Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Melvins/Jon Spencer Blues Explosion- Black Betty (Splatter) 7"

Jon Spencer goes mano a mano with King Buzzo and his Melvins crew on this limited edition single. A mere 600 copies were pressed then sold on tour and through Amphetamine Reptile Records. They've already sold out so you'll need to have your own ebay boxing match if you want to get your hands on a copy. Both bands give raucous versions of the Leadbelly tune "Black Betty" here. Apparently, Black Betty was an early 19th century term for liquor and, justifiably, these versions go down well with a couple slugs of the sweet nectar. Jon Spencer should win this battle because the nature of the song is more in the Blues Explosion's wheelhouse, they are the Blues Explosion after all. However, the judges deducted points from Jon Spencer for the use of his version in a Volkswagon Super Bowl ad last year. It was a hard fought battle with both sides landing some good combinations, King Buzzo was on the ropes a couple of times, but the winner of this bout is.... Sideshow Bob and his Melvins!

Buy this record if you want to get punched by a bottle of tequila.


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