The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Talk About The Blues [Promo] (CD, GERMANY)

March 1999 Mute INT 293.415
01. Talk About The Blues (Album Version)
02. Lovin’ Machine (Automator Mix)
03. Calvin (Jim Dickinson Mix)
04. Talk About The Blues (David Holmes Mix)
05. Wait A Minute (Moby Version)
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NOTES:
German promo CD issued in card slip-case (taken from the album Acme).

This edition lists tracks 3 and 4 by the remixers names rather than the usual Zebra Ranch and For The Saints and Sinners.

Wait A Minute was issued in the UK as the Talk About The Blues 7″ vinyl B-side.

Rear sleeve features a promotion sticker including the company address and contact details.

This single, taken from the album Acme, was issued on CD and 12″ in the US and on CD, 12″ and 7″ in the UK.

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.

The review asked “what right young, white boys have to play the blues, the scribe opined that “Spencer’s faux backwoods drawl verges on minstrel-show insult.”

What actually sent Spencer off, however, was a tamer Rolling Stone Q&A, in which he answered earnest queries about how a New Hampshire boy fresh from sneering punk deconstructionists Pussy Galore fell for the authentic blues music of Hound Dog Taylor and Mississippi Fred McDowell.

After the interview – perhaps feeling his authenticity in question, perhaps frustrated that the soul, funk and hip-hop sides of his band get overlooked because of the name Blues Explosion – Spencer sat down and wrote “Talk About The Blues.”

[This text is from a CMJ New Music Monthly article titled ‘Acme Blues Explosives, INC’.]

The song lyric features a the line “I do not play no blues, I play rock and roll” which is a reference to the album I Do Not Play No Rock ‘n’ Roll by Mississippi Fred McDowell.

In a later Rolling Stone interview Jon Spencer said “I’d rather be known as a rock & roller. I mean we don’t really play blues. How would you describe it? It’s the exact opposite of Mississippi Fred McDowell. He’d always say, “I do not play no rock & roll.” He had a record called that, too. ”

SONG CREDITS:
Studios: Drama, Electrical, RPM, Greene Street, Waterworks, Dub Narcotic, Big House
Mastering: Andy VanDette and Howie Weinberg at MasterDisk
All songs Spencer/Explosion © 1998 (Dirty Shirt, BMI)

01. Talk About The Blues (Album Version)
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Recorded: Suz Dyer, Calvin Johnson and Greg Talenfeld
Mixed: Dan the Automator
Noises: Rick Lee
Scratching: Automator

02. Lovin’ Machine (Automator Mix)
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Recorded: Steve Albini
Mixed with Dan the Automator
Piano: Gregg Foreman

03. Calvin (Jim Dickinson Mix)
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Recored: Calvin Johnson
Mixed: Jim Dickinson
Horn Section: Brass Monkey
Special Guest: Othar Turner

04. Talk About The Blues (David Holmes Mix)
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Recorded: Suz Dyer, Calvin Johnson and Greg Talenfeld
Remixed: David Holmes with Tim Goldsworthy, Darren Morris and Phil Mossman
Contains elements from “Looking For A Bargain Part 1” by Rev. W. Leo Daniels. Used by courtesy of MCA Records under license from Universal Music Special Markets Inc. (administered by MCA-Duchess Music Corporation (BMI)

05. Wait A Minute (Moby Version)
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Recorded: Steve Albini
Mixed by Moby
Clavinet/Saw: Jeremy Jacobson
Percussion/Bass: Moby

SLEEVE INFORMATION:
COVER: “talk about the blues, the jon spencer blues explosion, jsbx99”

REAR: Tracklisting, mute logo, promo sticker and the following text; “Mute, +++for promotion only+++, LC5834, INT 293.415, the jon spencer blues explosion, jsbx99”

STICKER: “cd promotion, agentur fur populare musik, wiesenstr. 14, 37073 gottingen, Tel.: 0551/770.60.2-0”

DISC: “the jon spencer blues explosion, jsbx99, +++for promotion only+++ [compact disc, bel/BIEM and Mute logos] LC5834, INT 293.415, talk about the blues. All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work reproduced reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited. Alle urheber- Und leistungsschutzrechte vorbehalten – Kein verleih, keine unerlaubte vervielfaltigung, vermetung, auffuhrung, semdung!”

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MATRIX: “DOCdata Germany INT 293.415”

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