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Shane’s Rock Challenge: RED DOGS – 1990 – Wrong Side Of Town

| 5 July 2014 | Reply

Shane’s Rock Challenge: RED DOGS – 1990 – Wrong Side Of Town
By Shane Pinnegar
7.5/10

Red Dogs - Wrong Side Of Town cover

Red Dogs were raspy singer Mickey Ripley, bassist Mick Young, drummer Stow, and guitarists Chris John and Paul Guérin, based out of London, and this was their debut mini-album (whatever that means – though at 6 songs it’s more than an EP, less than a full slab.)

They had a decent career for a couple of years – albeit in the shadow of acts like The Quireboys, Dogs D’Amour, etc – but they toured the UK and Japan at the very least and put out one more excellent full length album.

Of the six tracks of solid gold blues rock (with a touch of Faces grit) on show, Wrong Side Of Town and Lizzy Gone Bad are great little foot-stomping rockers, the all-too-brief intro to Drop Me A Line features some tasty slide playing from Guérin (now with The Quireboys), before kicking into a balls-out romp, and Lets Go Out To Stay is another great bluesy rocker in a similar vein as The Quireboys.

In short, this band may be obscure, but they are massively underrated, and you really should try and get your hands on this disc. Nice bunch of guys too – I spent a few months living with half of ‘em in Streatham, London after the band had broken up. I would say there’s now way I’d let my copy go – though, I just saw on Amazon someone is trying to sell their copy for £99.99 and you know what, I could really use 100 quid – so offers on a postcard to the usual address, thanks chaps and chapettes!

(Just kidding!)

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