Mick Collins is one of Detroit's unsung musical heroes. In the Eighties his band the Gories brought back garage rock to Motortown, resurrecting maximum R&B (as in rhythm and blues, not rap and bullshit) for the benefit of the White Stripes, the Von Bondies, and other better-known young'uns who followed in his wake. The Dirtbombs, his current band, continue in the same vein, barnstorming around America and preaching the value of the beat, whether it is ramshackle punk or straight-up soul. Their current jaunt is in support of If You Don't Already Have a Look, a two-CD singles compilation set for release on In the Red Records later this month.
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