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Album Review

Take a stack of soul platters from the 1960s and 1970s from the likes of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Sly & the Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder; mix generously with a propulsive mix of two bass guitars, two drummers, and the vocals of a Detroit rock legend; and you have an underrated gem in the Motor City music scene. Ultraglide in Black puts a rock spin on recognizable nuggets of soul and funk while retaining the original version's integrity and message. Most of the tunes covered here are spirited party tracks, including a sparkling version of Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" that features a strident breakdown. Vocalist Mick Collins, of the Gories fame, paints each track with a flavorful delivery which at times will have the listener literally transported to AM radio's yesteryear. The Dirtbombs have created a record that is akin to stumbling across a box of cool records in your parent's attic, and is suitable for continuous play at any house party.

Customer Reviews

buzzo's hair

One of the all time great party albums. Underdog is one of the greatest covers ever and the whole album rocks. I can't believe that this album is not more highly rated and Underdog does not show up in the more recent searches of the song title. One of my favorite "discoveries" in recent times. Ultraglide in Black belongs in everyone's collection.

Heard this for the first time @ the Mars Bar in NYC...

...both the music and the bar are dirty, skanky, beautiful things.


This is instantly one of my favorite albums I own. It's gritty, fuzzy, yet catchy as hell. The contrast of the heavy distortion with Mick's smooth voice works wonders. One of the most solid purchases in recent memory.


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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