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Dirty Looks – Cool From The Wire [1988]

After a handful of indie releases, Dirty Looks finally appeared on a major label when Atlantic Records released Cool From The Wire in 1988. I consider this album, and Dirty Looks’ 1989 follow-up Turn Of The Screw to be two sorely overlooked sleaze metal triumphs. The heart and soul of Dirty Looks was Danish born Henrik Ostergaard. He formed the band in the mid-eighties and continued to record music under the Dirty Looks banner up until his early demise in 2011.

The formula was a simple one; greasy blues-based riffing and palm-muted chugging over palatable, pulse-pounding beats. Henrik’s raspy voice was tinged with a bit of that Bon Scott magic, and the result was sleaze city. The incomparable Max Norman (best in the biz) produced Cool From The Wire. Norman was a genius producer, and this record sounds perfect, as it grooves like a son-of-a-bitch. Ostergaard’s lyrics of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll were delivered with a conviction that only a man who lived and breathed the lifestyle could do. And it seems Henrick was the genuine article, hence his unfortunate death at an early age.

Check out Ostergaard’s spot-on Bon Scott impression during the middle part of Oh Ruby. Highlights of the album include Cool From The Wire, Tokyo, and (my favorite) It’s A Bitch. R.I.P. Henrik Ostergaard. Thanks for the awesome tunes.

Band Members
Gene Barnett – Drums
Henrik Ostergaard – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jack Pyers – Bass
Paul Lidel – Guitars, Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. Cool From The Wire (3:34)
02. It’s Not The Way You Rock (3:49)
03. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You (3:22)
04. Oh Ruby (4:07)
05. Tokyo (3:06)
06. Wastin’ My Time (3:32)
07. Put A Spell On You (3:49)
08. No Brains Child (3:53)
09. Get It Right (4:17)
10. It’s A Bitch (4:26)
11. Get Off (3:26)

 

Jeff from playitloudforever.wordpress.com

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