Superdeluxe is the follow up effort to Dirty Looks 2007 CD, Gasoline. This disc features Henrik Ostergaard along with returning members Paul Lidel on guitar, and Jack Pyers on bass.
Henrik Ostergaard’s voice hasn’t changed one bit since the classic Dirty Looks CD, Cool From the Wire. I have always liked his razor sharp vocals, and he is definitely in fine form here. Paul Lidel is obviously influenced by Angus Young. His guitar work here is superb, and seems to be the perfect compliment to Ostergaard’s vocals.
The production issues that were present on Gasoline are all gone on Superdeluxe. This is a great sounding CD all the way through.
Some of the stand out tunes on this disc are ‘A Million MIles”, “Fast Ride”, and “Not Enough”. I must admit that I don’t think Superdeluxe is as strong as Cool From the Wire. This is however a very solid disc that seems to get better with multiple listens. If you are a fan of any of Dirty Looks’ previous releases, you ought to pick this disc up.
Superdeluxe, with the new updated album cover is available now through CDBaby.com. For more information on Dirty Looks, check out their website here.
Rating:Out of 10
01. Bring Me Down
02. A Million Miles
03. Wide Glide
04. Dead Movie Star
06. Fast Ride
07. Blue Light
08. Not Enough
09. Thin Red Line
10. Steppin Stone
Dirty Looks is:
Henrik Ostergaard – Vocals/Guitar
Jack Pyers – Bass
Paul Lidel – Guitar
Jeremy Hummel – Drums
Dangerous Toys is a band that I always thought would be a good poster child for sleaze rock. I have picked up all of their CD’s over the years and I have never been let down by any one of them. I always know that I will get a disc full of hard driving tunes with great vocals.
On Pissed, Jason McMaster delivers the goods once again, and Paul Lidel sounds like he has been playing in the band forever.
There is a lot to like on this disc, and it does not disappoint. The title track Pissed, is a great up tempo number that need to be cranked up to be appreciated.
Paintrain and The Law Is Mine continues the fun with two great in your face rockers back to back.
Promise The Moon is an excellent ballad and something that you wouldn’t expect to hear from the DT guys.
Strange is a heavy track full of sleaze and head banging goodness. Great Stuff! Loser has an AC/DC type of sound, and a great party rock feel to it.
Hard Luck Champion is one of my favorite tracks on this disc, and should be my theme song.
Screamin’ for More is an upbeat song that has a less heavier feel that the rest of the tracks on Pissed. There are more acoustic guitars on this song but it has a great sound.
Oh Well, So What! is one of those songs that you would love to crank up and play in your office when you are having a bad day. This is the closest thing to giving someone the bird in audible fashion.
Illustrated Man is a cool song that would make a good theme song for Miami Ink. It is a great way to close out Pissed.
Pissed is a great hard rock record all the way through. There are no filler tracks, and it is a fun party rock record that is a great listen. Sadly, Pissed was released right in the middle of the grunge movement, and got very little attention. It is one of those nice gems in my collection that I like to break out from time to time. You can still find this one online quite often for under $10.00. It is worth picking up!
3. The Law Is Mine
4. Promise The Moon
7. Hard Luck Champion
8. Screamin’ For More
9. Oh Well, So What!
10. Illustrated Man
- Jason McMaster – Vocals
- Mark Geary – Drums
- Scot Dalhover – Guitar
- Paul Lidel – Guitar & Vocals
- Mike Watson – Bass & Vocals
The first time I heard any tracks off of Dirty Looks’ release, Cool From the Wire, I honestly thought I was hearing new music from AC/DC. Henrik Ostergaard has that whole Bon Scott sound down pretty darn close, and the rhythm section of former Harpo bassist Jack Pyers, drummer Gene Barnett could give AC/DC a run for their money.
This was the first major release featuring lead guitarist, Paul Lidel. Paul came out with his guitar blazing, and quickly shows that he is a very solid player on this disc.
Ozzy Osbourne producer Max Norman produced this disc, and the sound is on this disc is fantastic. Cool from the Wire hit #134 on the Bilboard charts, and three singles (Wastin’ my time, Cool From the Wire, and Oh Ruby) were released from this disc. It’s Not the Way You Rock was also on the Johnny Be Good movie sound track.
Dirty Looks never gained the fame and fortune that many of the hard rock bands from the late 80’s did. As a result, Cool From the Wire is a disc that was over looked by many. It is an all killer, no filler, hard rocking affair that is well worth picking up in 2007.
Dirty Looks certainly didn’t have an original sound, but they definitely rocked and rocked hard. Paul Lidel’s guitar work smokes on this disc and makes this one worth hearing. Fans of 80’s hard rock and AC/DC fans ought to give this one a look. If you like these tunes, you can still pick this disc up at Amazon.com and CDUniverse.com.
Rating: Out of 10
- Cool From The Wire
- It’s Not The Way You Rock
- Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
- Oh Ruby
- Wastin’ My Time
- Put a Spell On You
- No Brains Child
- Get It Right
- It’s A Bitch
- Get Off
Dirty Looks is:
Henrik Ostergaard – Vocals
Paul Lidel – Guitars
Jack Pyers – Bass
Gene Barnett – Drums
Austin,TX transplant Paul Lidel has been kicking ass in a number of hard rock bands over the years. Sadly, if you were to bring his name up amongst rock fans, the majority of the people wouldn’t know who he was.
The bands that he has been members of over the years have put out some great hard rock records, and that is due to the excellent guitar playing and back up vocals Paul Lidel provides with each new release.
The first time that I have heard any music featuring Paul, was the 1988, Max Norman produced release by Dirty Looks, called Cool From the Wire.
Dirty Looks went on to put out several records over the years of which Paul played lead guitar on.
In 1994, Paul took over the lead guitar slot with Jason McMaster’s band Dangerous Toys, and later formed Broken Teeth, with McMaster in 1999.
In 2007, Paul has joined a new band, Adrenaline Factor, that has quite a bit of buzz going for them right now.
Paul has been playing live since he was 14 years old, and has been kicking ass ever since.
1988 – Dirty Looks – Cool From the Wire
1989 – Dirty Looks – Turn of the Screw
1991 – Dirty Looks – Bootlegs
1992 – Dirty Looks – Five Easy Pieces
1993 – Rumbledog – S/T
1994 – Dangerous Toys – Pissed
1995 – Dangerous Toys – The R*tist 4*merly Known as Dangerous Toys
1999 – Dangerous Toys – Vitamins and Crash Helmets Tour – Greatest Hits Live
1999 – Broken Teeth – S/T
2002 – Broken Teeth – Guilty Pleasure
2005 – Broken Teeth – Blood On the Radio
2007 – Adrenaline Factor – S/T