Jon Spencer

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is an alternative rock trio from U.S.A., formed in 1991 and based in New York City, New York. The band consists of Judah Bauer on guitar, backing vocals, harmonica and occasional lead vocals, Russell Simins on drums and Jon Spencer on vocals, guitar and theremin. 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 have released nine official studio albums, collaborative records with Dub Narcotic Sound System and R.L. Burnside as well as numerous live, singles, out-take albums, compilations, remix albums and, in 2010, a series of expanded reissues.

Originally from Hanover, New Hampshire, Jon Spencer (born 1965) attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where he was part of the noise rock band Shithaus, with Tod Ashley (Cop Shoot Cop, Firewater) before moving to Washington, D.C. where he fronted band Pussy Galore who would quickly relocate to New York. Spencer played and recorded with Gibson Bros., Boss Hog and The Honeymoon Killers prior to the formation of the Blues Explosion.

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As a fan of Pussy Galore and Boss Hog, which were Jon Spencer's main previous outfits, Peel took an interest in the musical career of the guitarist, inviting his Blues Explosion band for a session in 1993. The DJ played tracks by the trio through the 90's, attracted especially by their early high-energy garage rock sound, but seemed to lose interest in them after the turn of the century.

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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Peel Session 1993

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Peel Session 1993

1. Recorded: 1993-09-09. Broadcast: 09 October 1993. Repeated: 15 April 1994

  • Bellbottom / Blues Explosion Man / In The Red / Orange

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