Looks like the gang at Shout Factory is releasing a new “Roger Corman’s Cult Classics” edition of the 1979 Ramones cinematic masterpiece, Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, on DVD and Blu-ray. If you haven’t seen it, you can only imagine how awesome it is. If you need a little help with your imagination, we’ve got another clip below…the scene wherein P. J. Soles sings the title track to her all-girl gym class. Aw yeah. Actually, for a Roger Corman production, it’s rather tame!
Billboard has the news that Shout Factory will be resurrecting the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with a best-of compilation and an expanded reissue series starting next spring. “There isn’t going to be tons and tons of unreleased stuff,” Spencer says. “We’re trying to keep them to single discs.” There’s even hope for a reunion:
The Blues Explosion, meanwhile, remains “very much in deep hiatus,” though it did play a show during the summer in New York City. But Spencer predicts “there might be some more activity” in the wake of the reissues, and he doesn’t rule out the possibility of another new album. “We’re all up for it,” he says. “We’ve thought about it, talked about it, just haven’t done it.”
Meanwhile, Spencer is keeping busy with Heavy Trash. I had wondered why the JSBX stuff on Matador had gone out of print. I’ve got Orange on vinyl, but when I recently tried pick up a digital copy (CD or MP3), I was shocked that I couldn’t find it for sale anywhere. They must’ve had an exclusive licensing deal that’s expired. Anyway, let the 90s revival begin!