Dogs D’Amour – In the Dynamite Jet Saloon MMX

January 01, 1970

(King
Outlaw)

 

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In
the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, British ne’er-do-wells the Dogs D’amour had a
chaotic, sloppy, brilliant run of dirty rock & roll fueled in equal parts
by excessive substance use and even more excessive wistful romanticism. The
quartet scored a few minor hits in the U.K. and raised a ruckus with
likeminded souls Nikki Sudden and Hanoi Rocks before dissolving in a cloud of
rancor, broken guitar strings and glitter in the gutter. While the band
launched with the little-heard The State
We’re In
(originally released in 1984 only in Finland), the Dogs really took off
with their second LP, 1988’s raucous In
the Dynamite Jet Saloon
, still considered by many to be the group’s zenith.

 

Claiming
a need to celebrate the album’s initial release, Dogs leader Tyla decided to
re-record Saloon, soliciting fan
contributions to pay for production while involving none of his former
bandmates (unsurprising, given the general acrimony) and revising the tracklist
considerably. Thus was born In the
Dynamite Jet Saloon MMX
, released under the Dogs’ name (with a helpful
“Tyla Presents” on the cover). Tyla remains mostly faithful to the original
arrangements, keeping the essential Stonesy glampunk spirit of “Last Bandit,”
“Billy Two Rivers” and “I Don’t Want You to Go” intact. Tyla’s gruff singing
has become more mannered in recent years, with a few more “yeahs” than absolutely
necessary, especially on the ballad “How Come It Never Rains” (probably the
finest song he’s ever written). Less-celebrated cuts like “Sometimes” “How Do
You Fall in Love Again” and “Wait Until I’m Dead” fare better, perhaps because
remakes carry fewer expectations and Tyla needs not try so hard. Cognoscenti
may (rightly) complain about the elimination of “Debauchery,” “Gonna Get It
Right,” “Heartbreak” and fan favorite “The Kid From Kensington,” but Tyla
softens the blow by including remakes of cuts from the long out-of-print The ‘Unauthorized Bootleg’ Album,
including “Swingin’ the Bottle,” “Dynamite Jet Saloon” and the near-hit
“Heroine.”

 

Original
picker Jo Dog’s filthy slide work is missed, though Tyla and co-guitarist
Lezard manage to kick up a six-string fuss. But what’s really absent here is
the original band’s youthful energy. While recent Tyla solo records like Bloody Hell Fire and In Life, In Love, In Dreams reveal
maturity working to his advantage, it’s almost a hindrance here, as the remakes
lack the originals’ devil-take-the-hindmost spirit. The tunes themselves hold
up just fine, making it fortunately difficult for Tyla to make MMX a bad record. But the celebratory
spirit in which this production is meant doesn’t match the go-for-broke-because-what-the-hell-why-not
attitude of the original LP. But until some music industry bean-counter decides
to greenlight a comprehensive reissue campaign of the Dogs’ out-of-print
records (i.e. all of them) In the
Dynamite Jet Saloon MMX
will be the only version of this classic album
available. And as the last Saloon standing, it will have to suffice.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Sometimes,” “State I’m In,”
“Dynamite Jet Saloon” MICHAEL TOLAND

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