See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

City Slang: “Gashole” revisited

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Motorhead’s Lemmy loves Speedball, and you should too. The reference should be lost on no one too. Like the ‘head, Speedball played hard and heavy, gnarly, metal-tinged rock ’n’ roll complimented by whisky-gargling vocals.

What a band they were too (and are, when they play the occasional reunion show). Former Seduce drummer Chuck Burns played guitar and sang. Meanwhile, there was local working musos Bill Kozy on guitar, Jeff King on bass, and Mike Alonso on drums.

Gashole is my personal fave. It’s pure filth, with songs like “Team Blowout”, “Murder Car” and “Tight Black Pants” giving away exactly where this band is coming from. The focus was on the low brow. Muscle cars, girls and booze.

Much like the MC5 before them, this is the natural progression of Detroit blues and rock ’n’ roll. Burns is singing about the things that were affected DE-troit dudes in ’99, and it all still maintains its relevance today.

There will be people who haven’t heard this record, or any of Speedball’s albums. If you are one of them, put that right this week.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit