The Compulsions’ main man and underground rock ‘n’ roll hero, Rob Carlyle, recently sat down for his second interview on The Chuck Shute Podcast. The purpose of the conversation was to catch up with Rob now that The Compulsions‘ newly released third album, Ferocious, has left reviewers with their jaws on the floor and their minds blown. Recent Ferocious reviews include a “9 Out Of 10” from connoisseur glam/punk magazine, Vive Le Rock, and a rare and perfect “10 Out Of 10” from diehard heavy metal publication, Powerplay Magazine
Both on stage and on record, Carlyle is notorious for recruiting guns-for-hire from the Guns N’ Roses and New York Dolls camps, namely Bumblefoot, Brian Delaney, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus and Sami Yaffa, as well as guitar icon, Earl Slick, and even dearly departed blues legend, Hubert Sumlin, among many other killer New York-area players.
During their discussion, Chuck asked Rob, “How did you get these guys? And did anyone turn you down?” After some explanation from Rob on finding and drafting players, Chuck persisted, “But is there anyone that turned you down, though?” Rob then chuckled and said:
“I reached out to Matt Sorum a while ago. Long story short, I was trying to make another version of The Compulsions. I was talking with a booking agent and he had this idea where he was gonna do a double bill with The Compulsions and Cherie Currie from The Runaways… and I needed a band. So, I reached out to Matt Sorum… and he wrote back immediately, and he was like, ‘Thanks for thinking of me but I’m actually working with Cherie right now’ and I think he produced an album for her. So, I guess you could say that was a ‘No.'”
Carlyle then chuckled again as he recalled, “And then, I did reach out to Slash‘s manager one time. I got his name through the grapevine and this was before the big GN’R reunion that went down. This was probably the year before or even the same year and it wasn’t public yet. So, I reached out to the manager just to see what the response would be (and) if he would even write back. And sure enough, he wrote back right away, and he was totally cool, and he was like, ‘Thanks for thinking of us but Slash is gonna be real busy coming up real soon.’ And he didn’t say what it was or what it involved. So, I guess you could say I got turned down by Slash and Matt Sorum,” Rob stated with another laugh.
You can now hear the rest of the conversation on Spotify or watch it below.
The Compulsions‘ third full-length album, Ferocious, was released on November 13, 2020. The 10-song release, which includes covers of “Dead Flowers” by The Rolling Stones and “Dust N’ Bones” by Guns N’ Roses, was met with instant critical acclaim, including “I Prefer Compulsions Versions Of GN’R, Stones Songs” from Get Ready To ROCK!, “Izzy And Gilby Fans Will Flat Out Love” from Sleaze Roxx, “Think Early ’70s Stones Transported To The Present Day” from Fear & Loathing and “Dark, Gritty, Raw, Honest” from Screamer Magazine, among far too many to mention in this space.
Ferocious features front man Rob Carlyle expertly backed by a rogue’s gallery of highly formidable musicians: Brian Delaney (New York Dolls), Craig Dreyer (Warren Haynes, Keith Richards), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Alec Morton (Monster Magnet, Raging Slab), Hugh Pool (New York Blues Hall Of Fame Master Artist), Nicki Richards (Madonna, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses, Sons Of Apollo) and Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), among many notable others. Ferocious is available now on Compulsions Records at Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify and more.