Ahead of the release of his debut solo album and forthcoming EU headline dates and tour with The Melvins, Jon Spencer, the NYC underground-rock legend, returns with a video for new single “I Got The Hits” that delves into the darkest corners of America.

“Over the past year I kept seeing wonderful and strange music videos that had one thing in common: all were directed by an Alex Italics,” explains Spencer. “I determined to track down this young auteur with the aim of getting a similar cinematic sensation for my new album Spencer Sings The Hits!. Alex turned out to be a mild-mannered young man from Tucson Arizona living in Southern California. I gave him a free hand to pick the song and devise a treatment. The result is the scary slice-of-life that you can now see for yourself.”

“I love the creepy contrast with the song’s punk abandon,” continues Jon. “We filmed at a rented house in Santa Ana. At the end of each day, after the nearby nightly Disneyland fireworks had faded and the cast and crew had left, I would sleep in a bunk bed in the child’s bedroom. Turns out doing an entire video laying on the floor is harder than it looks!”

Spencer Sings The Hits Track Listing:

01. Do The Trash Can
02. Fake
03. Overload
04. Time 2 Be Bad
05. Ghost
06. Beetle Boots
07. Hornet
08. Wilderness
09. Love Handle
10. I Got the Hits
11. Alien Humidity
12. Cape

Tour Dates (w/ The Melvins):

10/19 – Eindhoven – Café’ Wilhelmina *
10/20 – Haarlem – Patronaat
10/21 – Kortruk – De Kreun
10/23 – Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
10/24 – Norwich – Waterfront
10/25 – Cardiff – Y Plas
10/26 – Leeds – Stylus
10/27 – Glasgow – Broadcast *
10/28 – Manchester – Academy 2
10/29 – Brighton – Concorde 2
10/30 – London – Koko
11/01 – Bristol – Exchange *
11/02 – London – Rough Trade East *
11/03 – Newcastle – Cluny 2 *
11/04 – Nottingham – Bodega *
11/05 – Arlon – L’ entropot *
11/06 – Brussels – Botanique *
11/07 – Muenster – Gleis 22 *
11/08 – Koln – Helios *
* = Headline Show

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.