24th Mar2010

History Lesson: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

by Todd

The Blues are #1!

As iconic a figure as there ever was in the 90′s, Jon Spencer led one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands of our generation. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (since 2004 known simply as Blues Explosion) is an American punk blues band, which was formed in New York in 1990. Singer Jon Spencer was previously the leader of the noise punk band Pussy Galore before hooking up with Judah Bauer (guitar) and Russell Simins (drums) to form the Blues Explosion, a band that was part of the 1990s alternative rock boom. This bass-less combo had their breakthrough in 1993 with the album “Extra Width” on Crypt Records. After signing with Matador Records, Spencer expanded his audience and strengthened his reputation as an amazing live act. Equal parts Elvis Presley, James Brown and the great blues artists he referenced, he brought an energy and vitality to alternative music that was sorely missing.

In 2010 Major Domo Records has begun to re-release the early JSBX albums, starting with the amazing compilation, “Dirty Shirt Rock ‘N’ Roll: The First Ten Years.”

When making a list of artists that we’d love to interview, Jon Spencer’s name invariably ended up in our top ten. Given that, it was quite a honor and pleasure to spend a few minutes talking about the his musical past, his impressions of the current music industry and the future of the Blues Explosion. Here’s the audio of this weeks’ broadcast!

Jon Spencer/TDOA by TDOA2011

To purchase the JSBX “Dirty Shirt Rock ‘N’ Roll: The First Ten Years.” compilation, click on this link.
Dirty Shirt Rock ‘N Roll: The First Ten Years

2 Responses to “History Lesson: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion”

  • Uncle Chig

    Very good interview. I’ve rarely heard Jon speak about his bands and this new anthology sounds good. Cheers for this.

  • MattKlomp

    Great post! The ‘Dirty Shirt’ greatest hits record is sure to get a lot of new people into this band, certainly a good thing. Very excited about those re-issues as well!

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