Rat On!

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jerry Williams, Jr. established his Swamp Dogg persona in all its sweaty, dirty, funky glory on his 1970 debut Total Destruction to Your Mind, leaving him nothing more to do on its 1971 successor, Rat On!, but to sand off the rough edges. And that's precisely what he does here, keeping the same blend of southern soul sound and psychedelic sensibility, railing against the U.S. in a fashion not dissimilar to George Clinton ("God Bless America for What," which is a slow-burning piss-take on "God Bless America"), letting the drugs fall to the wayside, writing more than his fair share of cheating songs and sex tunes, then throwing in a couple of covers (the Bee Gees'...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jerry Williams, Jr. established his Swamp Dogg persona in all its sweaty, dirty, funky glory on his 1970 debut Total Destruction to Your Mind, leaving him nothing more to do on its 1971 successor, Rat On!, but to sand off the rough edges. And that's precisely what he does here, keeping the same blend of southern soul sound and psychedelic sensibility, railing against the U.S. in a fashion not dissimilar to George Clinton ("God Bless America for What," which is a slow-burning piss-take on "God Bless America"), letting the drugs fall to the wayside, writing more than his fair share of cheating songs and sex tunes, then throwing in a couple of covers (the Bee Gees' "Got to Get a Message to You," Mickey Newbury's "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye") that wind up sounding quite odd when surrounded by this unfettered strangeness. Whatever slight feints toward rock and funk Swamp Dogg attempted on Total Destruction to Your Mind have been eliminated, so Rat On! is all hard southern soul, but no matter how pure and gritty the album sounds, Williams' attitude is just too weird to have this fit in neatly with the southern soul circuit. Plus, in 1971, this sound was feeling outdated -- Stax had Isaac Hayes' "Shaft," the Staple Singers were singing "Respect Yourself," songs that were funkier and fresher than what Swamp Dogg served up here. But that is the appeal of the Dogg overall and Rat On! in particular: he didn't belong to his time so he was best appreciated out of time, with a cult developing around listeners who dug beneath the soulful punk of the surface to find the weirdness that lies inside.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2013
  • Label: Alive Records
  • UPC: 095081014220
  • Catalog Number: 142
  • Sales rank: 89,050

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Swamp Dogg Primary Artist
Jesse Carr Guitar, Background Vocals
Stacy Goss Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jasper Guarino Drums
Sonny Royal Baritone, Clarinet (Tenor)
Mike Stough Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Robert "Pops" Popwell Bass, Percussion
Jerry Williams Jr. Piano, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mickey Newbury Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Troy Davis Composer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Doug Gilmore Composer
Jerry Williams Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer
Charles Whitehead Composer
Willis Hogans Jr. Cover Photo
Gary Bonds Composer
David Johnson Engineer
Siegfried Halus Back Cover Photo
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