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Album Review

This self-produced third album was the band's last. At times the frustration can be heard amid the clamor ("48 Hours"). Nevertheless, the band's dual guitars and minimal drums add up to some pretty righteous gutbucket R&B racket. Innovations and improvements would only have corrupted the Gories' primitive brilliance, especially this late in the game, but Mick Collins proves yet again that he possesses one of the most soulful voices the city of Detroit ever produced. Reverb helps dull the edge of Dan Kroha's nasal yelp. And Peg O'Neill's drums are mixed more up front than ever. Standout tunes include "There But for the Grace of God Go I" and a lurching rendition of Earl King's "Trick Bag" that surpasses even the classic Meters version in soul if not smooth New Orleans style. "Ichiban," the album's closing instrumental, winds things up nicely, too. Though Outta Here saw the end of a great band just as the scene it best exemplified was coming into its own, the Gories left their fans on just the bent note everyone expected.

Customer Reviews


Wow! What a great sound! Totally raw. Sounds like they have the potential to be a 60's band or even a surf band, but then you realize they are not. It is just a totally unique sound. This is a really fun band that I would love to see live. The music makes me want to stand up and shake all over! I especially like the song "There But For the Grace of God Go I." Absolutely wonderful. "Ichiban" is also great.

I first heard "The Gories" on an album called "We Never Learn." It is a collection of what was called "Gunk Punk" that encompassed a lot of different bands from roughly 1989 to 1993. (It was actually a book called "We Never Learn" that had a code in the back for a free download. Totally worth the price of the book. And the read was great too.)

$7.99 for the album is a steal here on iTunes. Buy it. Listen to it. Shake around to it. Make your friends listen to it too. Then they can jump around with you!


Formed: 1986 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

The emergence of the Gories heralded a new Golden Age of Detroit rock beginning in the late '80s; a renaissance of noise and rustbelt rock that lasts through to today. Formed in 1986 by three Detroit natives -- Mick Collins, Peg O'Neill, and Dan Kroha (none of whom previously knew how to play an instrument) -- the Gories took their name from a band of the same name that appeared in the Gidget series of the late '50s/early '60s. Comprised of two guitarists and a drummer (i.e., no bass), the Gories...
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