Dirty Looks – “Turn Of The Screw” (1989)

Here’s another irresistible gem from one of the best sleaze/glam/hair bands to never break big.  Dirty Looks’ main man was nasty boy Henrik Ostergaard (R.I.P.), a man in possession of a rough ‘n raunchy voice, an alcohol fueled swagger, and a penchant for non-sensical lyrics.  Make no mistake, Dirty Looks’ style followed a definite formula, but it was a good one.  It was pretty much a three-chord approach wrapped around slippery blues-based riffs.  Honestly, many of the songs’ main riffs aren’t at all that different from each other.  Distinguishing one track from another is kind of like splitting hairs.  Again, pretty formulaic, but it worked to perfection.  (Look what it did for AC/DC!)  The rhythm section contributed a beefy backbone with grooves aplenty.  My personal favorite cuts are Nobody Rides For Free, Hot Flash Jelly Roll, and best of all, the awesome L.A. Anna!  This is another one of those late eighties Atlantic Records releases that has gone woefully out of print.  For some odd reason I have collected Turn Of The Screw on tape, vinyl, and CD.  One of the few trifectas in my music collection.  My score: A

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