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Groups of disgruntled white Memphis teens like the Mar-Keys, Jim Dickinson & his Cadillacs, and countless others produced amped-up approximations of clack R&B on lo-fi, quickly produced ‘45s long before Midwestern teens took to imitating their favorite British Invasion acts. Memphis’ fertile garage scene continues to flourish in the person of Jay Reatard, who has been cutting ragged, punk influenced R&B and primitive rock since his early teens. Though he emerged from the same scene that produced the country blues influenced Oblivions, Reatard’s songwriting had always displayed a barely disguised pop sensibility that owes as much to British influences like The Adverts and The Television Personalities as it does to Memphis’ storied garage rock past. Singles ’06-’07 is a bracing collection of garage punk full of distressed guitars, wildly pogoing base and roller rink organs that charms the listener at every turn with its sly, chanted choruses and exuberant delivery. It is every bit as good as Reatard’s widely praised Blood Visions and is an impressive testament to the talents of this prolific garage savant

Customer Reviews

Oh It's Such a Shame!!!!!

RIP Jay. Was looking forward to many years of punk. You will surely be missed.

great musician

awesome songs... still cant believe he died.


Jay Reatard is one of the best musicians of our generation, and that is no exagerration. I could write a long review on this but I don't feel like typing. Anybody who knows him knows exactly what I mean. Buy all his stuff.


Born: May 1, 1980 in Lilbourn, MO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Memphis-based punk rock juggernaut Jay Reatard adopted a fistful of musical approaches, beginning in the late '90s in his bedroom, where he recorded punk, synth punk, power pop and straightforward rock & roll tunes at a frantic pace. Reatard was born Jay Lindsey and dropped out of school when he was 15, owing to boredom with conventional education and a problematic home life. Lindsey became interested in rock & roll when he heard Nirvana via MTV, and in his mid-teens he began writing songs. After...
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