Metal queens

Hairspray and headbangers at Zuzu; 7L’s new blends
By DAVID DAY  |  July 19, 2006

FROM LEFT: Alicia, Christine and Chrisinda of Jukebox
“Tonight’s like the night where there’s all sorts of hot-chick DJs who like Metallica?” gasped an enthusiastic club patron on a recent night in Central Square. “I’ve heard about those nights at ZuZu. They’re infamous!”

“Yes, yes, they are,” says LITA FOREPLAY. “Come on in!” Lita, a/k/a ALICIA MASON-GUILD, is one of the three hot chicks who spin at JUKEBOX, the Tuesday metal night that’s been rocking ZuZu for the past seven months. “It goes one way or another. Either it’s people playing records in your living room or sometimes it goes crazy — it’s pouring out into the streets, there’s people dancing, going nuts, taking their clothes off and all the rest of it.” Setting up in front of the storefront picture windows, the girls blast Journey, Van Halen, and Poison out onto unsuspecting Central Square passers-by.

“We each have our own style that works together,” Lita explains. CHRISTINE MOORE is the punk-rock and new-wave guru and Lita spins ’70s and ’80s rock, but CHRISINDA WAIN is the real metal heart, as Lita explains. “Chrisinda will play a lot of lesser-known ’80s metal — she’s got a great record collection. And everyone has their own technique, too. A lot of times, when I’m DJing, I’ll put on something ridiculous like the 16 Candles soundtrack or a Tina Turner song. I like to be funny when I play stuff. If people start going nuts in there, we’ll play Prince for a little while and then go back into Sabbath.” The three rock chicks met through mutual friends but soon found their love of metal made them a kind of super-team. All three hail from the Boston suburbs (Foreplay is from Easton), and all three know how to rock a party. “There is a chunk of kids that are weeknight kids that work in the restaurant/bar scene, and this is their Saturday night. Usually around midnight, people start dancing, and then everyone’s best friends immediately.”

None of the three DJs has a regular night; Mason-Guild bartends at the Milky Way and Moore and Wain work at the Umi Salon on Newbury Street, but Tuesdays are for rocking out. “There are a lot of nights in Boston that sort of blend together,” Lita points out, “but everyone loves to go out and listen to rock and roll. A lot of people who come are like, ‘Oh. My. God. I haven’t heard this song in 10 years!’ Eighty-five percent of it is metal, but sometimes, I mean, I play Huey Lewis and the News almost every night. But that’s kind of metal in its own way, isn’t it?”

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