|Review of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion self-titled album on Caroline records.|
|“The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (Caroline)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion sounds like a collision between Pussy Galore (Spencer’s old band) and Canned Heat. Think how strange Big Brother & the Holding Company or Quicksilver Messenger Service probably sounded to blues purists in 1967 and you’ve got the idea. Twenty-five years later, the blues is more twisted than ever. Spencer’s music has always leaned toward the chaotic, with careening guitars and rapid-fire -fire drumbeats holding it all together. As in Pussy Galore, there’s no bass; Spencer wields a theremin and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants contributes some sax.
Produced by Steve Albini and Kramer, this noisome disk practically demands that the listener be drunk to appreciate it. Blues only in the broadest sense, this is sloppy garage punk at its finest, plundering the trash of the past to create the trash of the present. if the idea of ’60s exploitation movies, Sam the Sham, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and porn can come together in your mind, this may bring them together on your turntable. – Jacqueline Jouret”