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I need to buy more oblivians, I just have Soul Food. Recommend more please...

Gear! (Gear!), Friday, 16 April 2004 18:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I just have Popular Favorites, and I like it good.
I really like Reigning Sound. That shit is off the chain.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Friday, 16 April 2004 18:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Popular Favorites is my favorite...maybe more "mature" than soul food...less manic but better songs ("Bad Man" is my fav. Oblivions song) of my favorite album covers of all time....

God they were a great live band.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Friday, 16 April 2004 18:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Popular Favorites is the only other one I ever liked, though it's not nearly as strong as Soul Food.
Play 9 Song With Mr Quintron isn't all that hot, and the 10" releases were pretty weak.
You might want to get some Compulsive Gamblers (the pre-Oblivians band) though. never liked them myself, but everyone I knew who was into Oblivians, swore by CG as well. Jack Oblivian has some boring solo albums in similar style too.

Øystein H-O (Øystein H-O), Friday, 16 April 2004 18:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the live record released last year is awesome

duke oblivian, Friday, 16 April 2004 18:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yes!! live album is good - that's live in atlanta, right? best of the worst is a good intro.
i like the compulsive gamblers stuff that was recorded after oblivians broke up - bluff city and crystal gazing luck amazing. so low by jack oblivian is worth checking out, as well.

lauren (laurenp), Friday, 16 April 2004 18:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I have a "bootleg" live Oblivions LP from years back , and it is just awesome -- a total shit sound. "Plate in my Head" is a jam.

Justin Farrar (Justin Farrar), Friday, 16 April 2004 18:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the affable but bonkers owner of the record store in my old neighborhood in brooklyn was obsessed with that song.

lauren (laurenp), Friday, 16 April 2004 18:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Best of the Worst and/or Popular Favorites are the best albums. "Live the Life" off the Obivians & Quintron album is proufoundly mind-damaging. The rest of the album is not so hot.
The Compulsive Gamblers Crystal Gazing... album is one of the best things anybody's ever done. Ever.

Interesting trivia: Two of the three Oblivians own their own record shops in Memphis.

Mike Dixon, Friday, 16 April 2004 19:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What? no love for Soul Food on ILM?
Greg moved.

Sean Witzman (trip maker), Friday, 16 April 2004 19:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Reigning Sound record release for Too Much Guitar!: HI-Tone Cafe (Memphis) on Sunday, April 18th. Cover charge $5.

it's gonna be sick.

Will (will), Friday, 16 April 2004 20:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"9 Songs" is the peak I think - kind of cool to go out on your best record... but i love a lot of the older stuff too, "popular favourites" & "sympathy sessions" especially. "bad man" is so perfect it could have been written by cole porter. and hell yeah to the jack solo records.

i loved the first reigning sound record, the sad gene clark-style one, but I wasn't too hot on the newer compulsive gamplers stuff (though there are a couple of great songs on "crystalgazing") or "timebomb highschool". looking forward to "too much guitar", it's supposed to be mind-blowing.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 16 April 2004 21:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've really loved most the Oblivions stuff I've heard and I see Reigning Sound whenever I get the chance. It's great restore-your-faith-in-rock-and-roll type music. Also really enjoyed the History of Memphis Garage Rock: the 90's compilation that Shangra La put out last year.

Mike, I know Greg (of the Oblivions, Compulsive Gamblers, and Reigning Sound) owns Legba records down on Cooper/Young, which other record store are you referring to?

Mike Salmo (salmo), Friday, 16 April 2004 21:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

does anyone know if the reigning sound are officially split up or what?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 16 April 2004 21:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They have a CD release party at the HiTone the day after tomorrow, so I hope not.

Mike Salmo (salmo), Saturday, 17 April 2004 00:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

search all. one of the greatest rock bands evah!

also search the jack oblivion record where he covers '2000 man'

roger adultery (roger adultery), Saturday, 17 April 2004 04:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I recently interviewed Jackie DeShannon and Mary from the Detroit Cobras; Greg was involved in their recent writing sessions.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Saturday, 17 April 2004 07:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Greg owned Legba until about four(?) months ago when he and his wife & baby moved to South Carolina. Now Eric (Oblivian) runs it under Goner Records.

Around Christmas the Reigning Sound were pretty much calling it quits. I think a strong showing at SXSW and a slowly building rep as utter bad-asses might have made them rethink disbanding.

Will (will), Saturday, 17 April 2004 19:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I second Fritz in saying Play 9 Songs with Mr Quintron was the band's peak. I'd say Soul Food was the weakest of the three proper (ie, Crypt) full lengths.

I really like Reigning Sound's Timebomb High School and Crystal Gazing... by the Compulsive Gamblers, but just because you like the Oblivians doesn't mean you'll like these albums, as aside from the band members, there's little similarity between them.

Vic Funk, Saturday, 17 April 2004 20:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
greg did some good work with the deadly snakes on 'i'm not your soldier anymore'. that's a really great album.

gear (gear), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 06:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

: o

gear (gear), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 16:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

greg did some good work with the deadly snakes on 'i'm not your soldier anymore'. that's a really great album.

I love this album.

yes, they just played the last horizontal action blackout. It was announced as their last ever show but haven't they had one of those already?

Miss Misery xox (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 16:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i found some good rare shit this weekend:

'head shop' by greg oblivian and 'melissa's garage revisted' by walter daniels, oblivians, and monsieur jeffrey evans both on lp.

: D

omar little, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 19:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

where's the love for The Sore Losers?

scrimshaw1837, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 20:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

that movie is kinda BLAH

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 20:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

are you in it or something?

69, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 21:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink


I love this band by the way. Melissa's Garage has that awesome version of Dearest Darlin, right?

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 21:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think my local shop may still have both of those records in stock.
They did years ago. Head Shop and Melissa's Garage Revisited, that is.
I don't even have a copy of Soul Food, though :(

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 21:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Mel's Garage is around... and Tripsy, SOul Food is in print as well! Command your store do an order with Crypt and get his four new-ish comps too.

ian, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 21:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I've got NO MONEY FOR RECORDS right now. Need to get a handle on my habits. New Year, blah blah.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 21:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

you can still order Head Shop at Eric O's Goner Records. I'm sure a lot of that stuff is still floating around.

re: Sore Losers - I gotta give props to JMM for his taste in music and his aesthetic (if not terribly inventive at this point), but I have a hard time sitting still through those movies. Even so, I could still totally see him knocking out something truly bizarre and expectation-stomping.

anyway, edd hurt to the thread.

will, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 22:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh wait, that's a cd

will, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 22:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

I've gotten a few emails asking about this and I figured it was only a matter of time before someone else posted about it so I'll let the cat outta the bag. The Gories and the Oblivians are currently working on booking some shows for next summer. One in Memphis, one in Detroit and two weeks in Europe. I'll post more when the dates become solid.

mookieproof, Saturday, 13 December 2008 04:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

oblivs played at one of the recent goner fests, right? still like some of those records. soul food & popular faves are my jams. never got into the gories so much.

ian, Saturday, 13 December 2008 04:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

i jam 'do the milkshake' on my dj nights and the speakers are so fucked that you can't even hear the vocals, but the shit still gets the heads nodding

soup kitchen electro (omar little), Saturday, 13 December 2008 07:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wanna say the last time the oblivians played was the hozac farewell in chicago like 3 years ago.

extremely intoxicated & uncooperative outside a Hסּסּters in Winston-Salem (will), Saturday, 13 December 2008 17:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

never got into the gories so much.

― ian

that's just a terrible thing to say

Suggest Ban Permalink (contenderizer), Saturday, 13 December 2008 19:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

outing myself as a garage rock dilettante.

ian, Saturday, 13 December 2008 19:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

the gories are a bit overrated in my humble, garage rock opinion

Mr. Que, Saturday, 13 December 2008 20:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Oblivians = still so great. Top dogs at RL Towerd (admrl), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 16:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Isn't there supposed to be new record this year? (admrl), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 16:39 (six years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

From the new album:

A cover of this:

brio, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:23 (six years ago) Permalink


christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:55 (six years ago) Permalink

Is that Quintron on the organ again? I LOVE that Oblivians/Quintron record, would be psyched if Quintron was involved again.

grandavis, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:00 (six years ago) Permalink

i jam 'do the milkshake' on my dj nights and the speakers are so fucked that you can't even hear the vocals, but the shit still gets the heads nodding

'bad man' and 'the leather' are my go-tos

this new stuff is ... not sounding that good to me? there's a few tracks from this up on youtube, not blowing me away. that's just for a cursory listen, obv. 'i'll be gone' is probably the best of em.

dmr, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Felt the same on first listens, but it's growing on me - this one in particular - the more I listen to it.
Also pretty into Run For Cover, which builds on their Trio obsession:

brio, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:11 (six years ago) Permalink

It does sound like middle-aged Oblivians, but I'm cool with that - kind of glad they didn't try to fully recreate the scrappiness of the really early stuff.

brio, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:15 (six years ago) Permalink

there's very few garage rock records that I'd put above Popular Favorites or Sing 9 Songs with Quintron so it's a pretty high bar

dmr, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:17 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, i hear you... I don't think they'll top 9 Songs but I'm happy with what I've heard so far.

I think that is Quintron on Call The Police, he's listed as a guest on the press release.

Full track listing:
1. I’ll Be Gone (Cartwright)
2. Loving Cup (Paul Butterfield)
3. Em (Cartwright)
4. Woke Up In A Police Car (Friedl)
5. Call The Police (Stephanie Sanders)
6. Pinball King (Cartwright)
7. Run For Cover (Yarber)
8. Come A Little Closer (Cartwright)
9. Little War Child (Yarber)
10. Fire Detector (Friedl)
11. Oblivion (Cartwright)
12. Back Street Hangout (Yarber)
13. Desperation (Cartwright)
14. Mama Guitar (Lee Remick)

brio, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Cool, thanks! My favorite song off of "... 9 Songs", just a joyous blast:

grandavis, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 18:43 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

anybody give the new one much of a listen yet? i haven't really being feeling the urge to listen to it after giving it a couple of spins.
still like call the police.

brio, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:41 (five years ago) Permalink

this is the one everybody seems to like.
supposedly about jay reatard.

brio, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

My friend, who was once completely obsessed, called it "mostly unnecessary."

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:53 (five years ago) Permalink

yep, i'm with yr friend i think

brio, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 19:02 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm liking it a little better but it doesn't have the same zip as the old ones

Call the Police is pretty awesome though

dmr, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 19:09 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

this Nine Songs...album is insane brilliance haha

imago, Monday, 11 March 2019 11:36 (two months ago) Permalink

It sure is. Quintron + Oblivians is a great pairing.

grandavis, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:09 (two months ago) Permalink

A huge album for me. As a teen I listened to a ton of punk/garage and a ton of old gospel, which never seemed like that far of a bridge to cross in my head, but my friends all thought I was nuts. Play Nine Songs was the first time I heard a record that combined those two in the same way I heard in my head.

One Eye Open, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:17 (two months ago) Permalink

god they were something live back then, just amazing

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 11 March 2019 16:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Agreed on both fronts here. Quintron also a really fun and amazing live performer in his own right.

grandavis, Monday, 11 March 2019 18:49 (two months ago) Permalink

can't believe this is from 1997 tbh

PPL + AI = NS (imago), Monday, 11 March 2019 18:51 (two months ago) Permalink

I think I found out about the Oblivians just after they broke up, typically. Would've been about 99-ish. I was into punk and hardcore but thought 90s punk was mostly shit because all I knew was the popular Epitaph/Fat/Lookout type bands, some of which I liked OK but I really liked all the old school 70s/80s stuff a lot more. I didn't like that much current music at that time (that I had heard, found lots of good things later on) so I was digging into garage rock, buying Pebbles comps, etc. I had just got a job where I could use the internet so I signed up to the Bomp! mailing list and one of the bands they were enthusing about was the Oblivians - then I saw Popular Favorites at a local 2nd hand record shop and bought it. at the time I was buying a lot of CDs 2nd hand online from the US (I must've bought hundreds of CDs from, which amazingly still exists, although I don't think I've been there for 15+ years) because I couldn't find any of them in the UK and they happened to have the Quintron one (which immediately became my favourite) and the Sympathy Sessions comp. anyway cool story bro but that is the tale of how I discovered that not all 90s punk sounded like NOFX/Bad Religion/Green Day clones

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:58 (two months ago) Permalink

well, 'I Don't Wanna Live Alone' has raced to somewhere near the top of my <2min ballot in the space of 1 day or so - they clearly found something inspiring

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 11:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Cartwright's oeuvre is worth checking out as well, Compulsive Gamblers and Reigning Sound.... maybe don't have the feral quality of the Oblivions but he's a great songwriter always

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 11:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Cartwright rules.

grandavis, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 15:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Too Much Guitar by Reigning Sound is as good a rock n' roll record as you could make

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 15:19 (two months ago) Permalink

^ that's the one to get if you're gonna get one, esp if you are into the Oblivians

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 15:20 (two months ago) Permalink

TMG is probably my favorite rock record of the 2000s.

Chris L, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 15:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Too Much Guitar by Reigning Sound is as good a rock n' roll record as you could make

^^^^^^^^ YES YES YES

my future think tank (stevie), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 15:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Compulsive Gamblers' Crystal Gazing Luck Amazing is probably my favorite Cartwright project. "Two Thieves" is arguably the best song ever written mourning drug casualties, which is a bold claim i'm willing to stand by even considering the competition.

their album Bluff City is a great one, too. But he's been so great whatever he's done. Don't sleep on the second Deadly Snakes LP either, I'm Not Your Soldier Anymore; he's a full-time member of the group for that one (he produced their first album, Love Undone).

omar little, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:09 (two months ago) Permalink

all good tips!

just put Too Much Guitar on. fuck he gets the most amazing sound! combination of lo-fi pounding drums and his feedback-laden freight-train guitar. tbh it barely matters what tune you put with that, it'll sound amazing, but he appears to have a way with a tune as well

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:12 (two months ago) Permalink

ah man the organ takes it to a new level on Drowning

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Cartwright's the g.o.a.t. but don't miss Jack's post-Oblivians records (solo/TN Tearjerkers/& the Sheiks) either. some real growers and fun as hell live if you can catch him.

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 18:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Compulsive Gamblers' Crystal Gazing Luck Amazing is probably my favorite Cartwright project

Yes. Incredible album.

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:13 (two months ago) Permalink

personally i love Time Bomb High School

flopson, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:52 (two months ago) Permalink

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