The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Extra Width [Press Release] (PRESS, US)

24 May 1993 Matador Records
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Extra Width [Press Release] (PRESS, US)
Extra Width press release sent out by Matador Records with a promotional photo and a number of photocopied reviews including All Roads Lead To Jon Spencer… [3400 Words] and a short review of the self-titled album on Caroline records.
the jon spencer blues explosion
Extra Width (OLE 055-1/2/4) LP/CD/CS

Formed in 1991, the New York-based Blues Explosion are led by Jon Spencer, the founding guitarist for Pussy Galore, the group whose 5 year reign of confusion served to excite and/or offend most of the underground rock scene. Joined by drummer Russell Simins and guitar ace Judah Bauer, the Blues Explosion are an economical, yet strangely charismatic antidote to the bloated “expression” that passes for high n-r-g music today. While the twin-guitar / drums / no bass lineup has been attempted before (most notably in the Beatles after Paul broke his neck in the motorcycle accident), the call-and-response 6-string effect only makes sense if one guy’s response is something other than “what? I can’t hear you.” Flash musicianship, false starts, false endings, false middles too, the Blues Explosion’s rich musical mosaic ties rock, punk, garage, hardcore and r&b idioms together in the way that celebrates the power of each, while transcending the limitations of the lot. As a matter of fact, categorization is such an evil, fascistic thing, we’re busy organizing protest marches and die-ins in anticipation of your getting it wrong (and to make sure that doesn’t happen, we’ve included previous press clippings that you can “appropriate” or “sample” or whatever.) While we do think there are a few other groups on Earth nearly this innovative, they all record for other labels, so fuck ’em.

Jon Spencer – vocals, guitars, theremin
Russell Simins – drums
Judah Bauer – guitars, vocals


A Reverse Willie Horton (Public Pop Can LP, 1992)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (Caroline CD/LP/CS, 1992)
Crypt Style (Crypt LP, 1992)
“Shirt Jac” (In The Red 7″, 1992)
“History of Sex (Clawfist 7”, 1992)
“Son of Sam” (In The Red 7″, 1992)

for additional press information, please contact Spencer Gates at (XXX) XXX XXXX. College radio music directors are invited to call the Matador Accurtron 2000 Promotions Simulator at the same number.

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