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Classic Album Review: Electric Six | Fire

The Detroit dance-rockers get down with a slate of irresistible booty-shakers.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


There are a million bands that take their cues from ’70s disco, punk and heavy metal. But Detroit outfit Electric Six may be the first to try to play all of them — and at the same time. Even better, they manage to pull it off.

Drummer M. lays down the supersize dance-floor grooves, stomping that bass pedal and and rocking the hi-hat with both hands while bassist Disco yanks and pops those strings like an old-school funkateer. Meantime, guitarists Surge Joebot and Rock-N-Roll Indian — are these great rock-star names or what? — goose the works with snarling power chords and solos. For his part, singer Dick Valentine plays both sides against the middle with lampoonish lyrics and vocals that move from a falsetto twitter to a sultry come-on to an aggressive bark. Granted, it’s more style than substance — but that won’t stop you from getting down with your bad self to irresistible booty-shakers like Electric Demons in Love, Improper Dancing and the fire-in-the-disco masterpiece Danger! High Voltage. Burn, baby, burn.


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