The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is an iconic indie rock power trio that peaked in the mid 1990s with a unique blend of ironic rock posturing, swampy blues funk and fuzzed-out guitar skree. The band appropriated blues and rock clichés, folding those elements into a shambolic garage rawk sound that was equal parts self-aware post-punk and swaggering showmanship. Questions of authenticity dogged the trio throughout its career, but that was never the point. The band’s inspired put-on is presented as its identity and as a listener you either get sweaty with it or you don’t.
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