Plastic Fang [Bonus DVD]

Plastic Fang [Bonus DVD]

by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
     
 

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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's funky wild blues on critical albums like Orange and Now I Got Worry defined the band as being in a league of its own. With an intoxicating and sexy vocal growl, Spencer united with bassist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins toSee more details below

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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's funky wild blues on critical albums like Orange and Now I Got Worry defined the band as being in a league of its own. With an intoxicating and sexy vocal growl, Spencer united with bassist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins to define raw rock & roll outside of grunge, post-grunge, and modern rock throughout the 1990s. The bamboozled electronica mold of 1998's Acme album was sophisticatedly different, but the grit found in the band's previous work was a bit lax. The band might have known it as well; however, a change in direction was happening. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's eighth record, Plastic Fang, doesn't overlook anything this time, for the album exudes a new power. Spencer and his mates sought the expertise and slick work of musician/producer Steve Jordan, who brought brashness back to the front on Plastic Fang. "Sweet n Sour" flourishes with a huge guitar blast, and Spencer's tangy cool vocal howl has never sounded better. "She Said" is comprised of typical swagger, but it's the Rolling Stones-like romp of "Mean Heart" that's truly killer. It's Spencer's best take on a ballad, too, and it's bittersweet, but he's not totally hung up on love. The explosive wail of "Down in the Beast" definitely says so and the chug-chug-chugga rawk of "Money Rock 'n' Roll" rollicks even harder. As a songwriter, Spencer is impressive, and the Blues Explosion's collaboration with Dr. John and Bernie Worrell on the seductive, bluesy, and brooding "Hold On" suggests that Plastic Fang isn't exactly focused on one particular sound. It's simple, and the depth behind the band's musicianship has expanded into something fiery once more. With Jordan's assistance, Plastic Fang sounds live and abrasive, and it's infectiously undeniable. [Plastic Fang was later reissued with a bonus DVD, Fang Visual, that featured the videos for "She Said" and "Sweet & Sour," as well as live footage and interviews with the band.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2002
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861055822
catalogNumber:
558

Tracks

  1. Sweet N Sour
  2. She Said
  3. Money Rock 'N' Roll
  4. Killer Wolf
  5. The Midnight Creep
  6. Hold On
  7. Down in the Beast
  8. Shakin' Rock 'N' Roll Tonight
  9. Over and Over
  10. Mother Nature
  11. Mean Heart
  12. Point of View

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Theremin,Vocals,Stylophone
Jon Spencer   Indexed Contributor
Dr. John   Guitar
Bernie Worrell   Organ,Moog Bass
Willie Weeks   Hand Clapping
Russell Simins   Percussion,Drums
Judah Bauer   Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Steve Jordan   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Greg Calbi   Mastering
Don Smith   Engineer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Art Smith   Guitar Techician,Drum Technician
Steve Jordan   Producer,Engineer
Loren Chodosh   Contributor
Jen Czin   Contributor

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