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Jon Spencer taking Bellbottoms to the Dome tonight

Jon Spencer taking Bellbottoms to the Dome…tonight
‘Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. Right now, I got to tell you about…the fabulous, most groovy…’ 
 
The opening scene of Edgar Wright’s 2017 film Baby Driver is set to Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s extraordinary Bellbottoms. In fact, that was the song that triggered the director’s idea 20 years earlier.
 
“Imagine what that’s like for me! The germ for the whole movie,” Spencer tells SupaJam ahead of his new band, the HITmakers, playing the Dome in Tufnell Park on Wednesday 20 November. First gig of a short UK tour. 
 
It really was an amazing thing. An incredible sequence at the top of a five-star film and a great shot in the arm for Spencer after the end of the Blues Explosion.
 
Released a year ago, pretty much to the day, with a scorching UK launch show at Rough Trade East, solo LP Spencer Sings The Hits! reengaged with the singer/guitarist’s drivers, baby. 
 
It’s 12 songs in 33 minutes, Crampsy, trashy and vital; megaphone vocals, fuzzed out riffs and simple lead lines sitting on a fat bottom end. 
 
Sings The Hits calls out shit American politics, and rock ‘n’ roll pseuds, but never surrenders its sense of humour. Wilderness, track 8 if you’re counting, poignantly highlighting Spencer’s origins, ‘Rockabilly, disco, punk, soul, Trousers with flares…’
    
“The album was made with no company holding my arm behind my back. It’s got nods to the past but it’s forward looking too and the band is sounding great,” Spencer says. 
 
“It’s nice with the HITmakers, I can play Blues Explosion songs, Pussy Galore songs, Heavy Trash songs. Sam Coomes, our keyboard player, has had as long a career as I have in the underground music scene so we can do Quasi songs too.
 
“We change the set a little every time, we’ve played Denmark, Germany, Holland and we’re ready for London. It’s going to be a great night! Support is Ye Nuns, a fantastic Monks tribute band, so come early.”
 
 

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