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Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey!

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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.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: In The Red
  • ASIN: B00E1O8ZEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mick Collins and friends guide you through a land of innocence and care-free summer days of puppy love and endless joy set to groovin' garage rock bubblegum pop tunes.

I dare you to play this record with a frown, you'd find it difficult.
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All we are saying is give Bubblegum a chance and what better place to start than this.
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Longtime Dirtbombs fans should not be scared off by this being hailed as the band's "bubblegum" album. While there certainly are some songs that have a slight bubblegum pop sound, the overall feel is still distinctively that of Mick Collins and the Dirtbombs. In other words, there's still a bit of garage clank in the tank. So don't worry; It ain't the second coming of the Archies!

Maybe even more than bubblegum, these songs exude a refreshing 1960s "Sunshine Pop" vibe. In fact, the last three songs on the CD are dubbed "The Sunshine Suite," the last of which, "We Come In the Sunshine" unabashedly borrows from the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" (Brian Wilson is given "special thanks" in the credits) for a part of the chorus. Okay, these songs may not all be "original" or unique, but they still sound mighty fun. And that's the operative word for this collections of songs; FUN.

The biggest complaint about this CD would be the length; there are only 29 minutes of music on here, Plus, you don't get any booklet or any details about the band or album, only a long list of people that the band gives "special thanks" to for helping with the making of this album. Good music, but considering the short length and bare-bones packaging, I think this one should be selling for a much cheaper price.
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