Dirty Looks (band)
Henrik Ostergaard performing in 2009
|Origin||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Genres||Hard rock, glam metal|
|Years active||1984–1996, 2007-2011|
|Labels||Atlantic, FNA Records, Sony/Rockworld, Mirror Records, BH Records, Shrapnel Records, Sticky Records, Perris Records|
|Associated acts||Scarecrow (band), Jack Starr's Burning Starr, Dangerous Toys, Burning Orange, Crossfire|
|Past members||James Harris (author/musician)
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Originally from the Erie, Pennsylvania cover-band Crossfire, the 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 joined them a year later.
While in California and upon their return home to Philadelphia, the group had a revolving door membership, yet released an EP and three independent albums before Atlantic Records offered them a recording contract. For their major label debut, Dirty Looks consisted of Paul Lidel (guitar), Jack Pyers (bass) and Gene Barnett (drums). The resulting album, Cool From The Wire in 1988, entered the Billboard chart, while getting substantial airplay on MTV for their video for the song "Oh Ruby". Produced by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Lynch Mob), it is still regarded by many as one of the best hard rock albums of all time. Twenty five years later, Cool From The Wire continues to sell online and in record stores all across the globe.
For the follow-up album in 1989, there were conflicts with their original record 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 higher on the Billboard chart. The President of Atlantic Records and the higher-ups of their new management team Hard To Handle (AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Emerson Lake and Palmer) thought that it would benefit the band if they hired a producer who had current albums on the Billboard charts. Beau Hill (Ratt, Warrant, Winger) was hired to record the album but the band felt that he wasn't capturing the street sound that they were looking for. The Hill sessions were scrapped and John Jansen (Britny Fox, Faster Pussycat, Cinderella) was brought in to produce Turn Of The Screw, which was released in 1989. After the album dropped, the band hit the road on another vigorous tour.
Their 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. Lee's Wicked Alliance, and Prong.
Ostergaard began recording under the Dirty Looks moniker again in 1994, to record the Chewing On The Bit album. Then he worked with Rumbledog again, releasing an album in 1995. Original drummer, Todd Yetter (of American Sugar Bitch) was replaced and not credited. The lineup continued with bassist Jassen Wilber, drummer Ron Sutton, guitarist Mike Ondrusek and guitarist Mike Smith. Ostergaard put out two releases as Dirty Looks in 1996.
With the personnel above, minus Ondrusek and adding singer Gabriel Scott Robison, Ostergaard took a back seat in the vocal department and formed the Burning Orange project who released an album splitting up in 1996. After that, Ostergaard retired from the music industry to focus on family life. In early 2007, Ostergaard nearly died from alcohol poisoning. With the changing climate of the music scene, the release sold moderately...prompting the current band members to branch off into different directions and pursue other projects.
At the end of 2009 Dirty Looks signed with the Nashville, Tennessee based label, FNA Records. In 2010 they re-released three albums.
On February 5, 2010, bassist Greg Pianka was stabbed to death in a bar brawl at Hi & Dri Pub along West Lake Road in Erie, PA just after 11:30pm.
Henrik Ostergaard died, at the age of 47, on January 27, 2011. The Erie County, Pennsylvania coroner stated that he had died of liver failure while under hospice care. He was survived by his two sons, Henrik Jr. and Elliott.
- Henrik Ostergaard - Vocals and guitars (deceased) (1984-1996; 2006-2011)
- Paul Anthony Stage - bass guitar (1984)
- Paul Anthony "Buck" Dulle - drums (1984-1985)
- Scot T. Garcia - guitar - (1984)
- Jimmy Chartley - bass guitar (1984-1985)
- Boyd Baker - (1985-1986)
- Steve McConnell - drums (1985-1986; 1993-1996; 2007)
- John Pelinski - bass guitar (1985-1986)
- Jack Pyers - bass guitar (1986-1990; 1991; 2007-2008)
- A.D. Adams - drums (1986-1987)
- Chris Bensch - guitar (1987)
- Gene Barnett - drums (1987-1990; 1993)
- Paul Lidel - guitar (1987-1994; 2007)
- Chris Caffery - guitar (1988-1989)
- Dave Naro - bass guitar (1990-1991)
- Rick Marty - guitar (1990-1991; 1994; 1996) (deceased)
- Cary Devore - drums (1990-1991)
- Brian Perry - bass guitar (1991-1993)
- Ed Collins - drums (1991; 2008)
- J.Michael Davis - drums (1991)
- James Harris (author/musician) - drums (1991-1993)
- Keith Barrows - bass guitar (1994-1995)
- Alex Kane - guitar (1994)
- Charlie George - drums (1994-1995)
- John Allen - drums (1994)
- Nicky Kay - guitar (1994)
- Idzi - bass guitar (1994)
- Mike Ondrusek - guitar (1994-1995)
- Mike Smith - guitar (1994-1996)
- Todd Yetter - drums (1994)
- Jassen Wilber - bass guitar (1994-1996)
- Ron Sutton - drums (1994-1996; 2007; 2008)
- Garbiel Scott (Robison) - lead vocals (1996)
- Mike Ohm - guitar (2007)
- Trevor Huster - guitar (2007)
- Doug Welser - drums (2007)
- Jeremy Hummel - drums (2007)
- Eric Brewer - guitar (2008)
- Christopher Shaner - guitar (2008-2009)
- Doug Phillips - bass guitar (2008)
- Scott Parmenter - guitar (2009-2011)
- Greg Pianka - bass guitar (deceased) (2009-2010)
- Jeff Smith - drums (2009)
- Bill Dailey - drums (2009-2011)
- (1985) Dirty looks
- (1986) In Your Face
- (1987) I Want More
- (1988) Cool from the Wire
- (1989) Turn of the Screw
- (1991) Bootlegs
- (1992) Five Easy Pieces
- (1994) Chewing on the Bit
- (1994) One Bad Leg
- (1996) Rip It Out!
- (1996) Slave to the Machine
- (2007) Gasoline
- (2008) California Free Ride
- (2008) Superdeluxe
- (2010) Dirty Looks
- (2010) I.C.U.
- (1984) Dirty Looks EP
- (2005) Live In San Diego
- (2009) The Worst of Dirty Looks - Best of Compilation