The Gories

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The Gories
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Garage rock, blues rock
Years active 1986–1993, 2009–present
Labels In the Red, Sub Pop, Crypt
Past members Mick Collins
(guitar, vocals)
Dan Kroha
(guitar, vocals)
Peggy O'Neill

The Gories are an American garage rock trio that formed in Detroit in 1986. They were among the first 1980s garage rock bands to incorporate overt blues influences. The band features Mick Collins (of The Dirtbombs), Dan Kroha (of The Demolition Doll Rods) on guitar and vocals, and Peggy O'Neill on drums.

While the band originally broke up in 1992 after a European tour. The band reformed in July 2009 for a reunion tour across Europe, along with co-headliners The Oblivians. The band reconvened for a second reunion tour in 2010, this time across North America.


The Gories were formed in 1986 by metro-Detroit natives Mick Collins, Dan Kroha, and Peggy O'Neill. The Gories took their name from a band that appeared on the 1960s television show Gidget. The band members, which at that time dressed in mod clothing, were friends for over a year before they decided to start the band. [1]. At the time they formed the Gories, only Collins had had any musical experience, and they had to teach themselves how to play. [2] The Gories released their first album, "Houserockin'," in 1989. The album was allegedly recorded in a Quonset hut. The release had been predated by two songs on a Wanghead compilation LP, "It Came From The Garage Vol. II". The band recorded the follow-up LP, "I Know You Fine, but How You Doin'," in 1990, produced by Alex Chilton. They soon signed to the German label Crypt Records and released "Outta Here." After only three albums, the band suffered an infamous break-up in 1992. Mick Collins went on to form various bands including Blacktop and The Dirtbombs, while Dan Kroha joined Rocket 455 and later formed the Demolition Doll Rods and The Readies. Peggy O'Neill went on to join '68 Comeback and Darkest Hours. [3]

The Gories reunion[edit]

On September 30, 2008, via the Goner Records message board, Greg Cartwright of the Oblivians announced that the Gories and the Oblivians would play reunion shows in Detroit and Memphis, as well as multiple shows across Europe in the summer of 2009. The Detroit Free Press reported the reunion on April 1, 2009. [4] Detroit's free weekly newspaper the Metro Times ran a cover story on The Gories in its June 24, 2009, issue. The Oblivians-Gories show was at the Majestic Theater in Detroit on June 26, 2009.