Dennis Quinn and Robert Gillespie of the Finnz
Here’s a groovy – if slightly later than we’re used to – version of one of my favorite songs.
I have whipped Bob Seger and the Last Heard’s epic ‘East Side Story’ on you in various and sundry ways (ILRS, mixes, single tracks, covers) over the years.
Last year, whilst occupied rooting around on the web, I happened upon the record you see before you on a sales list, confirmed that it was the same song and purchased it forthwith.
When the disc fell through the mailslot and I had a chance to spin it all the way through, I was a happy camper indeed.
What you get here is all of the power of the OG – minus some fuzz – played in a 1982, new wavey (sorta) stylee by a Detroit-area group called the Finnz.
Led by singer Dennis Quinn, the Finnz released a pair of 45s in 1982, and even (fortunately for us) made an appearance playing this very song on Detroit TV.
The original East Side Story was a major regional hit, and it’s not hard to imagine why a Motor City band might want to bring it up to date with their own version.
Guitarist Robert Gillespie had played in a post-MC5 group with Rob Tyner (calling themselves the New MC5!?), and after the dissolution of the Finnz went on to a long association with none other than Mitch Ryder.
This is a very cool 45, and joins the list of fantastic covers of ‘East Side Story’ alongside the St Louis Union, Caretakers and others.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.