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1. 80s / Present Hard Rock/Metal Band
2. A late 70s/early 80s new wave/power pop trio from Staten Island
3. A punk pop band from New York with ex-members of Bent Outta Shape

1) From the ashes of Erie, Pennsylvania cover-band Crossfire, Danish-born vocalist/guitarist Henrik Ostergaard and fellow Crossfire band-mate and bassist Jimmy Chartley traveled to San Francisco to form Dirty Looks in 1984. Fellow Crossfire bandmate Boyd Baker would join them a year later.

While in California and upon their return home to PA, the group had a revolving door membership, yet managed to release an EP and three independent (and hard to find) albums before Atlantic records came calling.

For their major label debut Dirty Looks consisted of Paul Lidel (guitar), former Harpo-bassist Jack Pyers (bass) and Gene Barnett (drums). The resulting album, Cool From The Wire, found its way onto the Billboard charts while getting substantial air-time on MTV for the video ‘Oh Ruby’

For the follow-up album, there were conflicts with original producer Beau Hill and the original recordings for Turn Of The Screw were scrapped, but the re-worked album would be the group’s most successful release reaching even higher on the Billboard charts.

The album of outtakes, Bootlegs was released in 1991, then the group broke up in 1993 following the release of Five Easy Pieces with Ostergaard forming Rumbledog, Lidel hooking up with Dangerous Toys (and later Broken Teeth and Adrenaline Factor, his current project) and bassist Brian Perry resurfacing in Jake E.


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  • LovenLepp

    Years later, still terribly missed. You had it all!

    26 Feb 4:44pm Reply
  • Lephrozy

    RIP Greg.

    23 Feb 12:29am Reply
  • Lephrozy

    RIP Henrik.

    23 Feb 12:26am Reply
  • mejamz

    One of my all-time Favorites.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    Cool From The Wire still one of my favorite albums [4] R.I.P. Henrik, we miss you man.

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • Slesar-int

    Check some sleaze/hard rock

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Necrophant

    now that the guy is dead lets go power pop

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • gdcman

    I had no idea Henrik died. Thanks for the great music. RIP.

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ointment19

    r.i.p. henrik.. i know i will never be able to listen to another dirty looks song with a smile anymore.. you will be sadly missed!!!!! you left some awesome songs behind

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • Kali0str0

    Оченямана крута!

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • FeusController

    Not enough words to express this terrible loss. But Henrik was not that man, when listening to his songs you feel sorrow. He and after his tragic retirement continued to give us great joy and recharge his incredible energy. Sorry for the bad english, depressed.

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • daemon38

    R.I.P. Henrik..

    3 Feb 2011 Reply
  • posuck

    I'm so sad. You were a great vocalist.

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
  • EricEvil

    R.I.P. Henrik

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • hi_scorpia

    Very sad news, Henrick was a great talent and the world of rock shall be much worse off without him in it.

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
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    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • FeusController

    Блять, я просто не могу ничего написать связного. Чудовищно и не желаю в это верить... R.I.P., friend...

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • jljungh

    Sweet dreams, Henrik. You kicked ass.

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • SpOOk808

    R.I.P. Henrik

    27 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Kali0str0

    группа просто чудо как хороша!!! Very underrated!! скоро прослушаю новье

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
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