Here is my interview with Vancouver’s own electro-pop-r’nb’-hiphop trio Stink Mitt, which I did last Saturday. The band consists of Jenni Craige & Betti Forde and is backed by producer/rapper/vocalist Bigstuff. They played this years North by Northeast music festival and I caught up with them at the music market, which was held at Toronto’s Dundas Square.
Check out their myspace site and listen to songs from their upcoming Red Album and their first offering, Scratch and Sniff.
We talk about their new songs Jabba the Slut and Marilyn Monroe Sleepover, Berlin and Betti and I sing a line from Let’s Pretend We’re Married by Prince.
Stream Marilyn Monroe Sleepover (Flash required):
Photos by Bobby Sievert.
produzentin: I got to know your music when I moved to Toronto and Andrew and Will introduced me to it.
Obviously most of the native English speakers would get it, but I didn’t know what a Stink Mitt is. So for my German readers, what is a stink mitt?
Jenni: It is a festering vagina.
Jenni: Yeah, that’s one word to describe it. There are many: smelling, drenched, I don’t know, I like festering.
produzentin: When we met at the Powerball (a fundraiser for the Power Plant) you gave me your five track sampler from your new album which I played all week. How did Jabba The Slut happen? Did you get served by her?
Jenni: We were having a Star Wars fixation. We were all making jokes. I was making jokes in reference of me being Jabba as Jabba the Hut, but I am Jabba the Slut. And Betti was working at a whore house, so we decided to make a track, sympathizing with the overweight, tired, nearly retired whores.
Betti: Who totally worked guys for money. They’d be older and out of shape. And there were these young hot chicks but they would totally get the guys to pay 300 dollars to fuck them. I was like: You fucking rule. You’re old, you’re fat and you still making men paying so much money just to fuck your ass. Because you are just that wicked. (laughing)
Jenni: From the public eye there is no love and there is no recognition so we thought it was just time to speak up.
produzentin: And how do the old women get the men? Do they have secret tricks?
Jenni: Oh, when you get to that age you have many secret tricks. I think that especially if you’re having to keep coming up with new things and reinventing yourself to the point that you are Jabba, it’s all about the mystery.
Betti: It’s called having game. If you are a sex worker and you can work it then you got game and Jabba has mad game. And that is what the lyrics are all about. With these suckers right now…
Jenni: … you can fuck many different layers of Jabba. She has got so much more to offer.
Produzentin: I guess she can handle many men at once.
Betti: Jabba is a superwhore.
Jenni: She can probably have sex through her various orphises with many men.
produzentin: The other song that I really really like is more pop, Marilyn Monroe Sleepover. Tell me all about it.
Jenni: Me and my girlfriend we get together every week and we try to joyfully kill ourselves with vodka and pills.
Jenni: Not in a sense that we are actually trying to commit suicide but definitely enjoying and loving. Betti and I have a tendency to just binge. Binge ourself to the point that it is happiness. It is virtual suicide.
produzentin: Which pills do you use?
Jenni: Vicodin and Percocet with vodka.
produzentin: These are downers?
Jenni: Oh yes, we always stay downtown. I’ve never lived uptown.
Produzentin: Downtown this is where I want to be. So what is it about you guys and Marilyn?
Betti: Jenni and I, we have a real fascination with Marilyn Monroe and we both know a lot about her. And when we were writing this song we were trying to interweave the most sordid details about her life, like she always hung out in her bathrobe which was covered in period stains and she was wasted all the time. And when she died, five men at the morgue had sex with her corpse.
Produzentin: Yeah, sure.
Betti: That is from Anthony Summers. He wrote Goddess, The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe, which is considered the most credible book on Marilyn Monroe. They were like: “œDude, I don’t care if it is a fucking corpse, it is Marilyn Monroe. I’m sticking my dick in Marilyn Monroe, dude.”
And the chorus is kind of what’s going through Marilyn”™s mind.
produzentin: Did you know that Mariah bought Marilyn”™s piano?
Betti: No, I didn’t know.
produzentin: She has it.
Jenni: The ironic thing is, they both couldn’t play it. It is never been played.
produzentin: You took on the stage names Jenni Craige and Betti Forde. Today I have been to Jenny Craig”™s website and it reads: “œYou don’t have to be a celebrity to look like one.” Is this true?
Betti: Of course it is true. Celebrities don’t even look good. They just get airbrushed so they look good.
Jenni: We have this automatic attraction and people just wanna be us. We exert hotness on so many different levels, this is the back to the Jabba thing. Serious, I mean, it is kind of like that movie where Cheech and Chong, where Cheech had to scar his face so other people could get jobs. I really feel that…
Betti: … about Stink Mitt.
Jenni: Yeah, even at the playing ground. I could loose weight but my private trainer keeps me fat.
produzentin: So, it is not like with Missy Elliott, because they recommended to her, it would be good for her health to loose weight.
Jenni: No, he highly recommends that I stay on this weight and if I go under 200 pounds I would just die.
Jernny: It is like my therapist: “œStay on the booze and coke. If you go off the booze and coke you are gonna become so sane, you gonna loose your mind.”
produzentin: It would be sad.
Betti: It would be so sad. If I made money, that would be tragic. (laughing)
Jenni: And it would tear apart the band.
produzentin: You shouldn’t let it happen.
Produzentin: As a German in Canada…
Betti: A German, a German”¦ (makes fun of my German accent and reaches for her bag to pull out a Deutsche Volkspolizei hat)
Jenni: (to Betti) No, you don’t pull that out.
Betti: We have the worst hated hat in Germany.
produzentin: Let’s have a look. Ooooohhh, wow.
Betti: I got it at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.
Jenni (in a thick German accent): Germans hate that hat. And our friend was like: (thick German accent): Take that hat off.
produzentin: (thick accent) Take that hat off.
produzentin: As a German in Canada I always wonder what is going on in Germany. What is going on in Berlin, I heard it is quite happening over there!
Betti: One time, we had to stay at this place Eschschloraque at the Hackesche Höfe. And there are these mechanical animals outside and tourists put a Euro in and they go like “mmmeeeh” and make loud noises. We were trying to sleep at 8 am. So sketched out, so hung over, so Jenni threw her dirty, shit stained underwear out of a bunch of tourists.
Jenni: I took off all my clothes and I layed like I was raping naked in the pathway of the bar and my friend was pissing over me from four stories up. It was fucking poetry.
produzentin: I’d love to have a picture of that.
Jenni: Oh yeah, it is on the net.
produzentin: I bet. Are you in Berlin quite often?
Jenni: Twice a year.
Betti: We got some friends there now. Like the DJ Moe and DJ Andre, Connie Opper, who does Co-op and who runs the Rio. And Walli who runs White Trash and of course Peaches and our real estate agent Neil. Lots of big ups Berlin. (laughing).
produzentin: Have you ever met Avenue D? It would be a total slutfest, I guess, or would it be a bitchfest?
Jenni: I’m sure we would get along with those girls.
Betti: It would be slut on whore action.
Jenni: We’d definitely outwhore them.
produzentin: I’m sure. Who can compete with Jabba action?
Betti: I’m sure we’d like Avenue D. We heard they are really nice girls. And they worked with Larry Tee, didn’t they? They are friends with our friends, it is all love.
The Best Albums
produzentin: When is your new album coming out?
Betti: September 18th.
produzentin: What is the story behind the name The Red Album?
Jenni: Well, we were trying to release a compilation of Canadian artists or even international artists, women all doing menstruation songs. Then we looked and there was The White Album, The Black Album, I found a Brown Album and Betti was like: The Red Album. And we were like: Done. So that was it.
produzentin: What is the best album ever recorded?
Jenni: Del tha funkee homosapien, I Wish My Brother George Was Here.
Betti: 1999, Prince.
produzentin: My last question was going to be: What is the best Prince album ever recorded, because I know you are Prince fans?
Betti: My best track off that album would be Let’s Pretend We’re Married.
produzentin: And go all night?
Jenni: I’d say Baby, You’re A Star is my favorite track.
Betti and produzentin: That is Purple Rain, though.
Jenni: Oh off 1999, I like Lady Cab Driver, I like Delirious.
Betti: Delirious is the shit.
Jenni: It is in the Cheech and Chong movie again.
produzentin: It is?
Jenni: It is from Still Smoking.
produzentin: Thank you for the interview, I love you.
Jenni and Betti: Thank you, we love you.