Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Gories

I was asked by someone, and I can't really tell you who for my memory sucks but I've got ideas... anyways they asked me to post these guys. The Gories, for those of you that are unfortunate enough to be unfamiliar with the Detroit music happenings over the years, is the premier garage rock band that fueled the city's obsession that led to such acts as The White Stripes and in my eyes cleared a path for rough sounds like found early Black Keys albums. Basically, I want to say that without the Gories none of that scene would have happened, but perhaps it is my pride in Detroit shining so obviously through. Naturally, the Gories pre-dated the White Stripes and their less widely known but just as good if not better local comrades. However, I got to listening to the Gories through a backdoor, as they had ceased making tunes before I was of age to consider what they were doing properly. That backdoor were the Dirtbombs, featuring the legendary Mick Collins as front man, who got his break in Detroit with none other than the Gories. He along with Dan Kroha, later of Demolition Doll Rods, and Peggy O'Neill produced the raw, simplistic music that would come to define over a decade of Detroit garage rock. Nothing too fancy about what they were doing really just loud, out of tune, lo-fi guitar, bass and pounding drums. This is what garage was meant to be, marvellously blending of blues and punk if you ask me. They produced three regular LPs in the studio, a live album at a houseparty (aptly named Houseparty), a sessions release was made (The Complete Bandin Sessions, my personal favorite recording of theirs and ever) and a number of 7 inches. I don't have the 7" at the moment to share, but the LPs you can get here, pilgrims.

To be had here:

Houserockin' (1988) [192 kbps]

I Know You Fine, But How You Doin'? (1990) [192 kbps]

Outta Here (1992) [192 kbps]

Houseparty (1987) [192 kbps]

Complete Bandin Sessions (1989) [128 kbps]


  1. OH MY LORD!!!!!!!!!
    Where did you get this "Houseparty" recording? Can you tell me more about it, please? AWESOME! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! I've never heard of this recording. I love the Gories! I went to the show in memphis.

  2. Is that a later release of Houseparty? I bought mine when it came out, with that great vintage photo on it. I also have the contents of the (before all record releases) very limited cassette tape the band distributed (demos, I guess, and some live) and a recording I made at Finney's...saw the band a few times back then.

  3. Sems you'd know better than me. I would sure like to get my hands on those early tapes though.

  4. I'd really like copies of the gigs at 3D (which was circa '87 or '88), Chris Gore's former pad (maybe a year prior?), etc. I wonder if Houseparty was the Gore house gig? Is there any info in it, apart from songtitles?

  5. I'm looking for any Gories cassettes , if any one can help send me a message .