Soul Sisters Podcast: Kristin Kontrol Explains How Stealing Shirley Manson's Taxi Changed Her Life

Kristin Kontrol
Jimmy Fontaine

"Garbage was the first time I went to a concert, so that was the adorable back story," says Kristin Kontrol about her recent tour opening for the iconic '90s alternative rock band. But her history with that band, and its lead singer Shirley Manson, gets even more cosmic than that.

"Kristin Kontrol" is the new solo stage name of Kristin Welchez, formerly known as Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls. On this episode of Soul Sisters, Welchez recalls a time in New York City when she hailed a taxi while standing down the street from a woman with a "really sweet leoapardprint coat and really incredible hair." While getting into the cab she recalls, "I look back and someone’s swearing at us, and we basically had stolen the cab that Shirley Manson was waiting for."

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"I tweeted an apology and she figured out who I was and put it together and ended up liking my band," Welchez tells us, "and we sort of had an internet friendship for a little bit." Now, as she embarks upon her new incarnation with the latest album X-Communicate, the artist finds herself officially anointed by one of her heroes. 

"We’ll keep it weirdo," she promises of the new direction. "That’s the beauty of being a solo artist – it’s whatever you’re in the mood for."

Listen to the full episode below, hosted by Darah Golub and Jessie Katz and recorded at NYC's Chord Club, and be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future episodes.


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