on 26 October 2010
One of the classic rock albums from the 90s, and a FANTASTIC mess of raw blues,
punk, funk and rock n roll, done with chicken grease and trash-king attitude.
PLAY THE BLUES...PUNK!!
Put a Stones song, The Birthday Party, some juke joint blues, James Brown,
hilarious lyrics, real showmanship, a funky drummer and a reeeal high strung
preacher in a bag, shake it like an alligators tale and you might end up with
the sound and the blast of THE BLOOOOZE EXPLOSION!
I saw another reviewer call it "a lo-fi hi-style stroke of masculine genius", heh heh,
and that's a description that is pretty accurate for songs like "Full Grown" and
"Blues X Man". There is not one remotely bad song on "Orange", but if I had to pick 4
favourites I would choose "Flavor", "Brenda", "Dissect" and "Bellbottoms".
This is The Blues Explosion masterpiece. Spencer and Judah Bauer have never sounded as
ferocious and focused as this, and Russel Simins' drumming is amazing all the way through;
hard, heavy and kick-ass funky.
As I already own the Experimental Remixes album, I don't care too much about the bonus
tracks, but all in all you get 6 added dustkickers; Both mixes of Flavor, a second version
of Bellbottoms(with a new drum break), the 10 minute kick-ass live medley the slightly
harder version of "Very Rare" and the "Calvin" mix.
The liner notes are excellent and very well written. It's interesting to read about the
recording process of Orange and about some of their heaviest influences; Jerry Lee Lewis,
The Meters and James Brown.
"...James Brown, whose influence on Spencer, Simins and Bauer weighed heavily on all parts
of the presentation, but especially on the drum-smashing, turn-on-a-diming, rhythm-and-
blues-exploding revues that had become their nightly ritual and had done as much or more as
the records to prime the pump for the success of Orange."
(From the liner notes by Mike Edison)
It's hard to compare the Blues Explosion to anyone. And how can you? They are
in a league of their own. IT'S THE BLOOOZE EXPLOSION LEAGUE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
THEY ARE NO.1 IN KANSAS CITY! NEW YORK CITY! THEY ARE NO.1 MY CITY! YOUR CITY!
ANY GOD-DAANG CITY! THEY ARE NO.1 FROM JULY TO JUNE! THEY ARE NO.1 ON THE MOON!
GET DOWN WITH IT NEIL ARMSTRONG!! BECAUSE THAT'S THE SWEAT OF THE BLUES EXPLOSION!
The only album I can think of from recent years that holds any resemblance at all
to "Orange", is Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Fever To Tell", so if you dig that album and have
missed The Blues Explosion, you're in for a blast.
It's unbelievable that Orange didn't make a bigger impact when it was released.
Nobody sounded as raw then. Nobody sounds as raw now.
on 24 November 2010
If you've heard the white stripes but you haven't heard the blues explosion theres something wrong and you should really get on the case right now!! Not that the white stripes are that similar but they got the fame and glory JSBX should have had. Anyway, Orange is probably the Blues Explosions best album, certainly the most focused version of all the madness, if that makes sense..... And if here you get the Experimental Remixes as a bonus its a very (very) good deal-featuring mixes by moby, beastie boys, beck, wu tang clan etc and is a quality item and worth having in its own right!