Acme (album)

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Acme
ACME (allbum).jpg
Studio album by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Released October 20, 1998 (1998-10-20)
Genre Punk blues, alternative rock
Length 45:28
Label Matador
Producer Calvin Johnson, Steve Albini, Dan the Automator, Suzanne Dyer, Jim Dickinson, Alec Empire
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion chronology
Controversial Negro
(1997)
Acme
(1998)
Xtra-Acme USA
(1999)
Singles from Acme
  1. "Talk About the Blues"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Magical Colors"
    Released: 1998
  3. "Heavy"
    Released: 1999
  4. "Calvin"
    Released: 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Boston Phoenix 3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
Houston Chronicle 4/5 stars[5]
NME 7/10[6]
Pitchfork 7.1/10[7]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 7/10[10]

Acme (stylized as ACME) is the sixth studio album by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. It was released via Matador Records on October 20, 1998.[11]

A follow-up album was released the following year, featuring b-sides and remixes from Acme. It was released in two versions, Xtra-Acme USA and Acme Plus.

"Talk About the Blues" music video[edit]

In late 1998, a music video for the fifth track in the album, "Talk About the Blues", was released in the MTV channel. The video, directed by Evan Bernard, features movie actors Winona Ryder, Giovanni Ribisi and John C. Reilly as the Blues Explosion, with the actual band members acting in several scenes inspired by classic detective films.[12][13][14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Calvin" 3:03
2. "Magical Colors" 4:10
3. "Do You Want to Get Heavy" 4:08
4. "High Gear" 2:07
5. "Talk About the Blues" 3:58
6. "I Wanna Make It All Right" 3:45
7. "Lovin' Machine" 3:44
8. "Bernie" 3:01
9. "Blue Green Olga" 3:40
10. "Give Me a Chance" 3:16
11. "Desperate" 3:17
12. "Torture" 4:09
13. "Attack" 2:29

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 72
US Billboard 200[16] 180
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[17] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Acme – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion". AllMusic. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ Carioli, Carly (November 2, 1998). "Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: ACME (Matador/Capitol)". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  3. ^ Browne, David (October 23, 1998). "'Acme' and 'Wander This World' are steeped in delta blues". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ O'Reilly, John (November 6, 1998). "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Acme (Mute Records)". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Berry, Colin (October 18, 1998). "Red-Hot Sounds From Blues Explosion". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  6. ^ Morton, Roger (October 19, 1998). "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Acme". NME. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  7. ^ Breihan, Tom (October 26, 2010). "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Orange / Acme". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Acme". Record Collector: 94. Here was a new kind of soul that's rarely been matched. There's gospel, hip-hop, even doo wop... 
  9. ^ Kot, Greg (November 12, 1998). "Blues Explosion: Acme". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 26, 2006. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  10. ^ Wolk, Douglas (November 1998). "Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Acme". Spin. 14 (11): 119. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  11. ^ "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Acme – This Day In Matador History". Matador Records. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Winona Ryder Takes Over Reigns Of Blues Explosion For New Video". MTV. October 12, 1998. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Talk About The Blues". YouTube. January 7, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Jon Spencer of the Blues Explosion: My Life in 10 Songs". Rolling Stone. March 23, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Jon Spencer Blues Explosion". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  16. ^ "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Chart history - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  17. ^ "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Chart history - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 

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