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New York City (1990 – present)

The Blues Explosion is an American band formed in 1990 in New York City. After the demise of Spencer’s D.C. band Pussy Galore, he teamed up with guitarist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins to form The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (sometimes abbreviated to JSBX). They were known by this name until 2004, which Spencer changed because “It’s always been a band, never a solo project,” saying “the name change honors a band.”

Their sound is a diverse and raw combination of punk rock, blues, noise, rock & roll, soul, funk, urban, and rockabilly, with an occasional theremin solo. Members played in bands such as NYC’s The Honeymoon Killers and Boss Hog prior to the formation of the Blues Explosion.


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  • mic330

    Live photos JSBE:

    14 May 2012 Reply
  • LOST3o3

    i can dig it .

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • bilgee0629

    Oh Boy! It is What i'm looking for

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
  • siallangulling

    dear guy, merge.

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • gsm007g

    YES..this the way it's supposed to be....??? Have you had enough of this misery...???"

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
  • spinninlilly

    love this band! i have an awesome video of their show in philly! will upload to my youtube page

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Anyways, Damage is criminally underrated. With production from The Automator, DJ Shadow, and David Holmes and with features from Chuck D and Martina Topley-Bird. The album is flawless. Pay no attention to ignorant reviews from internet nerds.

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Damage and its singles is filed/tagged under Blues Explosion. Everything else is tagged as The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. EASY.

    18 Apr 2010 Reply
  • MattKlomp1

    Just heard that Jon Spencer Blues Explosion was confirmed for Pitchfork fest this year - very exciting news. Can't wait to pick up 'Dirty Shirt Rock 'N Roll' this week

    29 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Autistic_Cucoo

    It'd still be like merging "Jefferson Airplane" and "Jefferson Starship". / They "are NOW known as Blues Explosion", they weren't before. All I'm saying is that IMO you should put in the artist field whatever's written on the CD, since a band changing their name doesn't change what's written on their older stuff.

    2 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Autistic_Cucoo

    The band changed their name from "Jon Spencer's Blues Explosion" to "Blues Explosion"... so why merge anything. It's a name change ffs. It'd be like merging "Jefferson Airplane" and "Jefferson Starship". So chill the fuck out already.

    6 May 2009 Reply
  • WorldWide_Mono

    Yeah, someone needs to flip flop that

    19 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SubverseRadio

    The Stooges and Iggy & the Stooges – different personnel in each band but merged by Blues Explosion and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – same personnel in each band but not merged. Eh?

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
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    10 Oct 2008 Reply
  • groo-7

    i don't think they should merge, if the band itself made it clear it was a change of name. it's not like it's one of those with or without the THE or something similiar. The 'Before 2004 known as ...." in the band description is enough for me.

    2 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Gabriel_KFZ

    Cmon Merge it!!! check out this band brazilian blues explosion

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
  • ffresh


    20 Aug 2008 Reply
  • danielsnalls

    If you like JSBX - try The Punches, free for download!

    27 May 2008 Reply
  • gypsy_eyes1982

    something is moving :)

    28 Mar 2008 Reply
  • gypsy_eyes1982

    I just wish they're doing something about the merging (and separation) of ids. Hope the fingerprinting is working

    16 Mar 2008 Reply
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