As a young man in the small 'n' sedate city of Syracuse, NY (motto: "We're gettin' a MALL!"), Jack Lipton grew up with a rock 'n' roll dream of wedding the deadly, cocksure cool of The Rolling Stones circa Exile On Main Street with the raw power of Iggy and the Stooges. He first achieved notoriety as the lead singer of The Penetrators, a band billed as "Syracuseís Only!," before leaving Central New York behind to declare his love for that dirty water down by the banks of the River Charles. Hmph--traitor. But Jack retained that early dream, and he pursues it with stalker-like intensity on this, his very first solo release.
As Exhibit A, consider Jack's ace take on Iggy and the Stooges' proto-punk classic "Search And Destroy." Backed by a badass band of rockin' alt-pop luminaries--the great Paul Armstrong of The Flashcubes on guitars, Tony Kaczynski of Fireking on bass, and drummer Ducky Carlisle (best known as an in-demand producer, but legendary in Syracuse as the former timekeeper for The Ohms and 1.4.5., AND TAKE OFF YER HAT WHEN I SAY THOSE NAMES!!)--Jack throws his body, soul and collection of old Creem magazines into the song, wailin' away with the transcendent furor of a damned spirit rammin' through the gates of Hell. He doesn't surpass Iggy--because really, y'know, who could?--but he manages to look ol' Ig square in the eye without flinching or conceding any ground whatsoever. And that's an accomplishment in itself.