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Beautiful Artefacts: Jon Spencer's Favourite Albums
Julian Marszalek , September 25th, 2012 11:41

The Blues Explosion frontman whittles down his favourite albums to a mean 13

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There’s been excitement round these parts concerning Jon Spencer. Not only is he preparing to unleash The Blues Explosion’s first album in eight years in the shape of the delightfully gnarly Meat And Bone, but also that he’s agreed to take part in The Quietus’ Baker’s Dozen. But more than the taking part, it’s Spencer’s choices that have caused much exhilaration. Very much a man whose formative years were in the 1980s, his selection destroys the notion that this is a man raised on three chords, ramalama and a handful of Brylcreem.

But while much joy is echoed on this side of the Atlantic, Spencer has had a tough time deciding his list.

“It’s hard thing to do, picking a Top 10 or in this case 13,” he tells The Quietus from his Manhattan home. “I initially had more than was needed and had a hard time whittling them down. But I think these are all good records, for sure.”

Explaining his selection criteria, Spencer continues, “I guess I tried to pick things that were very influential for me and really shaped my mind. But I also went for things were I thought, 'Oh, I’ve enjoyed this recently.'”

And in this respect, Jon Spencer has produced a wonderful and sometimes surprising list of albums. So sit back and read on…


Hector Sexual
Sep 25, 2012 4:22pm

I like the way you fill out your clothes...I'm gonna soak my head under your hose.

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lh is not spam
Sep 25, 2012 4:39pm

Hey, man. You goin' to the disco tonight?

Nah, man I a'wanna do that!


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Sep 25, 2012 6:11pm

I was sucked in to this article right at the top at Foetus "Hole" one of the 'game changer' albums of my life...Nothing sounded like it then, and nothing has sounded like it since...

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Sep 25, 2012 7:04pm

could you make that fucking awful guinness advert any bigger?

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Sep 25, 2012 9:15pm

The records he loves all make sense in a weird way and man, good fucking taste! half of that stuff is too dear to my heart and the other half looks like some great music to hear.
These columns are among my favorite on the quietus because I love hearing musicians talk about the music that made them make their own... and shit, this list is just another reason to hi-five jon spencer if I ever get to meet him. fucking ace, boss.

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Sep 26, 2012 1:53am

Once again Baker's Doz knocks it out of the park. Great article. Thankyu Mr Spencer. BLUES IS #1!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sep 26, 2012 2:37am

I'm down with pretty much everything here - am slightly surprised there's no Fall records as Pussy era Jon sounds as indebted to Mark E Smith as he was anyone else.

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Sep 26, 2012 4:18am

Jon Spencer! Woo! What a great selection!

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Sep 26, 2012 8:09am

Foetus, DAF, Neubaten, Cave ... Call the Cops! Spencer has just stolen my bakers dozen.

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Sep 26, 2012 9:43am

On the evidence of his Bakers Dozen, it was Jon Spencer who burgled my flat back in the mid '90s - who knew??

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art damij
Sep 26, 2012 12:37pm

cool choices,not what i 'expected' so to speak,but residents,neubauten,monks ..hell yeah!,'i got the bloody finger'..

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Sep 26, 2012 2:07pm

There's a feature to be written about the Immaculate Consumptive and the pivotal role it played in all those artists' careers. Anyone want to commission me to write it?

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Sep 26, 2012 5:16pm

Biggest Surprise: Lykke Li... Biggest "duh": Neubatuen.. Biggest Omission: No Stones at all? Biggest Letdown: No Royal Trux (snort)

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Sep 26, 2012 9:05pm

No Cramps? no Elvis?

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Sep 28, 2012 7:47am

Yeah, Thirlwell is a real genious :) Good teste of music!

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Sep 29, 2012 2:28pm

I agree with his comments on HOLE, but NAIL is a pretty fantastic work too.

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Oct 3, 2012 2:53pm

In reply to Rooksby:

In the mid 90's ? A bit past that era

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Nov 10, 2014 7:27pm

Spencer would never cop to the Fall because it would only further highlight what a lyrical retard he is; 30 years in rock roll and managed precisely ZERO good songs qua vocabulary, rhythm & rhyme? OK, a few riffs, a few hooks, slavish devotion to "Back From The Grave" but otherwise, it's white man a-motionalism writ over & over & over again. Dipshits lapped it up once, thanfully most moved on.

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