Jon Spencer Gets Help From A B-52

Dec. 15, 1996 -- Never let it be said that The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion puts on a predictable show.

The trio shocked a capacity crowd (that included punk icon/budding actor Iggy Pop) at New York's Roxy Saturday night when the B-52's Fred Schneider joined the Explosion on stage. Schneider brought his trademark vocal style and prancing stage presence to the Blues Explosion's "Chicken Dog," which featured vocals from bluesman Rufus Thomas on the latest Jon Spencer effort, "Now I Got Worry."

Workaholic Blues Explosion drummer Russell Simins (who can also be spotted with Cibo Matto in side project Butter 08) played with Schneider on his 1996 solo release, "Just Fred," which explains the seemingly odd pairing.

The Blues Explosion have made a bit of a habit out of inviting unlikely characters on stage during "Chicken Dog." In Los Angeles on November 22, the band teamed with Weird Al Yankovic (who directed their next video, for the song "Wail") and bashed out the song.

The Roxy show was the band's last of the year, but it will hit the road again in January.