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Dirtbombs

Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey!

In The Red
LP $16.00

09/17/2013 759718524819 

ITR 248 LP 


CD $12.00

09/17/2013 759718524826 

ITR 248 CD 


MP3 $9.90

09/17/2013 759718524826 

 


For about a decade now, Dirtbombs frontman Mick Collins has threatened that the band’s next release would be their “bubblegum album.” After a couple of records of mostly originals, a compilation of singles and an album of Detroit techno covers, one might have suspected that the concept either fell by the wayside or was a farce to begin with. Well, at long last, here is Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey. It’s understandable to assume that a bubblegum record by The Dirtbombs would be cover versions by groups like the 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Ohio Express and The Archies. After all, the band already has two albums of cover songs under their belt which salute specific genres. That is not the case in this instance. Mick Collins wrote ten new tracks which pay homage to the sound and style originally popularized in the late ’60s / early ’70s by producers / exploiters like Kasenetz-Katz and Don Kirschner. While the usual Dirtbombs’ double-drums, fuzzy guitars and soulful swagger are present, Ooey Gooey is sugary, sunshiny pop rock that recalls Josie & the Pussycats, the Banana Splits and Lancelot Link & the Evolution Revolution, to name but three. It’s all sing-along choruses, childlike themes and a contrived innocence—not the kind of record one would’ve predicted from a guy who once fronted The Gories. The original bubblegum music was a cash-in produced on an assembly-line using studio musicians and hired songwriters, who dashed out the stuff as quickly as possible and most likely forgot about it even quicker. While The Dirtbombs adhere to some of this original approach by using a list of guest musicians so long there wasn’t room to credit them on the album cover, Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey is actually a carefully crafted work almost two years in the making.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Sugar On Top

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  2. #2 Crazy For You

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  3. #3 It's Gonna Be Alright

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  4. #4 Hot Sour Salty Sweet

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  5. #5 Jump And Shout

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  6. #6 The Girl On The Carousel

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  7. #7 Hey! Cookie

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  8. #8 Sunshine Girl

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  9. #9 No More Rainy Days / Sun Sound Interlude

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  10. #10 We Come In The Sunshine

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Single MP3s for this release are $0.99.

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