Like your drunk neighbors are having open mic night
Now I Got Worry is the fifth studio album by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. It was released via Matador Records on October 15, 1996. "Fuck Shit Up" is a cover of a Dub Narcotic song. "Weird Al" Yankovic directed the music video for "Wail".
Like your drunk neighbors are having open mic night
Wow it’s rare that I hate something instantly. This accomplished that feat.
A disaster. While I enjoyed some of the guitar licks, they are wasted on these poorly written songs. The whole thing just comes off immature. As if the band was simply trying too hard to be weird and different to grab attention from the public. It is a disgrace to put albums like this next to the greats on the list, no matter how good some musicians are individually.
This might be fun (one time) as a live show but it doesn't translate well on record. His voice sounds like a bad Elvis impersonator doing Billy Idol. It seems like they are trying to cross to many genres at once but don't connect with any of them, it doesn't work. I can hear some Jack White/LZ in there but it would be at their worst (give me Jack White anytime). This one goes nowhere for me. 1.5 out of 5, so should I give it a 1 or a 2?
haha ok this is a hot ol load of Gen X shit right here! I gotta give it a 2/5 just for being so boldly awful, but I do actually really hate it
This is balls on toast. Hard pass.
Who would've thought that the band that wrote Bellbottoms, a song I enjoy immensely, would write other songs that I enjoy immensely. I can hear so many influences in bands I like coming out of this album - BDoD, VU (inspired by), Autolux even. A great modern garage rock LP
Still wild-out white boy blues and funk elements but trading in quirky playfulness for reckless abandonment. I like this album but it seems a little more self-aware cool than the loud and proud dorkiness that really captured me with Orange. Still a very fun record. I spent a lot of time with it.
Just way too much
White noise. Atrocious!
did not make it though one song
Noped out partway through the 4th song. It just sounded like noise to me. I guess I just don't get it...
Stopped listening after two and a half songs. Distracting noise. Can't work with this playing.
Reasonable songs length, reasonable album length. Seemed promising...However, the very first noise you hear on this album is screaming. Not cool. Couldn't listen to the whole thing. It made my ears hurt.
Don’t advertise the blues if you aren’t playing the blues.
When this album was generated to me, I got worried. This Jon Spencer Blues Explosion sounded like a genuine curiosity. Regardless of the rather opaque looking album cover, there was this thought that the album may be a hodgepodge of 90s indie excess of the worst kind. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about. This album is rather awesome, with its erratic, jam band oddball eccentricities being put to great usage throughout its fitful 45 minutes. Give this one a listen, it may or may not be to one's taste but, when experienced, it's a plentiful time spent.
Solid record. Fun to listen to.
32 tracks...... I can't stand phony over the top singers. But I love a good "Yeah" or yell in the middle of my grooves. Sometimes I feel like this guy is like a caricature of a Rock Genius. But it might be his lyrics, or that voice that is giving me pause. But by the end I was enjoying myself. I really enjoyed the band for sure, will definitely have this on in the background of a BBQ. distortion out of 5
Yeah, this is cool and intense. Orange is better though.
Mon compagnon d'écoute, l'inevitable Robtupperwear m'avait pourtant prévenu: cet album est extremement dangereux. C'est néammoins empli de curiosité que je me dirigeais en cette matinée vers mon compte Spotify, pour lancer l'album du denommé Jon Spencer. D'entrée de jeu, nous avons affaire à un imposteur - l'album ne contenant pas la moindre trace de blues. A la place, un cri strident s'echappe de la bouche de Jon a intervalle irregulier, ce qui rend l'écoute pour le moins désagréable. Pour le reste, un simple album de rock underground sans aucun intérêt, une sorte de Minutemerde en un peu moins pire. Un 2 néammoins, car nous avons déjà vécu bien pire dans cette fabuleuse épopée.
Nope, this is not the one
I did not like this very much.
This was m, quite possibly the least enjoyable time i’ve ever had listening to an album
Piss off Jon Spencer. You can't just screech into a mic and call it music. Also 1h20m of this bullshit is about 45 minutes too much. Why do you think people want to listen to over an hour of garbage noise? Piss off.
The beginning scared the shit out of me I thought Annemarie was being axed murdered downstairs. After finding out she was not being axed murdered and I had listened to about 20 more minutes of this album it gave me the urge to go on an axe murdering spree just to make sure that no one else on my street would ever have to listen to this album.
weird but good!
This was stuck to my CD player when it came out, apparently at the start of my second year in university, though I could swear it was in the first. JSBE had played one of the best rock shows I’d ever been to at UMIST two years before, making me snarling loyal to the band. I enjoyed this record, but would’ve played it a lot even had I not. After listening the shit out of it for a few months, or maybe the year, I moved on to other records, and have played it rarely since - this was the last JSBE record I bought in the week of release. Almost 30 years on, I still like it, and find myself predicting the riffs, textures and garagey-guitar sounds just before they reach my ears. I remember Simon Reynolds comparing the relationship of JSBE and The Jesus Lizard to the great rock bands of the 70s/60s as akin to that of Tarantino to Peckinpah - this post-modern art can look nice, but where's the flair, the excitement of the new, the innovation? A contemporary issue of Melody Maker drew a line from Shellac to Lenny Kravitz via JSBE. Both arguments troubled me as much as they entertained me. But the experience of hearing this post-modern artefact from the mid-90's is a happy one: what I feared might be schtick is a work of love towards the components: big, buzzing hooks, queasy melodic runs, hypnotic blue repetition, and gigantic drumming. I've just bought the deluxe version. The instruments sound great: Russell Simins one of the most fun drummers I've ever seen, and the record is a potpourri of thick and warm guitar growl and wobble. Spencer's rambling is unironically silly, and the yelps are those of an intelligent man trying to have fun. Awkward, irritating to many - clear from most of the other reviews here - loveable to me. Hard to speak of tunes around this record, as its more a collection of riffs and textures, a murky party record that has me move my shoulders up and down as I type, which is about as extreme as my dancing has been of late. I’ve a lovely memory of my dad poking his head into my bedroom as I was putting this on, and wincing in retreat to the opening scream of “Skunk”. Four, and not just out of sentiment. I am happy that I played it twice because I wanted to, rather than out of duty... To the Effort!
Incredibly unique, for better or for worse. Sometimes it comes across as groovy hi-volume punk rock with an Elvis Presley inflection, and sometimes it comes across as white people making noise for the sake of it. I can see why people would dislike it for the latter, but the former is just too intriguing for me to not enjoy. Album just kinda chugs along though, taking no time to let you digest the previous song as it hurls you into the next, and then the one after that. Herein, it makes for mainly nonsense and I can't help but shake that this sort of music is mainly built for a live crowd to just go buck wild, with little semblance of a setlist, opting for just "vibeS" (except the vibes are loud, crazy, and energy that are all off the charts).
Really enjoyed chunks of this - some brilliant guitar but found it dragged a little - there’s an amazing 10 track album in here - a very very strong ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Not bad punk, but as always, exhausting.
Yuck. Just a noise!
Just couldn't get into it. I'm not sure how this is a must-listen.
Wow. Esto se siente vivo.
Interesting alternative. Like gorillaz, but earlier
Wow! Awesome! High energy!
I've been listening to this since high school. I love the energy and chaos of this record. I'm not sure if this is the best JSBX record but it's the one I listen to the most. Also the video for Wail is still a good time.
10/10 One of the best modern rock bands
Første møte med dette bandet — wow!!
For the first album of this project, it was a lot better than I expected. This is definitely a sound that I would listen to. I enjoyed their song in Baby Driver ("Bellbottoms") and I didn't expect them to go so hard in this album. Will definitely be checking out some of their other songs. As for this album, I enjoyed many of the songs. The songs are quite cathartic, I enjoy a singer who has a powerful voice. The songs are very "grungy". They sound quite unpolished and noisy, but in a very good way. I also very enjoyed the Radio ad's included in the album. I am a sucker for "spoken songs" or just straight up "voice clips". I ended up saving "Judah Love Theme", "Sticky", "Love All Of Me", and "Skunk". But I imagine I will add more as I listen to this album again.
Fucking great album!
This needed a bit of time to settle in but holy moly it's worth preserving. Big Presidents of the US, Beck, kinda chaotic QOTSA, Dave Graney energy.
I WILL ALWAYS 5 STAR JSBE
This is exactly what I like. Raw and chaotic rock music. I love the madness in it
I've been waiting to get this album since I saw it was in the bottom ten of the entire book for a while. Not trying to be contrarian, but I really enjoyed this. This album is some dirty blues. I can see how it would be abrassive to some, especially on the first few tracks, but once you get into the madness, it's easy to get lost in. Favorite tracks: "Chicken Dog", "Hot Shit", "R.L. Got Soul"
o filho de mick jagger com o sonic youth
I weirdly liked biking around Chicago to this punk blues. Albums too long but it wouldn't be a blues album if it wasn't.
This bangs, may be my favourite Jon Spencer album
-This album was quite cool. A couple solid jams. -"Skunk," "Identity," and "Wail" were all solid
Really much better than I expected. I think the premise is "What if we played blues music, but in as alt-rock?" Overall it works much better than I would have expected and is entirely enjoyable. I'd never listened to this before, and I found it to be well done. I'd come back for seconds.
Lekkere deuntjes wel nogal gehaast.
Loved it. Nothing to worry about, explosions can sometimes be a good thing!
wow really cool and unique
A review for this album described it as being smacked in the head with sound. I'd have to agree. However, as bad as that sounds, I really enjoyed the album! Cool fusion of genres
This is the kind of music I'm doing this for. Completely unexpected and very interesting.
Raw garage-rock, sounded a lot like The Stooges and bands of that ilk. Really lively and exciting sounds, plenty of punk attitude and cool guitar and I like his singing style. I would love to mosh to tracks like 'Wail' in a club. Some of the experimental tracks are interesting but unnecessary and make the album a bit too long. On the whole though, some great stuff, I really enjoyed it.
Feels like the soundtrack to a movie where the protagonist sort of has a handle on things but soon falls in love and rethinks his dangerous lifestyle.
Very experimental, but sounds nice
I almost made the mistake to rate this album a 1 by just listening the screaming of the first song but, i always like to give another chance before the rating and was not disappointed. This is surely not a gold record in the sense of lyricism by any means but, it's still a fun experimental rocking live sounded type of record. Never heard of this band before in my life but i'll definitely give this more listens in the near future.
Noise rock and noise punk I'm familiar with, but noise blues... that's a new one. It was always an interesting record, if not always "good", necessarily. But man, when it slapped, it SLAPPED.
One hell of a fun album. Greasy, messy rock and roll. I have their album Acme, but this sounds quite different. Compares at times to The Cramps. Garage rock at its best. 4 🌟
I've never really explored JSBE. Every once in a while I hear one of their songs and think "damn, why didn't I ever listen to these guys." This whole album was like that.
Oh THIS is where that whole thing started...Good thing Jack White spends so much time giving credit where it’s due or else...wait...what?
Alleen qua naam bekend bij mij, geweldige plaat. Korte, toffe nummers!
The aural equivalent of the accumulation of dust and scratches on old film prints that have seen better days. One of those albums where obnoxious demo quality is exactly what the music needs.
A lotta buzz about this band in the 90's. Overall I thought they were very good, but seem to fall just short of amazing. Well not my fav album by them this does highlight all the different directions they go in.
Punk Blues cool madness. I love it.
The album lives almost exclusively from the fact that something is there and not there for the listener to hear. Like, for example, the tempo changes (or "out-of-time") are spectacular. (7/10) FT: Wail, Dynamite Lover
Very nice mix of blues and alternative.
I was not expecting to like this, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's blues rock (which I typically find boring) with a punk rock edge, which really helped me with this. There's a much better sound with that added gritty aggression.
The band smacks you over the head in the first minute with what one would could call a tuning or Spencer not quite getting there. That choice, however, like so many others which read as bombastic when introduced, is in facto considered enough to be consistent. That consideration might bear other fruit, or I might be blinded by the right kind of stupid that rockabilly entails. But the other voices aren't stupid, and neither is the way the Explosion gradually expands its palette, coming to a stop in Xiu Xiu territory. Not for everyone, but I'm a particularly grateful listener.
Rocked my sox off!
Punk blues. Me ha gustado. Un 4.
11th October 2022 Listened on the drive home from London. Chilled evening with bake off. Rough, raw and jagged, Jon Spencer punks up the blues. Loved it.
Primus but if they liked elvis more.
If only all blues could be like this. Danceable....boogi and a Woogie. Sort of a bluesy Cramps. There are songs here that I LOVE. Rocketship....WOW, but also 2Kindsa Love, Chicken Dog, Dynamite Lover (hmmmm almost straigt ahead blues), Hot Shit, turns up the garage quotient a la Cramps. The album starts off kinda weird and annoying with Skunk but quickly turns to weird and uniquely interesting; Identity is a punk/blues (if that's a thing) rave-up at it's finest. Wait turns on the heavy blues AND I LIKE IT! Then comes Fuck Shit Up. kind of a mash-up of non sequiters and weird looping guitars and burbling bass, weird but cool. Then the pace quickens on 2kindsa Love, to that blues/punk thing that just works for me. So I won't go through each song but suffice to say I find something to like in most every song. Previously, JSBX was only Acme for me...and I like that album but Now I Got Worry is just way more everything....more mess, more blues, more noise, more chaos, more musical goodness. 4.5 stars
This album is a strange fusion of blues, punk, and a bit of 50s rock. It is distinctly anti-establishment and is deliberately messy giving it a diy garage sound. The vocal delivery oscillates between a more straightforward punk delivery and almost a parody of Elvis like delivery. Overall, it is a strange and effective album.
The blues is number 1. I SAID THE BLUES IS NUMBER ONE!
45 Minutes of absoloute chaos, I absolutely loved it. I have crossed paths with TJSBE (as I assume fans call them) many times over the years (notably of course from Baby Driver) but never sat down to listen to them, despite knowing it would be my kind of thing. But that's what projects like this are all about right, to help you get round to all these artists and I'm so glad I did with this one. There's a lot of good riffery and songcraft in here, its just hidden behind the noise on purpose and strung together in a way which is a hell of a brave move to make and one I respect immensely. The songs are short and never outstay their welcome and the amount of influences on show are staggering. This is great stuff. 4/5
Dirty mutant blues n' roll.
Well fuck my bleeding ass harder than you ever have before, it's only me old mate Jon Spencer with one of the greatest pieces of music to ever penegrate my hairy hoop. Fuck me. Fuck everyone.
the name is a bit of a red herring. this was far better than the white man does delta blues i was expecting.
I really enjoyed this. Dunno when I'd go back go it but a great example of something you might only hear because of this list. Absurd. Ecclectic sound. Definitely not for everyone but very fun.
Noisy AF but completely exhilirating
Great album, but no idea why this one has been include instead of the one before: consensus album Orange, which is definitely 5 star and was a bit hit at the time with lots of buzz.
Gotta love Jon Spencer - totally off the wall chaotic rock and roll. I hadn't heard this one but really liked it.
Fun, but a bit disjointed and chaotic!
An interesting fusion of punk and blues. 3.5
Festa estranha com gente esquisita. Mistura de Punk com Blues e vale uma revisita mais pra frente. Destaque não está no disco. Bellbottoms, da trilha do Baby Driver é incrivel
A blues band with heavy rock influences. The sound is good but many songs on the album blend together.
Lots of genres on this album, alternative? prog? I think I like it a little bit.
I enjoyed this way more than I thought.
Much more rockin' than I thought it'd be. Probably worth exploring more of his stuff at some point