Album review: Rick Derringer, Good Dirty Fun (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 28, 1983

By Steve Newton

Party-time tunes of young lust (“Lesson Learned”) and the rock and roll life (“Party at the Hotel”) predominate on Rick Derringer’s latest LP, Good Dirty Fun. But the subject matter of his songs is not really important. As usual, Derringer’s flashy guitar histrionics are the main attraction.

And there are a few nice surprises that make the album more than an excuse for Rick to show off his licks. The rockabilling “Mistake Magnifique” and poppy, danceable “White Heat” are a departure from the hard-rock leanings of Side One. The vocal duet with Bonnie Tyler on “When Love Attacks” is also a highlight.

Good Dirty Fun is recommended for fans of heavy pop-rock.

 

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