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Arguably the most critically hailed underground rock ‘n’ roller of them all, guitarist and vocalist Rob Carlyle of The Compulsions, recently spoke with On The Rocks With Jim Long. The discussion included a track-by-track breakdown of Ferocious, the newest release by The Compulsions which received an extremely rare “10/10” from Powerplay Magazine and “9/10” from Vive Le Rock, followed by a Q&A in which Carlyle answered questions and comments from listeners.
During the wide-ranging and free-spirited chat, the New York rocker also recounted meeting his musical hero, the legendary Keith Richards of both The Rolling Stones and The X-pensive Winos.

Carlyle: “When Keith put out Talk Is Cheap (1988), I went to Tower Records for the meet-and-greet. That’s the only record signing I’ve ever gone to. I was the last motherfucker in line, and I got up there and it was Keith Richards with (the other X-pensive Winos) Waddy Wachtel, Charley Drayton and Steve Jordan and they were just sitting there like this Mount Rushmore of Coolness. I had a couple of things for him to sign. I was totally geeked out. I was a casual guitar player at best by that point (I’m still a casual guitar player!), so I was just getting started and didn’t really consider myself a musician. But when I went up to him, I shook his hand and I said, ‘I just want to say, man, you’re the whole reason that I picked up the guitar in the first place.’ And he said to me, just like he says in all his interviews, he just shook my hand and he smiled, and he gave me that line that he always says, something like, ‘That’s what it’s all about, baby: They pass it on to me, I pass it on to you.’ And I thought, ‘Oh my God, he just gave me the classic Keith thing.’ So that was awesome.”

To hear the entire interview, in which Carlyle also credits an extensive list of influences including The Black Crowes, Black Sabbath, Faces, Funkadelic, The Georgia Satellites, Guns N’ Roses, New York Dolls, Nine Inch Nails, Jimmy Page, Pink Floyd, Iggy Pop, Social Distortion, Tom Waits and Joe Walsh, click here.

The Compulsions’ third album, Ferocious, was officially released in November 2020 and includes covers of “Dead Flowers” by The Stones and “Dust N’ Bones” by GN’R. On the now widely and wildly acclaimed 10-song release, Carlyle once again enlisted the heaviest New York-area players he could find, including world-famous guitarists, Earl Slick and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, best known for their work with David Bowie and Guns N’ Roses, respectively; plus, ex-Raging Slab bassist, Alec Morton; ex-New York Dolls drummer, Brian Delaney; and current GN’R drummer, Frank Ferrer. Additional personnel of note on Ferocious includes saxophonist, Craig Dreyer, who has worked with Warren Haynes and Keith Richards; guitarist, Hugh Pool, who is a New York Blues Hall Of Fame Master Artist; and backing singer, Nicki Richards, whose staggering resume includes Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna and many others.

Ferocious tracklist:

“Born On A Landfill”
“Band Of Thieves”
“Addicted”
“Dead Flowers”
“Dirtbag Blues”
“Funk #666”
“Killer In The Woodshed”
“Dust N’ Bones”
“Ferocious”
“Man With No Name”

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