It says right on the back of the CD to file this under POWER POP and MEMPHIS GREASE. Well, I guess that's all there is to say, huh? Not with the likes of Jack Yarber, Harlan T. Bobo, That guy Chad who looks like Chris Shake and was in Kajun SS, Andrew Woodward of the Tearjerkers in the band, Jimbo Mathus pitching in a bit of guitar too AND Mr. Jim Dickinson doing the final mixing. I mean...DAMN! Ya know I'm gonna have some bit to say about the record.
Sure, it's greasy and has got it's share of powerpopness but leaving it just as that is like not sopping up all the left over gravy with a biscuit or two. Ya gotta savour all that flavor cuz it might be a spell before something of this kind of tastiness gets set on your plate again.
The "powerpop" tag here shines it's brightest on disc's opener, the bouncy "Negative Contact (10-77)", a bit of the 'Sweet Jane" vibe going on in "Fire On The Sun" (Yeah, I know most wouldn't consider the Velvets a powerpop band but there's more than a few hooks and ideas off "Loaded" that I'm pretty sure inspired at least a few such bands. What's that old saying that not many people heard the Velvet Underground when they were around but the one's who did started their own band's afterwards" or something like that), and last but not least "Gypsy Switch" were Louie takes backs "Shattered" by the Exploding Hearts, restoring lyrics that weren't it it's better known version and making it sound like something from "Like Flies On Sherbert" yet somehow more together but just as disheveled. All of the songs above though do have a whole bunch of Memphis Grease. As a matter of fact I think the "File Under:" notation it should have gotten top billing over the "powerpop" mention. Be it the Tony Joe White gone trash picking groove of "Girl In The Holler", a pretty straight if stripped down and ragged take "Montage de L'Amour" (aka "Mountain Of Love." Yes, the song Johnny Rivers made famous), breezes blowing through the sugar cane field instrumentals, the high school dance weeper feeling of "Heart" or the almost E Street Band feeling (in a good way. You Bruce haters gotta realize there was some good shit before "Born In The USA") of "She's Losing Her Hair" these diamonds put a oily southern pop flavor in every song. The past few summer's Louie Bankston put's out something just as summer starting to happen and it always finds itself spending a good amount of time on my stereo. "Memphis Treet" will be no different.