Otis (album)

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Studio album by Mojo Nixon
Released 1990
Genre Rock, Psychobilly
Label Enigma Records
Producer Jim Dickinson
Mojo Nixon chronology
Root Hog or Die
(1989)Root Hog or Die1989
Unlimited Everything
(1990)Unlimited Everything1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Orlando Sentinel 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[4]

Otis is an album released by Mojo Nixon in 1990, which featured John Doe of X, Country Dick Montana (Beat Farmers), Bill Davis (Dash Rip Rock) and Eric Roscoe Ambel (The Del-Lords).[2][5][3]

Nixon's first album since splitting with Skid Roper, and released by Enigma Records, the album was seen as potentially Nixon's break-out album but the record label's demise due to financial issues dashed any chance of success.[6]

The album includes humorous commentary on targets such as soft rock ("Don Henley Must Die"), the legal profession ("Destroy All Lawyers"), politics, and Shane MacGowan's teeth.[2][5] Featuring a band of established musicians from other bands and produced by Jim Dickinson, the album's music was considered to be stronger than Nixon's previous releases.[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Destroy All Lawyers" (3:00)
  2. "I Wanna Race Bigfoot Trucks" (3:45)
  3. "Ain't High Falutin'" (3:16)
  4. "Shane's Dentist" (2:04)
  5. "Rabies Baby" (3:30)
  6. "Put a Sex Mo-Sheen in the White House" (4:18)
  7. "Star Spangled Mojo" (Traditional; arranged by Mojo Nixon) (1:23)
  8. "You Can Dress 'Em Up (But You Can't Take 'Em Out)" (2:51)
  9. "Don Henley Must Die" (4:20)
  10. "Perry Mason of Love" (5:46)
  11. "Took Out the Trash and Never Came Back" (4:42)
  12. "Gonna Be a New World" (3:53)


  • Mojo Nixon – vocals, guitar, sheep
  • John Doe – bass guitar, backing vocals, monkey socks
  • Country Dick Montana – drums, deep vocals, zipperneck
  • Bill Davis – guitar, Backing Vocals, hatchet-ass
  • Eric Roscoe Ambel – guitar, backing vocals, lightbulb
  • Jim Spake – saxophone
  • Reed McCoy – trumpet
  • East Memphis Slim – keyboard
  • William C. Brown III – backing vocals
  • Zooty – bells
  • Luther Dickinson – teenage guitar
  • Robby Turner – steel guitar
  • Bob Krusen – engineering, mix
  • Jim Dickinson – mixing
  • Karen Kuehn – photography
  • Gopher Killer – Polaroid
  • Rudy Tuesday – design


  1. ^ Otis at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d Robbins, Ira (1990) "Otis (1990) Mojo Nixon", Entertainment Weekly, September 7, 1990. Retrieved December 8, 2014
  3. ^ a b c Gettelman, Parry (1990) "Mojo Nixon Otis", Orlando Sentinel, November 16, 1990. Retrieved December 8, 2014
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Otis". Village Voice. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Sheridan, Dave & Robbins, Ira "Mojo Nixon", Trouser Press. Retrieved December 8, 2014
  6. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003) The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1843531050, p. 731

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