The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s performance at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival was a rare highlight during a festival which will more than likely be remembered for three things: The heat, the boring bands who played during those hot afternoons, and Pavement. Others didn’t quite see it that way, and Jon Spencer didn’t take to kindly to those sentiments, especially those made by Jim DeRogatis who compared The Blues Explosion’s performance to a black-face parody of the blues. For this, DeRo earned a “F*cking a**hole,” from Spencer.
There’s more, in this particular interview with Eye Weekly, of course.
On his decision to wear rubber pants in the steaming heat, Spencer replied, “I’m in a rock ’n’ roll band and I was there to play rock ’n’ roll. I didn’t go there to work on my tan or play hacky-sack. Jesus Christ, what’s this world coming to? Everybody gets so upset about me trying to look good! I’m getting to be an old man, but I’ve got a job, and I’m going to do it the best I can. F*ck these squares.”
To this, I say, “Amen, brother.” After watching so many bands play in shorts, and hearing so many of those bands in shorts complain about the heat, and then having to sit through painfully uninteresting sets by those boys and girls in shorts, it was pure joy to witness the Blues Explosion leave everything they had on that stage.