News Flash: Blues Explosion Offers Rare LP For Contest Winners

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 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]