Rock and Roll Night Club

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Rock and Roll Night Club
Mac DeMarco - Rock and Roll Night Club.jpg
Studio album by Mac DeMarco
Released March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13)
Recorded 2011
Studio Jizz Jazz Studios
(Montreal, Quebec)[1]
Length 26:51
Label Captured Tracks
Producer Mac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco chronology
Rock and Roll Night Club

Rock and Roll Night Club is Canadian recording artist Mac DeMarco's debut mini-LP. It was recorded in 2012 in DeMarco's Montreal-based studio Jizz Jazz Studios and released through Captured Tracks on March 13, 2012.


Rock and Roll Night Club combines elements of American soul, chopped and screwed music, glam rock, 1950s rock and roll, garage rock, new wave and Captured Tracks' signature jangle guitar pop sound.[3][4][5][6] Pitchfork's Evan Minsker opined that, lyrically, "it's probably safe to assume that at least 80% of Night Club is laced with a meta joke that nobody's in on except DeMarco,"[2] and No Ripcord described his performance on the record as resembling a "hopelessly romantic swinger."[4] DeMarco himself said Rock And Roll Night Club was a joke as well, saying that he was being "intentionally sketchy" in making what Elliot Sharp of the official site for Red Bull described as "over-the-top", "conceptual", "kooky", and overall "a trashy, sleazy rock album that celebrated rock's trashy, sleazy core."[5]

Rock and Roll Night Club garnered several comparisons to the works of Ariel Pink (left) and Lou Reed (right).[7][4][8]

DeMarco's vocals on the first rough half of Rock and Roll Night Club were analyzed to be an impersonation of Elvis Presley.[8][5] The first two songs, which No Ripcord compared to Charlie Feathers, "are both written in the point of view of a heartthrob whose eyes are dead set on his girl, whether he wants to play games with her, have an intimate night, or even make mental annotations on her country girl style."[4] The Peter Sagar co-written[1] "Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans" was called by Allmusic's Fred Thomas a "weird denim-fetish anthem", containing clean guitars and muffled drums in its instrumentation.[7] The exact same vocal melody and soft singing is later brought into "One More Tear to Cry", which Thomas analogized as a Lou Reed song produced by Ariel Pink, and then [7] "European Vegas", a song in which DeMarco "pleas his baby to stay one more night while a jangly chord chimes in with a dash of sorrow," according to No Ripcord.[4] "Vegas" likewise reflects "One More Tear"'s use of slight variations of the same melody as the previous tracks.[7] Thomas opined that "instead of being an annoyingly repetitive conceptual misfire, the identical melodies work in DeMarco's homespun glam thug sonnets in an if-it-ain't-broke kinda way, lending different shades of the same color to their respective songs."[7] However, a new melody is introduced on "She's Really All I Need", a track which was lyrically compared by Loud and Quiet to Pavement.[8] and instrumentally containing wobbly guitar riffs and "beachy" percussion, as well as the absence of DeMarco's distorted vocals.[7]

"Moving Like Mike" is an out-of-key "dork-fest ode" to Michael Jackson that restores the overall vibe of the LP, after the "She's Really All I Need"-induced departure.[7] The album's standard track list is closed with the Lou Reed-style funk song "I'm a Man",[8] Initially titled "Eyeballs", DeMarco said he was trying to write about a man's lifestyle in Montreal with the song.[9] The bonus track "Only You", lifted from the Makeout Videotape album Ying Yang was described by Thomas as near towards a modern take on indie rock, and sounding like a worn-out cassette demo recorded by the band Deerhunter around the time of their third studio album Microcastle.[7] The song forms a Duane Eddy-esque twangy guitar line into a "garage stomp" by the time its "dark, seductive chorus" comes in.[4] Minsker describes the two bonus tracks, "Only You" and "Me & Mine", as the "biggest surprise" of the album, comparing the two tracks to Real Estate and emphasizing the contrast of these two songs with the rest of the album. However, Minsker later resolved that there is a relatively small difference between the "goofy creep" who sings about "the boogie woogie woman lookin' my way" and the "straightforward crooner" who sings "I'm done crying over her."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (79/100)[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
The 405 8/10[11]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[7]
Beats per Minute 78%[3]
Loud and Quiet 8/10[8]
No Ripcord 7/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 7.2/10[2]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 79 based on 5 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[10] Fred Thomas, a journalist for Allmusic, expressed his main opinion of the record like this: "Rock and Roll Night Club is a confusing record, but not a mess. On the contrary, it's so deeply calculated that the intentions and possible motivations of its songs are likely to be lost on most. This would be a problem if the good songs weren't so incredible and strange and the weak ones so immediately forgettable."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mac DeMarco, except where noted.

Standard edition[12][13]
No. Title Length
1. "Rock and Roll Night Club" 3:10
2. "(96.7 The Pipe)" 0:34
3. "Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans" (DeMarco, Peter Sagar) 3:33
4. "One More Tear to Cry" 4:04
5. "European Vegas" 3:17
6. "(106.2 Breeze FM)" 1:00
7. "She's Really All I Need" 3:03
8. "Moving Like Mike" 2:57
9. "Me and Jon, Hanging On" 2:41
10. "I'm a Man" 2:32
Total length: 26:51
CD/Digital download bonus tracks[14][15][16]
No. Title Length
11. "Only You" 2:58
12. "Me and Mine" 2:04
Total length: 31:53


Adapted from the liner notes.[1]

  • Mac DeMarco – vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, composer
  • Maddy Glowicki – background vocals on "European Vegas"
  • Josh Bonati – mastering
  • Ryan McCardie – cover design, layout
  • Evan Prosofsky – cover photography
  • Peter Sagar – co-writing on "Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans"

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Germany,[17] United Kingdom,[18] United States[15] March 13, 2012 Digital download Captured Tracks
United States March 27, 2012 CD,[12] LP[13]
Germany March 30, 2012 LP[19]
April 13, 2012  CD[20]
United Kingdom October 22, 2012 CD,[21] LP[22]


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  3. ^ a b c Wolfson, David (April 19, 2012). "Album Review: Mac DeMarco - Rock and Roll Nightclub EP". Beats per Minute. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Rodriguez, Juan Edgardo (April 13, 2012). "Mac DeMarco: Rock and Roll Night Club - Music Review". No Ripcord. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Sharp, Elliot (October 29, 2013). "2 Sketchy Days With Mac DeMarco". Red Bull. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ Lindsay, Cam (April 3, 2012). "Mac DeMarco Rock and Roll Night Club". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
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  9. ^ "An Interview with Performing Artist Mac DeMarco". Seagate Technology. September 18, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Rock and Roll Night Club Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ Joyce, Collin (March 14, 2012). "Mac DeMarco - Rock And Roll Night Club". The 405. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
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  14. ^ "Rock and Roll Night Club". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
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  20. ^ "Rock and Roll Night Club Ep". (in German). Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Rock and Roll Night Club". Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Rock and Roll Night Club [VINYL]". Retrieved February 12, 2014.