In a brand-new interview with Laurent Lépine of Kool Radio, Rob Carlyle, founder and frontman of The Compulsions, was asked “If you could choose the best lineup for The Compulsions, what would it be?”
Although The Compulsions have featured several players from the ranks of Guns N’ Roses and New York Dolls, as well as Alec Morton (Monster Magnet, Raging Slab), Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), and even the late, great Hubert Sumlin (Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf), Carlyle politely declined to answer but instead offered, “There’s a dream lineup in my head that would just f*ckin’ blow the planet apart. I just haven’t really made it happen… but maybe it will one day.”
Rob then asked the host for his opinion on the matter, which prompted the following exchange:
Lépine: “First of all, Izzy Stradlin would be amazing with you!”
Carlyle: “Well, he would. I love Izzy, I love Izzy – but I need a strong lead guitar player. That’s the way I look at it. You know? So anyways, but yeah dude, I love Izzy. Izzy would never do it because – he would never do it.”
Lépine: “You never know.”
Carlyle: “Yeah, Izzy would never do it. I love Izzy. I don’t know that we’re different enough – and I’m not saying that I’m the same as Izzy Stradlin, I mean the guy’s a f*ckin’ hero and a genius… now that’s a genius. I’m thinking more along the lines of like, I need a borderline virtuoso guitar player who can f*ckin’ throw down some insane leads. I’ve only started getting good at that recently. And then, I need a badass drummer and a f*ckin’ great bass player. There’s a few guys out there that I have in mind but there’s one dream team in particular – but I really don’t want to say.”
You can hear the entire “uncut and uncensored” interview here.
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 “Izzy And Gilby Fans Will Flat Out Love” from Sleaze Roxx and “I Prefer Compulsions Versions Of Stones, GN’R Songs” from Get Ready To ROCK! Additional reviews include “9 Out Of 10” from Vive Le Rock and an extremely rare “10 Out 10” from Powerplay Magazine.
Ferocious, features Rob Carlyle along with a rogue’s gallery of highly formidable New York-area players: Brian Delaney (New York Dolls), 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), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses, Sons Of Apollo) and Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), among many notable others. Ferocious is available on Compulsions Records at Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify and more.