“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest has been brewing for two years but is well worth the wait! In the way that I got catapulted into heavier music from the likes of The Jesus Lizard off the back of Nirvana, the explosion of The White Stripes in the UK mostly from John Peel’s patronage led me to deep dive into comps like “The Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit” and from there the blues garage rock explosion of The Dirtbombs presented themselves. Once I found “Ultraglide In Black” with its Stax meets Stevie Wonder via The Oblivians, I was hooked.

Mick Collins was no one-trick stallion though, each Dirtbombs album I got since was a new mind-melder – “We Got You Surrounded” went from the delicious soul to taut, stripped back Cramps assault with humour as well as teeth (songs like “Leopardman at C&A” showed Collins’ wit as well as his vim).”Party Store” (also on the inestimably brilliant In The Red records) was a surprising album of house & rave covers – including Inner City, Rhythim Is Rhythm etc – giving a new strange strand to the garage vibes – not just garage rock, this was garage music as noughties UK would have it – sweaty but brandishing glow-sticks.

Meanwhile the pleasingly onomatopoeic “Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka​-​blooey!” followed and it was Mick’s paean to the 1910 Fruitgum Company & The Archies – proper bubblegum pop. This man and his music won’t be categorized. As will become apparent if you follow Collins’ entertaining, opinionated and righteous Twitter account (@broknheadphones). Which is where I got in touch with Mick, having over the years reviewed the odd Dirtbombs album online and wanting / hoping to get a “song for ewe”. Mick was keen but he had to find the right tune. In the meantime, he put out a fantastic album “Blue Gene Stew” with a veritable cult group of punk dons – joined by Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore and tons more of course) and Kid Congo Powers (Cramps/Gun Club and tons more also) and I wondered when inspiration for our feature might hit.

This year it went from “Blue Gene Stew” to red letter day when I got a tweet from Mick simply saying “Finally! I got one!” with a YouTube link. Hence I’m tickled pink to offer you, Mick Collins’ “song for ewe”…

but first, a new tune from the upcoming Wolfmanhattan Project album…

and one of the tunes that got me bang into The Dirtbombs and the oeuvre of Mick Collins in the first instance…

So excited was I that I played a whole bunch of Mick (Dirtbombs triple header, Gories & Wolfmanhattan Project) on this weekend’s Velvet Sheep radio show…listen back here…

As I mentioned there, here were a couple of rare but salient tweets from Mick recently about upcoming musical projects:
“So, this appears to be a good time to let you all know that a) Troy and I have started passing notes around for the next Dirtbombs album; b) Jerome and I have started riffing our way towards a new Voltaire Brothers album” …the next Wolfmanhattan Project album is “in the pipeline” as they say”

And without further ado, this is the two years in the gestation, full of prestidigitation, Mick Collins “song for ewe”…

“The impassioned delivery of lead singer Edna Wright atop that percolating groove grabbed me *instantly* upon hearing it. For decades I’ve been flummoxed as to why this was not a major commercial success for them.”

THANKS SO MUCH MICK COLLINS, YOU LEGEND!