Jon Spencer has had a long and fruitful career, playing in some of the most crucial, trashy, garage punk bands of the past 30 years, including Pussy Galore, the Blues Explosion, and Boss Hog. His name has become synonymous with a certain type of music.
Usually, whatever he puts out, you can be guaranteed it delivers trash punk awesomeness. His participation is like a grimy Good Housekeeping Seal Of Approval.
He’s done a lot over his lengthy career, but he’s never released a solo record.
That is, until now.
So, he teamed up with Quasi frontman Sam Coomes and drummer M. Sord and created this album. Spencer acquits himself quite well on his first foray into “solo” waters. Spencer Sings The Hits! brims with a live wire energy shot through with his patented, dirty sounding, fuzzed out riffs, along with metallic percussion that hints at Pussy Galore, to create one wild ride. Spencer sounds as feisty and plugged-in as ever.
“Trash Can” opens the proceedings, in fine, funky, fuzzed out form, while “Fake” rallies against all the phony rockers and johnny-come-latelys to the garage punk scene. He revisits this theme later on with “Beetle Boots.”
“Time 2 Be Bad” is an invitation for people to get down with their own bad selves. (Which is something he’s been professing for years.) “I Got The Hits” is a noisy, garage punk burner.
This is just a small sampling of some of the highlights on the album. Though to be honest, there isn’t a bad song in the bunch. Each song is imued with solid songwriting and electric energy. Truly a bunch of “hits.”
Spencer Sings The Hits! will satisfy fans of Spencer and his work, along with anybody else looking for a straight-up dose of ass-shaking garage punk. This will surely get your party started and also proves Spencer has stayed as vital and relevant as he’s ever been.
Get down and get with it. It’s time to be bad.