The Mekons/Kathy Acker:
"It was apparent that Kathy was ill [in September 1997, when she did
four performances of "Pussy, King of the Pirates" with the Mekons in
Chicago]. She had breast cancer but she said it wasn't anything--she said
she had food poisoning, which I think was meant to make us not go on about
her being so ill.
"She would die eight weeks later, but here she was still out in a nightclub--still onstage with the Mekons. "The 'Pussy' recording is a nice companion piece to her book. It was like a short story version of the book put to music--very interesting for us, musically. It was one of the best things we'd done in a long time. But it was dismissed [by the rock press] as a knocked-off thing-- because people couldn't handle it. A lot of male rock journalists could not deal with Kathy Acker.
"I think she made up the story about her illness so she could do what she wanted to do-- so people wouldn't put her in a hospital. She was a very difficult, demanding person. I liked her very much. I think she really liked working with us as well-- which was incredibly flattering to me. She wanted to do another album; she sang us some lyrics. So I've got some words we were gonna put music to. And maybe we still will."
- Paul Davies
Q, Issue #115 (April 1996)
More information about Pussy:
The Mekons & Kathy Acker: Pussy, king of the pirates, MTV review
Another Review of Pussy from Seattle Times.
An interview with Kathy Acker about Pussy and the Mekons.