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During a recent appearance on The Bay Ragni Show, THE COMPULSIONS‘ founder and front man, Rob Carlyle, talked about THE NEW YORK DOLLS‘ recent nomination to The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Past COMPULSIONS albums, Beat The Devil (2011) and Dirty Fun (2015), featured former Dolls bassist, Sami Yaffa; and newly released COMPULSIONS album, Ferocious (2020), features former Dolls drummer, Brian Delaney. You can now watch the chat below. Asked for an opinion on the… Read more »

UK Loves NY’s The Compulsions’ “Ferocious”

The new Compulsions album, Ferocious, rates an astounding 9 out of 10 according to widely regarded UK music magazine, Vive Le Rock! Read Mark McStea’s full review of Ferocious, “The Perfect Blend Of Rhythm N’ Groove” and “Low-Slung Rock N’ Roll With Attitude” in Issue #78 of Vive Le Rock! Grab it at newsstands now!… Read more »

THE COMPULSIONS – You Can’t Keep A Good Band Down

Picture a frontman on stage in a dark club. The air is hot and steamy due to the perpetually malfunctioning air conditioning, and the club smells vaguely of stale beer. The guy is wearing worn jeans, black T-shirt and headband, and he’s playing a beat-to-shit old Fender Telecaster with a lit cigarette jammed in the… Read more »

THE COMPULSIONS – Ferocious – album review

There are certain genres of music that are associated with geographic regions. Speak of “Southern Rock” or “The British Invasion” or “The Seattle Sound” and instantly certain bands and songs come to mind. If someone mentioned the phrase “New York City Rock ’n’ Roll” what would you think? “Dark, gritty, raw, honest,” might be apt… Read more »


Last year, Screamer reviewed the album Dirty Fun by the Complusions, a New York-based band fronted by vocalist/guitarist Rob Carlyle and featuring an all-star lineup: Guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer of Guns N’ Roses, and bassist Sami Yaffa, who played in Hanoi Rocks. The album got rave reviews across the board for the… Read more »

THE COMPULSIONS: Unveil Trailer For New Album ‘Dirty Fun’ Out Now; Performance And Interview Set To Air On “Nights With Alice Cooper” Thurs. June 11

  With their new album DIRTY FUN, THE COMPULSIONS have delivered one of most exciting new releases of 2015.  Refreshingly infectious, DIRTY FUN–out now onCompulsions Records–features the talents of vocalist and rhythm guitarist ROB CARLYLE, lead guitarist RICHARD FORTUS (Guns N’ Roses), drummer FRANK FERRER (Guns N’ Roses) and bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls). The critically acclaimed New York City-based group unveiled a new long-form trailer for DIRTY FUN, today (6/1),… Read more »

THE COMPULSIONS – Coolest Band In The World?

Cool. It’s a factor that is greatly desired, but at the same time very hard to attain. Cool can’t be manufactured or bought–something is either cool or it isn’t. Retread bands with one original member playing the summer county fair circuit are not cool. Anything labeled “the hottest new trend” is probably not cool. And… Read more »


There is something completely refreshing and honest about a band that is unconcerned with being hip; a band that doesn’t dress in the latest styles or have trendy haircuts. A band that lets the music speak for everything. The Compulsions are all of the above. You know what we’re talkin’ about? These guys just rock…. Read more »

THE COMPULSIONS – Live at The Viper Room – 4/16/15

When Gene Simmons made his now-infamous pronouncement “rock is finally dead,” his was roundly pilloried, but that little sound bite was taken out of context. Simmons was referring to how difficult it is for musicians to make a living since the advent of digital file sharing. Rob Carlyle, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist for The Compulsions joked… Read more »

The Compulsions Bring Their Live Show To New York and Los Angeles This Week – Tonight… (video)

THE COMPULSIONS rhythm guitarist ROB CARLYLE, lead guitarist RICHARD FORTUS (Guns N’ Roses), drummer FRANK “THUNDERCHUCKER” FERRER (Guns N’ Roses) and bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls).   WHO:         The New York City quartet THE COMPULSIONS will bring their unpretentious, down-and-dirty rock ‘n’ roll to New York and Los Angeles… Read more »

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