Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop)

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Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop)
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Studio album by Sam Phillips
Released 1996
Studio Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock
Label Virgin
Producer T-Bone Burnett
Sam Phillips chronology
Martinis and Bikinis
(1994)
Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop)
(1996)
Zero Zero Zero
(1998)

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.

Reception[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

  • Sam Phillips – vocals, guitar, Chamberlin, harmonium
  • Jon Brion – guitar, bass, Chamberlin, drums, piano, interesting noises, everything else
  • Jim Keltner – percussion, drums
  • Matt Chamberlain – percussion, drums and loops
  • Brad Houser – bass, bass clarinet
  • Smokey Hormel – baritone
  • Patrick Warren – Chamberlin
  • Darrell Leonard – trumpet, arrangements on "Zero Zero Zero", "Help Yourself"
  • Lester Lovitt – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Kenneth Kugler – trombone, bass trombone
  • Paulinho da Costa – bongos
  • Don Heffington – maracas, drums, tambourine, marching drum
  • Armando Compean – bass
  • Greg Leisz – steel guitar
  • Matt Betton – marimbas
  • Suzette Moriarty – French horn
  • Steven Williams – trombone
  • Ira Nepus – trombone
  • Jerry Scheff – bass
  • Todd Vincent – guitar
  • Josh La Belle – drums, dumbek
  • T Bone Burnett – producer, guitar, tejang, loops
  • Marc Ribot – guitar
  • Pat McCarthy: recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • Mike Piersante: assistant recording engineer, assistant mixing engineer
  • Toby Wright: recording engineer on "Slapstick Heart"
  • Tom Nellen: assistant recording engineer on "Slapstick Heart"
  • Sunset Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, California: recording location, mixing location
  • Record One, Los Angeles, California: mixing location for "Plastic Is Forever"
  • Assistant Engineers were Dan Bosworth and Brad Hachnel.
  • Dan Bosworth: assistant recording engineer
  • Brad Hachnel: assistant recording engineer
  • Mike Piersante: digital editing
  • David Glover: additional recording
  • Mike Piersante: mastering, for Pro-Digital

References[edit]

  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.