Compulsive Gamblers/Oblivians hero steps out
with a new solo release, Rat
City, out this week on
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum. Check the
stream of the title track, below.
Keith A. Gordon
founding member of both the Compulsive Gamblers and the Oblivans, Jack Oblivian
is as close to Memphis
garage-rock royalty as you’ll find. For all that Oblivian has accomplished
through the years, it’s often his solo work that shines the brightest.
Rat City (Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum) is Oblivian’s latest shot at glory, a
boiling, rumbling stewpot of fatback punk-blues, spicy garage-rock, and sweet pop
delivered in the Memphis
tradition. Whereas the title track is a streetfight with clashing
instrumentation and city-slang lyrics that would make Armand Schaubroeck blush,
cuts like the rollicking “Kidnapper” evince a Duane Eddy twang and
Alex Chilton soul. “Girl On The Beach” is a melodic romantic ode with
an undeniable hook while the stunning “Girl With The Bruises” is what
the Clash would have sounded like had they come from Memphis.
lot to like in this musical gumbo-Jack Oblivian’s one of rock’s lovable
outcasts like Chilton, Willie DeVille, and all those others who dared walk on the
edge with heart and soul.