The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Acme [Promo] [#1] (CD, US)

20 October 1998 Matador / Capitol OLE 322-2P / 95566 2 1 V

01. Calvin
02. Magical Colors
03. Do You Wanna Get Heavy?
04. High Gear
05. Talk About The Blues
06. I Wanna Make It All Right
07. Lovin’ Machine
08. Bernie
09. Blue Green Olga
10. Give Me A Chance
11. Desperate
12. Torture
13a. Attack
13b. Calvin (Reprise)
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NOTES:
US promo CD issue in stickered card slipcase. There was a second promo version issued by Matador Records. Commercially released in the US as a DigiPak CD and on vinyl.

Calvin, Magical Colors, Heavy, Talk About The Blues were all released as singles.

An earlier version of Attack was released on Selector Dub Narcotic and titled Blues Explosion Attack, this has much more raw live-sound and totally different lyrics.

High Gear is titled Italian Country Pickup on the Japanese promo CD.

The title of the song Bernie is a tribute to a Blues Explosion fan who follows the band around the country. The song was originally “called Get Down With Brian for this Dub Narcotic guy, but Albini called it Get Down With Bernie. We shortened it as a tribute to him and to the friends of the Blues Explosion.” – extract from Rolling Stone article Track X Track.

The song Talk About The Blues was written as a direct response to a Rolling Stone review of Now I Got Worry and Q&A with Jon Spencer and the title is a reference to I Do Not Play Not Rock ‘n’ Roll by Mississippi Fred McDowell. The song is discussed in detail in both a CMJ New Music Monthly article titled ‘Acme Blues Explosives, INC’ and a later Rolling Stone interview.

Talk About The Blues was commercially released as single on 7″ (UK), CD (UK/US) and 12″ (UK/US).

In 2010 Shout! Factory / Shove! Records issued Acme + Acme Plus as a double CD with numerous additional tracks.

SONG CREDITS:
01. Calvin
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Calvin Johnson
Remixed and Arranged: T-Ray

02. Magical Colors
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini
Mixed with Greg Talenfeld
Piano and Organ: Jeremy Jacobson
Backing Vocals: Talenfeld

03. Do You Wanna Get Heavy?
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Suz Dyer
Mixed with Dan the Automator
Backing Vocals: Dexter Conyers, Lee ‘Scout’ Ford, Jerome ‘Rome’ Cohen and Jason Powell
Scratching: The Automator

04. Italian Country Pickup (a.k.a. High Gear)
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded/Mixed: Steve Albini

05. Talk About The Blues
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Suz Dyer, Calvin Johnson and Greg Talenfeld
Mixed: Dan the Automator
Noises: Rick Lee
Scratching: Automator

06. I Wanna Make It All Right
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini Mixed: Chris Shaw
Organ and Synthersizer: Shaw

07. Lovin’ Machine
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini
Mixed: Jim Water and Scott Benzel with Dan the Automator
Piano: Greg Forman

08. Bernie
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Suz Dyer and Calvin Johnson
Mixed with Nick Sansano
Backing Vocals: Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens
Organ: Brian Weber
Piano: Sansano

09. Blue Green Olga
Writers: Cunniff/Explosion
Published: EMI April Music Inc./Grand Royal Music/Luscious Jackson Music, ASCAP/Dirty Shirt, BMI
Recorded: Suz Dyer Mixed with Dan the Automator
Backing Vocals: Jill Cunniff
Organ: Joel Diamond
Scratching: Automator

10. Give Me A Chance
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini Mixed: Chris Shaw and with Greg Talenfeld
Organ/Synthersizer: Shaw

11. Desperate
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini
Mixed with Greg Talenfeld and Dan The Automator
Harmonica: Talenfeld
Backing Vocals: Audrey Rose

12. Torture
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Suz Dyer
Mixed with Dan The Automator
Additional mixing with Nick Sansano

13.1. Attack
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Published: Dirty Shirt (BMI)
Recorded: Steve Albini
Mixed with Alec Empire and Dan The Automator
Scratching: The Automator

13.2. Calvin Reprise:
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Mixed: Jim Dickinson
Horn Section: Brass Monkey
Special Guest: Othar Turner

SLEEVE INFORMATION:
Advance CD
LP CD in stores October 20, 1998
(p) © 1998 Matador Records, 625 Braodway, New York, New York 10012 www.matador.recs.com
Capitol Records, 1750 Vine Street, Hollywood, California 90028 hollywoodandvine.com
For Promotional Use Only – Not For Sale CDP 7243 4 95566 2 1 V OLE 322-2P

DISC: All songs: Spencer/Explosion © 1998 Dirty Shirt (BMI) except Blue Green Olga by Cunniff/Explosion © 1998 EMI April Music Inc./Grand Royal Music/Lucious Jackson Music (ASCAP)/Dirty Shirt (BMI)
(p)© 1998 Matador Records, 625 Braodway, New York, New York 10012
www.matador.recs.com
Capitol Records, 1750 Vine Street, Hollywood, California 90028 hollywoodandvine.com
For Promotional Use Only – Not For Sale CDP 7243 4 95566 2 1 V OLE 322-2P

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