If you're wondering what Mick Collins -- founder of venerable Detroit rockers the Dirtbombs -- thinks of trendy garage rock, check the liner notes of the most recent 'Bombs compilation, If You Don't Already Have a Look. Defending a brilliant Yoko Ono cover, Collins says, "Fuck you and your white belt." For more than ten years, Collins and an ever-changing cast of companions have made gritty, grubby garage rock, and they have no patience for fashion-conscious fads. With utter disregard for musical proficiency and modern recording techniques, Collins carries the torch for hometown heroes the Stooges and the MC5. Rude lyrics, cheap come-ons and plenty of in-jokes pepper the band's prodigious output, adding caustic comedy to its thunderous, fueled-by-Old-Style romps. But the key to the Dirtbombs' success is a refusal to settle into a single sound as they pound rockabilly, Brit pop, punk, country, disco and much more into a thick paste of good-time rock and roll, straight out of a greasy Motor City garage. Not a white belt to be seen for miles.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.