The Dirtbombs Biography

A garage rock revival was in full force during the early twenty-first century, and it is fitting that the Dirtbombs come from a town most associated with the genre, Detroit, Michigan, USA, the same locale that spawned the Stooges, the MC5, and the more recent White Stripes. The mastermind behind the Dirtbombs is Mick Collins (18 December 1965; vocals/guitar), who has previously appeared in similarly styled outfits such as Blacktop, King Sound Quartet, the Screws, and the Gories. Rumours of Collins’ Dirtbombs project first surfaced when he was still part of the Gories, but after years of speculation and no product, many assumed the band was just a fabrication. This proved not to be the case, as a single appeared in 1997, that led to further releases, shows, and a line-up including Collins, bass player Jim Diamond (b. James Andrew Diamond, 12 February 1965), plus drummers Ben Blackwell (b. Benjamin Jesse Blackwell, 12 June 1982) and Patrick Pantano. Additionally, Ghetto Records owner Jim Diamond has been known to supply additional bass from time to time.

After several other singles appeared, the Dirtbomb’s debut was issued in 1998, Horndog Fest. In 2001, the quartet released their follow-up, Ultraglide In Black, a recording that paid tribute to the soul masters of the 60s and 70s, by including cover versions of Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sly And The Family Stone, and even an obscure Phil Lynott solo track. The Dirtbombs returned to straight ahead garage rock however, with 2003’s Dangerous Magical Noise. In addition to his aforementioned projects, Collins has also guested on recordings by Rocket From The Crypt and Andre Williams, and has either mixed or produced tracks for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and the Demolition Doll Rods.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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