Dirty Looks were one of several bands of the era (Rhino Bucket, Dangerous Toys, Johnny Crash, Nevada Beach, etc) that displayed a rather obvious AC/DC influence, but the band's second record for Atlantic, Turn of the Screw, is quite impressive in its own right. The album opens with the raucous title track, "Turn of the Screw." It's Aerosmith meets AC/DC. The song is immaculately put together.
Up next is the single, "Nobody Rides For Free." This song might even be better than the title track, both songs are similarly constructed. Great verse with a nice singalong bit and then a very melodic chorus that rides a groovy riff.
The band manage to inject quite a bit of melody into their nuanced take on the AC/DC brand of rock and roll. The songs are well-written and bursting with personality. Those first two songs stand out above the rest but the whole album is good. A hyper track called "C'Mon Frenchie" is followed by the in your face awesomeness of "Take What Ya Get."
Side Two opens with a slick rocker called "L.A. Anna," nice groove and a huge chorus.
The next song, "Slammin' to the Big Beat," is a shameless AC/DC imitation, Ostergaard sounds almost exactly like Brian Johnson on the track. After a formulaic metal tune called "Love Screams" the band deliver the requisite ballad, "Go Away," not surprisingly the worst song on the album. The album ends strong with a killer riff rocker called "Have Some Balls."
Dirty Looks - Have Some Balls
The band churned out five more records between 1992 and 1996, then broke up. They regrouped in 2007 and released a few more albums, unfortunately Henrik Ostergaard passed away in 2011 at the age of 47.