Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop)

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Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop)
Studio album by Sam Phillips
Released 1996
Recorded Sunset Sound Recorders
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Alternative rock
Label Virgin
Producer T-Bone Burnett
Sam Phillips chronology
Martinis and Bikinis
Omnipop (It's Only A Flesh Wound Lambchop)
Zero Zero Zero

Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop) is the eighth (studio) album from American singer-songwriter Sam Phillips. The album's subtitle is a quote from the film The Producers. The track "Power World" was covered by the artist Terry Sullivan in 2005 on the Good Charamel Record label's release Theerthmovesroundthesun.


The album was a critical and commercial flop, selling only about a quarter as many copies as its predecessor, Martinis and Bikinis[1] and receiving several negative reviews from music critics.[2][3] In one such review, Mark Caro wrote that the album's "lyrics are more pronouncements than personal revelations, and her observations are less insightful than broad and ornery."[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[4]
CMJ (moderately favorable)[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Sam Phillips, except "Slapstick Heart" by Sam Phillips, Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe

  1. "Entertainmen" – 4:15
  2. "Plastic Is Forever" – 3:31
  3. "Animals on Wheels" – 3:17
  4. "Zero Zero Zero!" – 3:41
  5. "Help Yourself" – 3:05
  6. "Your Hands" – 6:58
  7. "Power World" – 3:49
  8. "(Skeleton)" – 1:42
  9. "Where Are You Taking Me" – 3:34
  10. "Compulsive Gambler" - :48
  11. "Faster Pussycat to the Library!" – 2:30
  12. "Slapstick Heart" – 5:07


Production notes[edit]

  • Produced by T Bone Burnett.
  • Recorded and Mixed by Pat McCarthy, assisted by Mike Piersante. Except "Slapstick Heart" recorded by Toby Wright, assisted by Tom Nellen.
  • Recorded and Mixed at Sunset Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, California, except "Plastic Is Forever" *Mixed at Record One, Los Angeles, California.
  • Assistant Engineers were Dan Bosworth and Brad Hachnel.
  • Digital Editing by Mike Piersante.
  • Additional Recording by David Glover.
  • Mastered by Mike Piersante for Pro-Digital.


  1. ^ Foster, Ken (12 June 2002). "The ghost of pop". Salon. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Kim, Wook (23 August 1996). "Omnipop Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b CG: Sam Phillips
  4. ^ a b Caro, Mark (19 September 1996). "Sam Phillips Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop) Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Molanphy, Chris (October 1996). "Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop) Review". CMJ. p. 12. Retrieved 2 July 2014.