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.
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