The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – A Reverse Willie Horton (LP, US)

1991 Pubic Pop Can PORK 01
A1. Twenty-9
A2. Type Cast
A3. Water Main
A4. History of Sex
A5. Rachel
A6. Chicken Walk
A7. Big Headed Baby
A8. Support A Man

B1. Lovin Up A Storm
B2. Comeback
B3. ’78 Style
B4. You Gonna Change
B5. White Tail
B6. What To Do
B7. 40lb Block of Cheese

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – A Reverse Willie Horton (LP, US) - Cover
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NOTES:
Black vinyl LP. The front and rear art work are two separate images pasted onto a plain black card sleeve (with the exception of white text reading ‘JACKET MADE IN CANADA’ on the rear).

Catalogue Number is written as PORK 01 on the rear sleeve but PORK 001 on the Labels and run-out groove.

The exact release date and number of copies is unknown although it is more commonly listed as 1991 it could have been issued in early 1992. The exact quantity in circulation is unknown as some sources state there are 500 copies and others give 1000 as the total run.

The cover image is a photo of Clarence Thomas, his wife, and George Bush at the Thomas’ swearing in ceremony for the supreme court (19 October 1991) with the colours inverted.

This is the first release by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion which is actually a bootleg (which was put out by Siltbreeze Records) and one of the many alternate versions of their first album. This release has an alternate track listing, running order and the tracks are mixed (slightly) different compared to the authorised releases on Crypt, 1 + 2, Caroline and Hut.

During an interview with Fiz Magazine (Issue #5) Jon Spencer discusses the various editions of the first album and hints at the origins of this particular release; “When I was travelling around with the Gibson Bros. last year I had a tape of that with me because we had just done it. I let a few people dub it so maybe something came from that.” although it has since been suggested that the album was released the band’s consent and it seems unlikely that the record was made from a dubbed cassette.

The following is an extract from an interview originally posted on Vertigozine.co.uk: “The Blues Explosion’s very first sessions have already been immortalised on vinyl bootleg (before their first official album was out) which documents the original studio session as engineered by New York’s most famed producer, Kramer (Ex-Butthole Surfers, Bongwater and founder of the Shimmydisc label) and their second session which was presided over by Steve Albini (ex-Big Black/top producer/all round bitch.) According to Blues Explosion drummer Russell Simins and guitarist Judah Bauer, the Kramer session took just two and a half to three hours in which they recorded fourteen songs, only doing second takes here and there. “The thing is that on some of that stuff, that three hours of rock mixes, we didn’t even go to the mixing board. That’s all on record: that bootleg – ‘A Reverse Willie Horton’.”

Support A Man, White Tail and Type Cast all feature false starts.

Although other sources have suggested that You Gonna Change is not on this album it is definitely there. It looks as though there are only six songs on side B as there is no gap between ’78 Style and You Gonna Change. ’78 Style lasts 1:26 and has an abrupt ending which is immediately followed by the abrupt start of You Gonna Change. These songs are also next to each other on The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion but there is a visual space on the vinyl and CD tracks change at the right point.

You Gonna Change was titled Changed on The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

A1. is titled Twenty-9 on rear sleeve, Twenty Nine on label and Twentynine on Crypt Style (CD, JAPAN). This recording of the track is a completely different and features an alternate intro to the one released on Crypt Style.

40lb Block of Cheese is indexed as two tracks on the vinyl.

Album closes with Jon Spencer saying “That’s all we have time for, ladies and gentlemen we have to go, we have to go, thank you. That’s all we have time for, good night”.

The first album was available as A Reverse Willie Horton, Crypt Style (CD / LP), Crypt Style [25 Tracks / Japan], The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (CD / CASSETTE / LP) and on 10 August 2010 Shout! Factory released a 38-track compilation titled Year One which takes tracks from all of the early releases.

VIEW: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – First Album Tracks / Running Order

SONG CREDITS:
“all material (p)&(c) 1991 clay thomas music”

Engineered: Kramer
Recorded in July 1991.

A1. Twenty-9
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 1:59

A2. Type Cast
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 1:51

A3. Water Main
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 1:12

A4. History of Sex
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 1:51

A5. Rachel
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 2:21

A6. Chicken Walk
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 2:45

A7. Big Headed Baby
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 1:07

A8. Support A Man
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 2:00

B1. Lovin Up A Storm
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 1:42

B2. Comeback
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 3:02

B3. ’78 Style
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 1:35

B4. You Gonna Change
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 1:08

B5. White Tail
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 2:35

B6. What To Do
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 1:34

B7. 40lb Block of Cheese
Writers: Spencer / Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise NY, NYC, July 1991
Run Time: 1:52

SLEEVE NOTES:
REAR SLEEVE: Tracklisting and “A Public Pop Can Production”

LABELS: “Pubic_Top_Can_Pork Record 001/Side B Lovin Up A Storm_Comeback_’78 Style_ You Gonna Change_White Tail_What To Do_40lb Block of Cheese/all material (p)&(c) 1991 clay thomas music

Pubic_Top_Can_Pork Record 001/Side A Twenty Nine_Type Cast_Water Main_History of Sex_Rachel Chick Walk_Big Headed Baby_Support A Man/all material (p)&(c) 1991 clay thomas music”

DETAILS:
ARTWORK: [no details]

BARCODE: n/a

RUN-OUT GROOVE ENGRAVING:
A: “”PUBIC-POP-CAN-POR|K-001”-A”*
B: “”PUBIC-POP-CAN-PORK-001″-B”

*the run-out groove engraving does feature an extra vertical line immediately before the ‘K’ in ‘PORK’.

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