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With former Gories frontman Mick Collins leading the charge, Party Store is a loosely linked sequel to the band’s Ultraglide in Black LP. Released 10 years earlier, it told the story of Collins’ childhood years, a time spent sifting through such stone-cold classics as Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. This time around, we’re knee-deep in the ‘80s/early ‘90s, watching Collins and company connect the dots between oil-slicked dance music and rust-encrusted rock ’n’ roll. In some cases, the pairing comes across like a blue-collar version of disco-punk (the locked groove of “Sharivari,” the bar brawl backbeat that sends “Alleys of Your Mind” right off the rails). That’s all well and good but Party Store really comes alive on “Bug In the Bass Bin.” A literal duet between yesterday and today, it marches off into the sunset alongside the synth washes of Carl Craig (he originally released the song under his Innerzone Orchestra alias), Collins’ violent guitar spasms, and a rhythm section that sounds like it’s scoring a battle scene. And like the best techno tracks, it doesn't loosen its grip for at least 20 minutes.


Formed: 1992 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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