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A Dirtbombs Family Tree

The complete Dirtbombs lineups ... and where they all are now

 

Published 2/6/2008

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  • First two 7-inch singles, recording commences 9-18-95: Lineup #1
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Chris Fachini (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Tom Lynch (bass)
    • Eric Johnson (fuzz)

  • Recording session 1/1/97: Lineup #2
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Tom Lynch (bass)
    • Joe Greenwald (fuzz)
    • Chris Fachini (drums)
    • Scott Michalski (drums)

  • First live performing lineup, beginning with a party at Ghetto Recorders on 4-26-97 while the first time onstage was 5-16-97 at the Gallery in Normal, Ill.: (MT contributor and former Dirtbomb Chris Handyside remembers the show starting with Mick introducing the band as "Two black guys, a Jew, a Mick and a Newfie walk into a bar and the bartender says ‘What is this? Some kind of joke?' No, it's the Dirtbombs." However, a live recording from the show reveals Mick's intro as: "Not only do we suck … we're loud!") Lineup #3
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Tom Lynch (bass)
    • Joe Greenwald (fuzz)
    • Chris Handyside (drums)
    • Ewolf (drums)

  • Live 9/27/97: For some long-forgotten reason, Bob McCreedy was a last-minute fill-in on bass. Lineup #4
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Bob McCreedy (bass)
    • Joe Greenwald (fuzz)
    • Chris Handyside (drums)
    • Ewolf (drums)

  • Live 11/29/97: (Ghettoblaster compilation release party, clearly remembered by all parties as Tom Lynch's farewell show)
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Tom Lynch (bass)
    • Joe Greenwald (fuzz)
    • Chris Handyside (drums)
    • Ewolf (drums)

  • The Lineup — after Tom Lynch moved to San Francisco — for part of 1998 and the recording of a few 7-inch singles: Lineup #5
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Joe Greenwald (fuzz)
    • Chris Handyside (drums)
    • Ewolf (drums)

  • More of 1998 though members can't remember exactly when Pat Pantano moved back to Detroit from Pittsburgh: Lineup #6
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Joe Greenwald (fuzz)
    • Ewolf (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Members swear this Lineup played in 1998, but details are sketchy at best: Lineup #6A
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Joe Greenwald (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Chris Handyside (drums)

  • Lineup 1999, for recording purposes only (including The Black Godfather and most of Chariots of the Gods): Lineup #7
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Dion Fischer (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ewolf (drums)

  • Recording of the song, "They Hate Us in Scandinavia," July 1999: Lineup #7A
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Dion Fischer (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Gisela Albertini (drums)

  • Recording of the song "Cedar Point '76," middle of 1999: Lineup #7B
    • Mick Collins (guitar/fuzz/drums):
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live Lineup, Dec. 18, 1999 through October 7, 2000: Lineup #8
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Troy Gregory (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)

  • Live October 7, 2000: Lineup #8A
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Troy Gregory (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • With Mike Gabriel (theremin)

  • Recording lineup 2000 and live from Nov. 3, 2000 (for most of Ultraglide in Black, Dangerous Magical Noise and various 7-inch singles in between): Lineup #9
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)

  • Live March 10, 2001: Lineup #10
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Ewolf (drums) (Three drummers rotating in and out throughout the set)

  • Live April 6-7, 2001:
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)

  • Live April 27-28, 2001 (as well as recording "Kung Fu" and "If You Can Want" from Ultraglide LP): Lineup #11
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Ewolf (drums)

  • Live May 18, 2001 through March 24, 2002:
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Intermittent backing vocals from Deanne Iovan

  • Live Spanish tour, March 30, 2002 through April 15, 2002: Lineup #12
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Ryan Pritts (drums)
    • Nick Lloyd (drums)

  • Live April 21, 2002:
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)

  • Live April 26-27, 2002: Lineup #13
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Nick Lloyd (drums)

  • Live May 2, 2002 through March 1, 2003:
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • With occasional backing vocals from Deanne Iovan and Ko Shih

  • Live March 7-9, 2003: Lineup #14
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Ko Shih (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live March 10, 2003 through March 17, 2003: Lineup #9
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Tom Potter (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)

  • Recording of "Lost Love," Summer 2003: Lineup #9A
    • Mick Collins (guitar/fuzz)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)

  • Live July 4, 2003 through Sept. 6, 2003: Lineup #15
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live Oct. 17, 2003: Lineup #16
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Ko Shih (bass)
    • Troy Gregory (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live Oct. 29, 2003 through Nov. 15, 2003: (Recorded Billiards at 9:30, handful of new songs for If You Don't Already Have a Look, all of We Have You Surrounded and various 7" singles.) Lineup #17
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live Nov. 19, 2003 through Jan. 16, 2004: Lineup #15
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live Jan. 17, 2004: Lineup #17
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live Jan. 22, 2004 through Feb. 7, 2004: Lineup #15
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live 1/26/04: Lineup #15
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • With very special guest Steve Mackay on saxophone

  • Live March 4-6, 2004: Lineup #18
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Keeler (drums)

  • Live March 10-13, 2004: Lineup #17
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live March 19, 2004 through April 6, 2004: Lineup #8
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Troy Gregory (fuzz)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)

  • Live April 23, 2004 through May 2, 2004: Lineup #15
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Jim Diamond (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live May 7, 2004 through May 18, 2004: Lineup #17
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
  • Live May 19-22, 2004: Lineup #19
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Adam Renshaw (drums)

  • Live June 19, 2004: Lineup #20
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)
    • Jim Diamond (guesting on guitar on four songs)

  • Live July 15-18, 2004: #Lineup 17
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live July 20-24, 2004: #Lineup 18
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Keeler (drums)
  • Live 8/4/04 through 2/12/05: Lineup #17
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live April 1, 2005: Lineup #21
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Deanne Iovan (bass)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

  • Live April 15, 2005 through the present: Lineup #17
    • Mick Collins (guitar/vocals)
    • Troy Gregory (bass)
    • Ko Shih (fuzz)
    • Ben Blackwell (drums)
    • Patrick Pantano (drums)

Mick Collins is the "idea man" of the Dirtbombs. He previously played in the Gories, Blacktop, King Sound Quartet and the Screws. He collects furry animal comics.

Chris Fachini has played with Rocket 455, Godzuki and the Detroit Cobras and is the main entity behind Teach Me Tiger. He also exhibited a bad-ass dub sound system at the MOCAD in 2007.

Patrick Pantano has played drums for the Colors, Cathouse and the Steel Miners and is a founding member of the Come-Ons. He's a world-renowned photographer, famous for his shots of the White Stripes.

Tom Lynch performed with the Gear and Rocket 455 before moving to San Francisco in 1997 to accept a killer job at Amoeba Records.

Eric Johnson is also known as "Dana Spicer" and is best remembered for his fanzine, The Wedge.

Joe Greenwald was confused during most of his time in the Dirtbombs and remains the only band member to ever be fired. He's responsible for Third Gear Records and Elevation Recordings.

Scott Michalski has played drums with the Volebeats and Godzuki.

Chris Handyside is a founding member of the Hentchmen, was a former music editor of the Metro Times, and is partly responsible for the Fighting Pinheads.

Ewolf is sometimes known as Eric Wheeler and has played drums for Angry Red Planet and Cinecyde. He's also an accomplished photographer who's taken some of the more classic Dirtbombs pix.

Bob McCreedy is best known for his work with the Volebeats.

Jim Diamond has played in the Beat-o-Sonics, the Wayouts and the Neoplastics. He recorded many early Dirtbombs sessions and owns/operates Ghetto Recorders

Dion Fischer was in Godzuki and the Go and is currently with Tranzistors. He's also a big part of the UFO Gallery in Eastern Market.

Gisela Albertini just happened to be in the studio for a second. She's also played with Two Bo's Maniacs and the Cave Dogs.

Troy Gregory has done time in Flotsam and Jetsam, Prong and Killing Joke. He's the brains behind the Witches and Troy Gregory and the Stepsisters.

Ben Blackwell has played hired gun for Weird War, Dan Sartain and Kelley Stoltz. He runs Cass Records and was the sorry sap who had to research this damned beast of a family tree.

Mike Gabriel currently fronts the Sermon and formerly spent time with the Mount McKinleys.

Tom Potter has played with Just Say No and Kill Devil Hill — but is better known for fronting Bantam Rooster and the Detroit City Council (the band, not the governmental organization).

Deanne Iovan co-founded the Come-Ons and is currently working on a solo album.

Nick Lloyd has played drums for the Dirtys and Bantam Rooster.

Ryan Pritts played drums in Paik and They Come in Threes.

Ko Shih fronts Ko and Knockouts and has also played with the Von Bondies, the Soledad Brothers, the Detroit Cobras and the Come-Ons. She also has a Sirius satellite radio show on Little Steven's Underground Garage channel.

Steve Mackay played saxophone on the Stooges Funhouse and still tours with them today.

Patrick Keeler plays drums for the Greenhornes and the Raconteurs.

Adam Renshaw played drums for the Forty-Fives.

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