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Album Review

The most primal of garage rock albums, House Rockin', the debut from Detroit's Gories, along with contemporary albums from Pussy Galore and the Gibson Brothers, set the standard for stripped-down, bare bones, do-it-yourself blues-punk. Thanks in large part to the remarkable pipes of guitarist/singer (though howler or growler is often more appropriate), Mick Collins, House Rockin' captures the feeling of electrified Delta blues transplanted into a desperate urban setting with straightforward power. The minimalist two-guitar interplay and primitive floor tom stomp proved to be all the Gories needed to conjure the funky Hastings Street of John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillun" (a cover of which is included here) and the sound of a house party fueled by too much cheap wine, too much insomnia, and just enough rhythm & blues. This, the 1995 reissue, features new cover art.

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The Greatest Underground Band Never To Hit The Mainstream

If you've ever wondered where all the good rock went, then these three animals are the Answer to your "rock is dead" blues. The Gories are perhaps the most explosive non-grunge punk band to ever grace the 90's. Bar none the best blues punk band. What the Pixies were to Nirvana the Gories are to the White Stripes. It's only a shame that like the Pixies their genius wasn't fully realized until after the towel had to be thrown in. From DJ/guitarist/singer Mick Collins smooth intro that launches into the TNT explosion of "Hey Hey We're The Gories" 2nd guitarist Dan Kroha and drummer Peggy O'Neill ride the rails with their primitive stomp, all three trading vocals to make a runaway train of pure chaotic rock 'n roll. Kroha's nasaly wails and Mick Collin's defiant yet soulful growls only further paint the picture that these three gave all they got, despite their limited musical proficiency.
Those who are bound to rag on the roughness of their sound probably are forgetting what rock 'n roll is about. It's about putting the pedal to the floor and pouring your heart out at 500mph, something these three have to a T. It's only a shame these 3 aren't regaled as the rock 'n roll heroes they are. Hands down great album, legendary band.

Where is queenie!?!?!?!?!?!?

there is a song by the Gories that is on this album called "queenie" it very well might be the greatest gories song ever recorded. Where is it Itunes?!?! (I can't wait to get you alone)


FINALLY!!!!!!!! white stripes who?? listen to The Gories and find out!


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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