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The Dirtbombs

One of Mick Collins' many post-Gories projects, the Dirtbombs initially seemed to exist more in concept than in reality. As if in reaction to the bass-less sound of the Gories, the Detroit-based band brought together two drummers, two bass players, and Collins on vocals and guitar. And other than consistently loud volumes and lots of noise, the Dirtbombs actually displayed a surprisingly diverse sound, composing across a broad spectrum of styles from garage rock, punk, and glam to classic soul and R&B. They began primarily as a 7" band, issuing five singles before Larry Hardy of In the Red convinced them to record a full-length, 1998's Horndog Fest. After issuing another handful of singles, the Dirtbombs released their sophomore album, Ultraglide in Black, in May 2001. An album devoted to vintage R&B covers, Ultraglide in Black won the band a growing following in Europe, aided by frequent overseas touring (including a jaunt with the White Stripes). Collins and company returned to a tougher, more rock-oriented sound for 2003's Dangerous Magical Noise, and came back in 2005 with Billiards at Nine Thirty, a split album with King Khan & the Shrines. That same May, In the Red released If You Don't Already Have a Look, a two-disc compilation that featured 52 tracks comprised of cover tunes, singles, and six new songs.

By this point, the Dirtbombs' revolving lineup had more or less solidified around Collins, drummers Ben Blackwell and Pat Pantano, and bassists Ko Shih and Troy Gregory. The quintet continued to tour, licensed their music for use in several commercials, and returned to the studio in fall 2006 to begin working on a new release. Although originally intended to be a four-song EP, the project soon turned into the band's fourth full-length effort. Entitled We Have You Surrounded, it was released in February 2008. Following this the band released singles for In the Red and Cass, Collins took time to play with a reunited Gories, and the bandmembers plotted their next move. When it came, it was a surprise to many. Released in 2011, Party Store reflected Collins' love of the electronic sounds of his hometown and featured the band tackling songs by the techno scene's founding fathers (Juan Atkins, Derrick May), innovators (Carl Craig), and hitmakers (Inner City) in their inimitable style. For their next trick, the band fulfilled Collins' dream of recording an album that reflected his lifelong love of bubblegum music. Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! was released by In the Red in fall of 2013. ~ Alex Zorn & Tim Sendra
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey!

1. Sugar On Top

2. Crazy For You

3. It's Gonna Be Alright

4. Hot Sour Salty Sweet

5. Jump And Shout

6. The Girl On The Carousel

7. Hey! Cookie

8. Sunshine Girl

9. No More Rainy Days/Sun Sound Interlude

10. We Come In The Sunshine

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Track List: Party Store

1. Cosmic Cars

2. Sharevari

3. Good Life

4. Strings Of Life

5. Alleys Of Your Mind

6. Bug In The Bass Bin

7. Jaguar

8. Tear The Club Up

9. Detoroito Mix

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Track List: If You Don't Already Have A Look

Disc 1

1. Theme From The Dirtbombs (Live)

2. The Sharpest Claws

3. Stuck Under My Shoe

4. I'm Saving Myself For Nichelle Nichols (No. 3)

5. Here Comes That Sound Again

6. High Octane Salvation

7. Cedar Point '76

8. Little Miss Chocolate Syrup

9. Headlights On

10. Never Licking You Again

11. Don't Bogue My High

12. Encrypted

13. I'm Not Your) Scratchin' Post

14. Broke In Detroit (Again)

15. Merit

16. Trainwreck

17. Infra-red

18. Jolene

19. Candyass

20. Pray For Pills

21. All My Friends

22. She Played Me Like A Booger

23. They Hate Us In Scandinavia

24. They Saved Einstein's Brain

25. Correspondence

26. Tina Louise

27. Brucia I Cavit

28. Words That Hurt

29. My Latest Christmas

Disc 2

1. Possession

2. Maybe Your Baby

3. Brand New Game

4. I'll Be In Trouble

5. Lupita Screams

6. By My Side

7. No Expectations

8. I Feel Good

9. Natural Man

10. Noise In This World

11. Kiss Kiss Kiss

12. Refried Dreams

13. Insecure, Me?

14. Mystified

15. My Love For You

16. You Don't Mean It

17. I Want Need Love You

18. Ha Ha Ha

19. Tanzen Gehn

20. Crash Down Day

21. Lost Love

22. What You've Got

23. I Started A Joke

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Track List: Dangerous Magical Noise

1. Start The Party

2. Get It While You Can

3. Don't Break My Heart

4. Sun Is Shining

5. Earthquake Heart

6. Thunder In The Sky

7. Motor City Baby

8. Stuck In The Garage

9. I'm Through With White Girls

10. 21st Century Fox

11. Stop

12. Stupid

13. F.I.D.O.

14. King's Lead Hat

15. Executioner Of Love

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Track List: Ultraglide In Black

1. Chains Of Love

2. If You Can Want

3. Underdog

4. Your Love Belongs Under A Rock

5. I'll Wait

6. Livin' For The City

7. The Thing

8. Kung Fu

9. Ode To A Black Man

10. Got To Give It Up

11. Livin' For The Weekend

12. I'm Qualified To Satisfy You

13. Do You See My Love (For You Growing)

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Track List: Scion A/V Remix EP

1. Sharevari (Omar's Remix)

2. Jaguar (Ectomorph Remix)

3. Bug In The Bassbin (Kyle Hall Remix)

4. Sharevari (Original Dirtbombs Version)

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kdinaz
I don't know why I love this so much, but I do
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$150 to see the dirtbombs at orion fest in june worth evey penny.
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steatopygiap h i l e
This s**t is complete and utter genius. Raw as f**k modern soul/r&b.
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minimal100
I love their sound, esp. the more soul tracks.
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jrockes3
These guys are badass =)
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much love
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I love the Dirtbombs!!
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Troy Gregory is one of my most favorite malfunctioni n g superheroes ever. Check out his band The Witches sometime if you want to hear what I consider some of the best Motown Rock made. Super sick all the way around.

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