Orange (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion album)

Orange is the fourth studio album by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. It was released through Matador Records on October 12, 1994.[4] The Village Voice ranked the album #16 of the top albums of 1994.[5] NME named it the 16th best album of 1994.[6] In 2018, Paste named it the 48th best garage rock album of all time.[2] The single "Bellbottoms" was included in The Pitchfork 500.[7]

Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 12, 1994 (1994-10-12)
StudioWater Works (New York, NY)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion chronology
Extra Width
A Ass Pocket of Whiskey
Singles from Orange
  1. "Bellbottoms"
    Released: February 14, 1995[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [8]
Entertainment WeeklyB[9]
The List     [10]
Mojo     [11]
Record Collector     [13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [14]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[16]
The Village VoiceB−[17]

Michele Romero of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a grade of B, saying, "The resulting cross between rock & roll and insanity can be thrilling in its fervency; it can also be as boring as a band warming up before the show."[9] Tom Breihan of Pitchfork gave the album an 8.6 out of 10, calling it "an absurd burst of swagger and libido, as rendered by three total expert musicians."[12] Thom Jurek of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying, "Orange is almost entirely new sonic terrain -- but it keeps the trio's trademark sweaty, musical terrorism and hedonistic rage up front."[8]

In popular cultureEdit

'Bellbottoms' notably featured in the opening of the 2017 film Baby Driver directed by Edgar Wright.[18]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Judah Bauer, Russell Simins, and Jon Spencer.

4."Very Rare"3:06
10."Blues X Man"3:35
11."Full Grown"3:21
2010 reissue edition bonus tracks
15."Miss Elaine"2:57
17."Bellbottoms (Original Long Ending)"2:33
18."Brenda / BX Man / 78 Style / Greyhound (Live at CBGB)"10:48
19."Frustrate (VPRO)"4:36
20."Very Rare (VPRO)"5:49
2010 reissue edition bonus disc
1."Bellbottoms (Old Rascal)"8:17
2."Flavor Part 1 (Mike D)"4:46
3."Flavor Part 2 (Beck & Mike D)"4:09
4."Soul Typecast (Dub Narcotic)"3:42
5."Greyhound Part 1 (Moby)"4:14
6."Greyhound Part 2 (GZA)"3:24
7."Tour Diary (Original Full-Length Version)"17:10
8."Explo (Plunderphonic)"2:36
9."Blues "XXX" Man (Prince Paul)"3:21
10."T.A.T.B. (For the Saints and Sinners)"7:24
11."Attack (Detroit)"3:15
12."Shakin' (S60 V JSBX)"4:06
13."Lapdance (Benzel-Waters)"5:53
14."Calvin (Zebra Ranch)"4:01


  1. ^ Perry, Adam (May 20, 2015). "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Has Mastered Primal Fun". Westword. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The 50 Best Garage Rock Albums of All Time". Paste. January 29, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Bellbottoms". Ultratop. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Orange – This Day In Matador History". Matador Records. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "The 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. February 28, 1995. Retrieved February 12, 2008.
  6. ^ "Albums And Tracks Of The Year: 1994". NME. October 10, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  7. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott; Schreiber, Ryan, eds. (November 2008). The Pitchfork 500. Simon & Schuster. p. 127. ISBN 978-1-4165-6202-3.
  8. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Orange – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion". AllMusic. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Romero, Michele (November 25, 1994). "Orange". Entertainment Weekly. p. 77. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  10. ^ Robertson, Mark (March 16, 2000). "Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Extra Width (Mute) / Experimental Remixes (Mute) / Orange (Mute)". The List. No. 382. p. 46. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Chick, Stevie (January 2011). "The big bang". Mojo. No. 206. p. 112.
  12. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (October 26, 2010). "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Orange / Acme". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Orange". Record Collector. p. 94.
  14. ^ Appleford, Steve (2004). "Jon Spencer Blues Explosion". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 767. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  15. ^ Morris, Gina (October 1994). "Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Orange". Select. No. 52. p. 106.
  16. ^ Sheffield, Rob (1995). "Pussy Galore". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 317–18. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  17. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 21, 1995). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  18. ^ "Baby Driver Opening Scene". 18 July 2017.

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