Monday, June 28, 2004

I'm Qualified to Satisy you...

The Dirtbombs - I'm Qualified to Satisfy You - Recipe for a party: 1 part classic motown songwriting, 1 part detroit punk god vocals, 2 parts drums, 2 parts bass, 7 parts rock the fuck out. The Dirtbombs are a brainchild of ex-Gories lead singer Mick Collins. Bringing in a pair of drummers, and a pair of bassists to back him up, on 2001's breakout album, Ultraglide in Black Collins and company stormed their way through a pile of classic covers, taking classic motown soul, and fusing it with the rightous anger of it's dark mirror in detroit garage punk. On this cover of the Barry White classic, collins displays an impressive range rarely hinted at in his Gories days, and while he's no Barry White (and who could ever be), there's somthing strangely captivating about his halfway there, dispassionate, but utterly enthralled vocal performance here.

The Dirtbombs - Underdog - from Barry White's balladeering to Sly and the Family Stone's anthem of race, prejudice, and struggle, here transformed from it's soul roots into a hard driving rocker that shows the Dirtbombs are the only band in Detroit that seems to get what it was that made the MC5 so very very unique and fantastic. The vocal harmonies on this track are so perfectly placed, and weave in and around the dueling basslines so well, it's hard not to get caught up and start cheering.

The Dirtbombs - Livin' for the City - and to finish things off, how can you go wrong with a dash of Stevie Wonder? While this just CAN NOT compare to the genius of the original, a downright epic, that careens between genres, accents, vocal styles, languages, and is probably the finest moment of Stevie Wonder's career. But, outside of that context, the Dirtbombs have managed to put together a damn great song of their own. The song is thoroughly transformed and consumed here. Ownership is taken, and for all it's inability to compare to the original, it's still probably the best cover out there. It's a testament to the Dirtbombs that they even managed it. Hell, even Ray Charles fucked this one up. And the less said about the Turners version, the better.

[Buy Ultraglide in Black from Amazon.com!]

4 Comments:

At 6/29/2004 12:04:00 AM, Blogger Sean said...

Totally, totally digging "Underdog." Sharp as a stick. Caught the Dirtbombs in Ottawa last year, but I was very pooped after a day of festivalling, and didn't have it in me to truly appreciate. I think I'll go catch them when they come back in August!

 
At 7/02/2004 04:37:00 AM, Blogger Belgand said...

I'm Qualified to Satisfy You? That sounds a little too... uh, professional and odd. I can see that on my resume. Not to mention the fact that he's merely qualified to satisfy you, not necessarily good at it, he's just going to be able to get the job done.

Maybe if it was more of a Servotron or possibly even Kraftwerk piece about some form of sexual automaton. Like Bionic Barry White or Issac Hayes-Bot.


int main(void)
{ sweet=love(downbyFire);
While (!Satisfied)
{ make(sweet);
}
}
/*with apologies for an html parser that won't accept pre tags for some reason*/

 
At 7/06/2004 09:22:00 PM, Blogger Eric said...

mega props for featuring the Dirtbombs. Mick Collins is the man. "ode to a blackman" is my favorite off of this album. Ultraglide is a must have

 
At 7/12/2004 08:19:00 AM, Blogger Bin Gregory said...

I saw the Gories live in Detroit at the Dally in the Alley in 1992. At the time, I thought they were the coolest rock band ever. Any idea where I could find a copy of "My Baby Says Unh(cuz she don't like nobody but me)"? Thanks! I came here from mefi, btw.

 

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