Their musical style is largely rooted in rock and roll  although it draws influences from punk , blues , garage , rockabilly , soul , noise rock , rhythm and blues and hip hop. They released nine official studio albums, collaborative records with Dub Narcotic Sound System and R. Burnside as well as numerous live, singles, out-take albums, compilations, remix albums and, in , a series of expanded reissues. Throughout the course of their career this experimental sound and occasionally unconventional recording techniques has allowed the band to work with a number of diverse artists including Elliott Smith , Beck , Solomon Burke , Steve Albini , Martina Topley-Bird and Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys.
Spencer played and recorded with Gibson Bros. With the Blues Explosion, there was some of that, but now I was into celebrating it. They were signed to the large independent label Matador Records between and in the US, Crypt Records between and in Germany and Mute Records between and in the UK although they have released material on a number of different labels including the reissues on Shout Factory in the US and Shove Records in the UK.
The band had been playing together for six months when they had their first recording session with Kramer at Noise NY, New York in July and recorded fourteen songs over the course of three hours, "only doing second takes here and there, we didn't even go to the mixing board". This was an unofficial album issued by "Pubic Pop Can", at some point between late and early , in an edition of or copies the figure varies between sources.
It has been suggested that the source of the bootleg was a dubbed copy of a cassette that Jon Spencer let somebody copy during a tour with the Gibson Bros. The front cover image on the album is a negative of Clarence Thomas , his wife, and George Bush at Thomas' swearing in ceremony for the Supreme Court on October 19, , with the title and artist written in a typewriter style font.
The rear sleeve features hand-written titles and label information over the top of a photograph of a topless woman. Both front and rear artwork are pasted onto a plain black sleeve. The title refers to the convicted felon William R. Horton who was used extensively for political advertisements during the presidential campaign. As band lore has it, Caroline never sprang for the set, and the Blues Explosion's tenure there was short-lived and acrimonious.
This was the first of the Explosion Juke Box Series singles inspired by "a similar series of Charlie Feathers released in the 70s"  the third single in the series, "Get With It", was actually an arrangement of a Feathers single from The b-side "Latch On" is a Jon Spencer arrangement of a rockabilly song despite the fact that The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion recording has very little in common with the most well-known recordings of this track released by Ron Hargrave and The Cochran Brothers.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion version is more than likely a cover of the Cochran Brothers version of this song as both tracks feature the words "you are really gone" which do not appear in the lyrics sung by Ron Hargrave. Matador made good with Stax, and the band enjoyed a decade-long partnership with the label". The album graphic design copies a package of panty hose purchased in Memphis, Tennessee. It is said that during this time Jon Spencer's stage persona evolved and he established what is now synonymous with a Blues Explosion live performance.
It was time and art. He got better at it. The James Brown -style show was an old method, but Jon brought it to another level. Before that, it was punk — he was into it, but he was coy. He wanted to be watched. The wailin' theremin spits out sound and adds to the cathartic confusion.
If this is real and not theatre, I'm disturbed. Extra Width was released in June The accompanying Lost Weekend compilation album was limited to copies and included the song "Afro". Afterwards presenter Mark Lamarr said "they're the best live band I've ever seen. During an interview with Dutch magazine Oor Jon Spencer said that the release of Mo' Width was delayed until two months before the release as the next studio album. The original vinyl Matador Records was as a silver-coloured picture disc and first issue of the Crypt Records edition had orange-coloured sleeves rather than the usual silver.
The VPRO session was issued as an unofficial 10" bootleg which included otherwise unreleased songs "Curfew Blues" and "Wriggle and Move" and the "Intro" is edited together in the same way as "Tour Diary" on Experimental Remixes and at least two segments appear on both releases.
In October the Blues Explosion made their first attempt to record a live album at DPC, Tucson, Arizona, US but the performance was plagued with technical problems and was stopped when an audience member threw a stink bomb. By September Orange had sold 70, copies. In Experimental Remixes was reissued with new remixes on CD and double vinyl and Orange was reissued on CD with an enhanced section featuring "Dang", "Flavor" and "Bellbottoms" music videos and on the vinyl edition was packaged with a poster.
The album was reissued again in by Shout! Burnside album Mr Wizard. Both albums featured cover artwork by Derek Hess. It was pretty much the same with Rufus Thomas. These sessions were mostly between February 5 and 13, the same time as the recording with R. Each of the covers features a slightly different photo by William Bankhead of the same text. Jon Spencer can be seen running through the audience, around the set and destroying the "Blues Explosion" back drop. It wasn't planned, it just kinda hit me. It may have just been exhaustion.
You reach a point on tour and you get a bit punch-drunk. That show is broadcast live in the morning! They were all really nice about it though! In a new version of this album was released by Shout! Records expanded to include b-sides, rare tracks and the previously unreleased "Roosevelt Hotel Blues" featuring Beck and Money Mark.
In May Controversial Negro was released. The sleeve for this release is referred to in an article titled "Mo' bitter blues" originally published in May To the casual observer The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion may seem like little more than surly, self-important nihilists with an all-encompassing persecution complex. Yet their studious reserve in the face of journalistic interrogation is hardly surprising when you consider that the staunch traditionalists of the American rock media have recently branded them as racists, simply because they've dared to treat the blues as something other than a sacred museum piece.
A situation soon to be exacerbated by the band's forthcoming promo live album, rather incautiously titled 'Controversial Negro' and garishly illustrated with a day-glo Warhol print of Mick Jagger's iconic countenance. Ultimately, Jon Spencer is playing with fire. Towards the end of the track someone asks Flava Flav the following question: "Now we're considering you for a part in our new production, how do you feel about playing a controversial negro? The artwork used on the promotional version along with the title Controversial Negro was originally intended for Now I Got Worry.
John hit used on the soundtrack to Scream 2. Spencer said: "The reason we did that Scream 2 soundtrack was to try working with a producer. We were definitely into the Dr. Octagon record — it's a great record, and also a bizarre kinda record. So besides 'Right Place. Whilst in Chicago they also met Andre Williams who was playing locally.
The singer explained: "Some of Acme was done in the old-fashioned Blues Explosion way, me working with the engineer, but we were also casting a wide net. Some songs were mixed and remixed by different producers, which is one reason it got so expensive, and some of them were eventually stitched together from two or three different mixes.
We weren't being so precious about these songs, we were letting other people work on it and then we'd shuffle the deck. Acme was released in October The singer told MTV Online: "I think that people are really going to be surprised when they see the acting on the part of the Blues Explosion. When people get a load of some of the heavy, dramatic, really very intense scenes that we pulled out from our souls, I think people are really going to be blown away Throughout the life of the band the use of the word " blues " in the band name has caused a great deal of debate.
If we tried to record some song that was a response to criticism as it happened, that would be too heavy-handed. The lyrics stayed true to the original off-the-cuff feel, what you call a rant. But it's not such a big deal, you know. A lot of that stuff just doesn't merit a response. The Terry Richardson directed video is a compilation of still photographs. During the nine and a half minute performance Jon Spencer made full use of the television studio, running through the audience, standing on the desk and was carried back to the stage by one of the bemused presenters.
Whilst on the desk Jon referred to and shook the hand of Jackie Chan who was given a copy of the album Acme. The window was smashed and a mess of gear was stolen, including mics, amps, rack equipment, and the original Vanguard Model Theremin.
The Shout Factory! The original artwork for this album was culled from comics. Various editions of this album featured different track listings but there were guest appearances by Dr. Damage was the only album to be released on Sanctuary Records and for this release the band were temporarily known as just the Blues Explosion. The shortened name lasted less than two years. Very Much. As a side note, the band Guitar Wolf once recorded an homage to the creator of the power chord, Mr.
The single "Burn It Off" was issued with music video directed by Stylewar. It number 77 in the charts. The sleeves for all the Damage -era released featured photography by Ashkan Sahihi and design by Chip Kidd. This particular event caused a furore behind the scenes when Mike Edison wrote a "crazed conspiracy rant" about Jon Spencer being replaced with Tom Waits for the Blues Explosion website. This was part of a bigger plan to get the a picture of Tom with Russell and Judah and send it out with a tongue-in-cheek press release "Tom Waits Blues Explosion" to see if the story would get picked up by the mainstream press but before the event took place a record company publicist took the text direct from the Blues Explosion website and sent it out as a legitimate press release and very nearly led to the show being called off.
Jon Spencer has been wrangling his brand of the blues — extrovert, down-and-dirty, pinched by punk and acknowledging a debt to Little Richard and Carl Perkins as much as Hasil Adkins and Son House — for around 14 years now. And have he and his band enjoyed even a taste of White Stripes-like acclaim? Have they flick" . Of Crunchy NME said it was "packing the kind of irresistible groove that would shoot straight to the number one for 14 years in any right-thinking world.
The track lasts approximately 60 seconds and around 20 seconds of this is used during the programmes intro sequence and the menu screen on the subsequent DVD release. The band played Orange followed by a set of non- Orange songs.