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Song of the day – 88: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

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To celebrate the fact there’s a new compilation featuring this overblown, over-hyped, New York rich kids plaything of a band, I thought I’d post a video of their one good song. (They have another good song, but don’t play a particularly good version of it. And it wasn’t even written by them.)

Yes, you’re quite correct. I do not like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Last time I caught them playing live, in Brighton a few years ago, I walked out after 30 seconds. Most the bands Jon Spencer has been in before and since – particularly Pussy Galore (of course), but also Boss Hog and those sweet-edged rockabilly cats Heavy Trash – are way, way superior.

Still. What the hell. This is still a great song: the fact its formula was repeated dozens of times by the Blues Explosion – and other bands – does not subtract from that.

Fuck it. I’m tempted to post the Pussy Galore ‘Dick Johnson’ video here and be done with it. But no. Let’s stick with the plan.

2 Responses to Song of the day – 88: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

  1. Anonymous June 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    this is even better mr. true

    the unkle remix.

  2. EverettTrue June 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Jerry said…
    (from Facebook)

    Jack Sargeant
    that Orange (?) live gig in Brighton was pretty average, but I saw the Blues Explosion do some fine shows ’round the first couple of albums. Tho’ I agree that Pussy Galore were a far better band and Boss Hogg’s Action Box was an awesome slab of plastic.
    23 May at 22:38 ·

    Sarah Newman
    Orange it is, and for anyone to pull off a decent gig in that soulless venue is a miracle , shame they didn’t play the concord would of been a whole different thing … I thought they were amazing all the same !!
    24 May at 01:46 ·

    Tony Mazzocco
    Come on ET. You’re the one who got me into this band recommending in Melody Maker one of my top 3 albums of all time “Now I Got Worry”.
    24 May at 16:27 ·

    JUNE 7, 2010 3:26 PM
    Jerry said…
    (from Facebook)

    Martine Leitch and Mark Headley like this.

    Mark Headley
    That is indeed the SWEAT of the blues explosion. But how well have Pussy Galore dated/aged/(im)matured. Loved them then love them still…
    24 May at 08:20 ·

    JUNE 7, 2010 3:27 PM

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