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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - 'Firefly Child'

By Michael Cosgrove
Posted Jan 30, 2011 in
KillerKiller! You know that delicious sound when guitarists hit the strings so hard they waver out of tune? Well, the sublime riff in this song does it from the first note till the last, and the way it crashes back into the song at 2:40 is downright and devilishly vicious. This is an object lesson in how to seriously abuse a guitar. It's joyously violent and anarchic, it's fun and ballsy, it's terribly erotic and sensual. In other words, it's what rock 'n' roll music invented itself for.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion comes from New York (where else, with this kind of explosive energy?) and they don't need a bass player. Spencer plays guitar, there's a drummer, and the bassist, well, there isn't one. The nearest you get is a bassist who doesn't use basses, she just uses regular vintage guitars but radically down-tuned, that which gives them their awesomely raw and bassy sound.
'Firefly Child' is off the studio album 'Now I got Worry', released in 1996.
I saw them in Bordeaux. They just ripped the place to bits. More earthy and honest than this you just do not get.
The video only has one pic on it so it's not worth watching so turn it up loud and annoy the neighbors while you pour yourself an aperitif in the kitchen. If this doesn't make you feel like a rock 'n' roll animal nothing will.