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- Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka Blooey! by The Dirtbombs
Detroit garage rock legends The Dirtbombs have another of their concept records out. Yup, Mick Collins’s lot have mined the fertile fields of classic soul and vintage house, and now they’re dipping their toe into ‘60s bubblegum pop. Not with an album of covers this time, though; Mick has penned all these tracks himself.
It pretty much sounds how you would expect it to. The distinctive Dirtbombs dual-drummer rhythms and fuzz guitar are present and correct but the tunes are cheesier, there’s lots of call and response and handclaps and singing about cookies and ice cream and dancing. It’s highly entertaining and of course well observed and impeccably delivered but I have to admit that the high sugar content does start to get a bit sickly by the time you hit ‘Hey! Cookie’.
Thankfully they then close the album with a three-song ‘Sunshine Suite’ which heads more into Beach Boysy surf-pop territory, particularly in the ambitious closer ‘We Come In The Sunshine’. Basically on this LP you'll find the Dirtbombs at their most relentlessly upbeat, which is fun if a little saccharine. They were wise to keep it inside the half-hour mark. It’s very family-friendly too. Great album to play when the kids are about and you want to listen to something that doesn’t suck, but it doesn't quite scale the glorious heights of their two covers records.
8/10 Matthew Cumiskey Customer review, 19th February 2014
When a garage rock band decide to release a 'bubblegum pop record' it's hard to know what to expect, especially when it was first heralded a decade previously. Fortunately the Dirtbombs can pull it off, so to speak. In spite of its frankly terrible title Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey is a joyous experience, combining melodious pop tones with their usual dense rock sound. It may be saccharine, but it's the Dirtbombs. From the opener Sugar On Top through Hot Sour Salty Sweet to the final ode to the Beach Boys' with We Come In The Sunshine it is filled with pretty, filthy classics, Hey! Cookie promising to “be sweet to you if you're sweet to me/I'll have to make sure I lick my plate clean” is perhaps the least subtle. Yet there are also more innocent moments with Jump and Shout a reminder of school playground crushes and the thrill of requited love. While still a band that may never match up on tape to their brilliance heard live there is something very right about Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey, even if it's also a bit wrong.
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