From Beale Street to Oblivion

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From Beale Street to Oblivion
Studio album by Clutch
Released March 27, 2007
Recorded September - October 2006 at Sound City in Van Nuys, California
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, stoner rock
Length 48:18
Label DRT Entertainment
Producer Joe Barresi
Clutch chronology
Pitchfork & Lost Needles
From Beale Street to Oblivion
Full Fathom Five
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Metal Hammer 9/10 stars
TheEndlessFeed 8/10 stars link
Glidemagazine [1]

From Beale Street to Oblivion is the eighth full-length studio album by rock band Clutch. It was produced by Joe Barresi (whose credits include The Melvins, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age and Coheed and Cambria), and released on the DRT Entertainment label. The album was released on March 27, 2007 and was the second of two Clutch albums to feature keyboardist Mick Schauer.

The album title comes from a line in the song "The Devil & Me", and is named after the real Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. The song "One Eye Dollar" is a remake of the same track from Jam Room. The track "Electric Worry" is a partial cover of the Mississippi Fred McDowell song "Fred's Worried Life Blues" and features Eric Oblander of Five Horse Johnson on harmonica. It also shares a striking similarity to "Boom Boom" by John Lee Hooker, even including the "Bang Bang Bang Bang" variation he would do live. A music video has been produced for the track "Electric Worry" and has been presented on Headbangers Ball. "Electric Worry" was also featured in commercials for the TV show Memphis Beat and the video game Left 4 Dead 2. A reissue of the album has been released on 20 July 2010.[2] Electric Worry is also used in the goal song for National Hockey League team the Vancouver Canucks as well as the goal song for the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League.

Clutch plans to re-release the album as a 2-LP set on purple vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies, for Record Store Day 2015.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Clutch, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Can't Stop Progress"     2:40
2. "Power Player"     3:06
3. "The Devil & Me"     3:57
4. "White's Ferry"     5:24
5. "Child of the City"     3:53
6. "Electric Worry"   Partially written by Mississippi Fred McDowell 5:14
7. "One Eye Dollar"     1:23
8. "Rapture of Riddley Walker"     4:09
9. "When Vegans Attack"     4:56
10. "Opossum Minister"     4:28
11. "Black Umbrella"     4:05
12. "Mr. Shiny Cadillackness"     5:11
Total length:

2010 Bonus Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Clutch, except where noted. Tracks 1-5 recorded live at the BBC 11-11-06. Tracks 6-9 recorded 12-13-07 in Melbourne,Australia.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Politician"   Ronald Peter Brown 4:25
2. "Electric Worry"   Partially written by Mississippi Fred McDowell 5:16
3. "One Eye Dollar"     1:22
4. "Mr. Shiny Cadillackness"     5:05
5. "Cypress Grove"     4:27
6. "The Devil & Me"     3:47
7. "Child of the City"     3:32
8. "You Gonna Wreck my Life"   Chester Burnett 5:20
9. "White's Ferry"     5:42
Total length:

Song meanings[edit]

You Can't Stop Progress

Power Player

The Devil & Me

White's Ferry

Child of the City

Electric Worry

One Eye Dollar

Rapture of Riddley Walker

When Vegans Attack

Opossum Minister

Black Umbrella

Mr. Shiny Cadillackness



Additional musicians[edit]

  • Bryan Hinkley – Guitars on tracks 4 and 12
  • Eric Oblander – Harmonica on tracks 6, 11 and 12


Charting positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
2007 The Billboard 200 #52
2007 Top Independent Albums #4


Year Song Chart Position
2007 "Electric Worry" Mainstream Rock Tracks #38


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