The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is offering its cyber-savvy fans a chance to win a box set which includes Controversial Negro, a rare 14-song, promotional LP recorded live in 1996 at the Hotel Congress in Tucson, Ariz.
Also included in the set is a previously unavailable video compilation, a Controversial Negro T-shirt and a Now I Got Worry sticker.
The contest asks fans to visit the site http://db.matadorrec.com/contest.html by Oct. 10 and caption up to three photos of the band. The 25 lucky winners will get the complete box set, while 50 runners-up will receive the LP.
Controversial Negro is currently only available on vinyl and was previously shipped to press and radio outlets.
Its cover art features a silk-screen of Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger with a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion sticker over his mouth, which many see as a statement protesting the fact that while the Rolling Stones are honored for appropriating African-American culture, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion get criticized for doing the same thing.
Songs on the album mostly come from Now I Got Worry, Orange and Extra Width.
There are currently no plans to release the album commercially. -- Randy Reiss [Thurs., Sept. 11, 1997, 3 p.m. PST]