Jon Spencer / The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – NME: On The Couch (PRESS, UK)

5 December 1998 NME
Jon Spencer / The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - NME: On The Couch (PRESS, UK)
Issue of NME which features a short interview with Jon Spencer in their weekly ‘On The Couch’ column (Cristina Martinez answered these same questions in the issue of 22 April 2000)

Jon Spencer Photo: Eva Vermandel / Interview: Piers Martin

“Jon Spencer
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

What song describes you best?
“I don’t know who it’s by, but there’s this song and its refrain goes, “Crazy mixed-up kid”. If it came out at all it was probably in the ’50s. It’s a blues song. And also the theme from Star Trek. But not that new one.”

What is heaven?
“Being at home in New York with my family.”

What is hell?
“Dying, that would be bad. So would being stuck in the middle of woods without any clothes.”

What’s your earliest memory?
“Running around naked when I was like five or something, in Vermont.”

What is your greatest fear?
“I guess being eaten by bears. Because they’re kinda scary – huge with claws and fangs.”

Who is your all-time hero?
“Wrestler Hacksaw Jim Duggan. He just runs around and beats people up.”

What’s the worst trouble you’ve ever been in?
“I’ve been arrested; that’s the worst. It’s kinda fucked up. I beat this kid up in Vermont. But that’s childhood: kinda crazy.”

Who was the first love of your life?
“William Shatner. The man is a genius. Tears well up when I think about the man. I mean, Leonard who? William’s gonna help out on the next album – he’ll produce it. Kirk is my middle name, which is a nice coincidence.”

What is your greatest talent?
“I do a lot of voices. See if you can figure this one out. (Affects voice of asthmatic old man) ‘I’m trying to find…my way… back to… earth. Can you help me?’ Not Bob Dylan! It was William motherf___ing Shatner! He raises horses, you know. But what is most important in my life right now is trying to be a good father.”

Upon whom would you most like to exact revenge? Why? How?
“George Takei, man. In the original Star Trek series he played Sulu and it wasn’t right way he went around putting down Bill, trashing the old show. Maybe we could get Bill to stampede his horses and trample him.”

What is your most treasured possession?
“My wedding ring. At shows, when I’m all hot and sweaty, I have to make sure it doesn’t fall off.”

What have you most regretted doing while drunk?
“Too many things.”

What can you cook?
“My favourite right now is making breakfast for my son. It varies. Sometimes fruit, maybe waffles, French toast, toast with apple butter.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Can you read music?

If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
“I dunno, go to the girls’ locker room? Actually I’d probably panic at first. It’d be upsetting to find you were invisible.

What are your final three wishes?
“It’d be nice to meet William Shatner. And travel back in time in the Tardis to, er, see the Crucifixion. Maybe Dr Who should rescue Christ from the cross. Oh, and I wish I was at home right now.” “

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