V/A feat. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Play It! Volume Four: An EMI PYNX Play Compilation (CD, CANADA)

1998 EMI DPRO-1808
01. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Mr. Pinstripe Suit
02. Billie – Girlfriend (Radio Mix)
03. Pluto – The Goodbye Girl (Pop Goes The Girl Mix)
04. Placebo – Pure Morning (Radio Edit)
05. Wild Child – Renegade Master (FatBoy Slim Old Skool Mix)
06. Econoline Crush – Surefire (Fahrenheit 451 Remix) (Radio Edit)
07. Beastie Boys – Body Movin’
08. Fatboy Slim – Rockafeller Skank
09. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Talk About The Blues
10. Skinny Puppy – Rodent (DDT Mix)
11. Second Coming – Soft
12. Ice Cube featuring Mr Short Khop – Pushin Weight (Radio Edit)
Promotional compilation including The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion song Talk About The Blues (taken from the album Acme).

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, of course, 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.”

09. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Talk About The Blues
Writers: Spencer/Explosion
Recorded: Suz Dyer, Calvin Johnson and Greg Talenfeld
Mixed: Dan the Automator
Noises: Rick Lee
Scratching: Automator
ARTWORK: [unknown]


MATRIX: [unknown]