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Dirty Rhythm?

Does anyone remember Dirty Rhythm?

It dawned on me recently that I don't think I've ever mentioned these guys. Dirty Rhythm formed in the very late 1980s in Oregon. The band sounds a lot like Sebastian Bach-era Skid Row. Dirty Rhythm have a rough edge to their sleaze sound.

The band has two official albums, released more than a decade apart. The 1991 debut, Hard As a Rock features all the Glam sounds you love. I think Dirty Rhythm just got lost in the shuffle. In 2006, reissue label Suncity released Never Cleaned Up, a series of lost songs.

Dirty Rhythm released a video to support Hard As a Rock. The clip for "Feel the Fire" is below. You'll notice the song is catchy as hell. Of course, we all know there's no rhyme or reason why some bands hit and others just sort of fade away.

I'd love to have Hard As a Rock on CD, but I don't think that will happen. Copies of this obscure disc go for a ton of cash.

Are you familiar with Dirty Rhythm? Do you have their debut album?

Photo: Suncity Records. No copyright assumed.

Reader Comments (15)

There may not be rhyme but I'm thinking there was definitely a reason why these guys faded away. They are completely generic and unoriginal! There is nothing new here musically and the lyrics are total cheese. I do not think this has to be what represents glam. A fresh idea ...or at least a fresh delivery, and some meaningful lyrics go a long way to keeping a band relevent in years to come. It didn't happen here...
September 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike
im sure i have that album - will check later - sounded very familiar to me.
September 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred6ixx
I love Dirty Rhythm! And "Hard As A Rock" is a great disc, a lot of good songs on it.
If they came out a few years earlier, they would've had more success.
September 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Sounds like "Into The Fire" by Dokken...
September 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermom2ross
Are these guys from Portland Oregon? If so I think I saw them in a club there in 90 or 91 during the Rose Festival. I dont know if it was Dirty Rythym for sure but it looks like them. The band was showcaseing for an older lady that they were trying to get to back their recording of an album it was humerous to see what they were having to put up with but admirable to see the effort that was going into getting signed...
September 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShawn
Ive go the first cd. Its not good, Please dont compare them to Sebastian-era Skid Row ever again.
September 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
The above comments are really starting to hack me off. Every time I express my opinion - on my website - someone railroads in like they own the place. It's making me crazy.

September 30, 2008 | Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford
Allyson, you have to realize that 99 percent of us that visit this site love what you do. Just because sometimes myself and others disagree with you and make our opinions known, that doesnt mean we dont respect you or your site. You are a very open and opinionated person. And thats cool, I am too. Like you said, its YOUR site. But dont get all offended when myself or someone else disagrees and calls you out on it.

The above article is a perfect example. Comparing Dirty Rhythm, a band who isnt great, to Sebastian era Skid Row, one of the greatest rock bands ever, is going to be completely rediculous to alot of us reading. Including me.

Like I said, we love what you do. I love what you do. I visit this site more than once every single day. And I enjoy the fact that we can "argue" back and forth like adults. Thats part of the charm of your site, dear. Unfortunately sometimes we do get jackasses visiting here that just want to start fights and controversy. Buy for the most part the banter is great!

So yeah Allyson, chill out. We love ya!!
September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
It's not that you don't like the band. There are tons of bands you like that I don't - that's life. It's the countless comments "don't ever compare them to ANY BAND HERE" ever again" or "Don't ever say that again" or "Don't ever write about this band again." It makes me crazy. Just say you don't agree. Say WHY you don't agree - but don't tell me what I can and cannot say. It's bad enough I get hate mail anytime I give a band a bad live or CD review. Christ, I've even received a death threat.

If I can't write and express my opinion, I might as well die. Sure, I welcome your opinion. Just don't tell me what I can and cannot say on my personal space.

Kenny, you know by know this isn't all directed toward you. It keeps piling up...

- Allyson
September 30, 2008 | Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford
Hey, that's a good article ;)
About members of Dirty Rhythm, Jeffrey Michael Bonds and Troy Miller are now in a band called "Junkyard Dogs" ( and Brian Harrison in DirtyLittleFingers (
The two links i've put, it's french article about their new rockbands ;)
February 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAxldobby
'I can't wait' is one of the most powerful rock ballads of all time. The vocal range is amazing. Too bad a video was never done - it might have helped their career. Great Band!!!
April 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim
i would like to find out something whether it is truth or not original as i heard it in dirty rythm there was another guitarist, his name was either Richard (a.k.a. Rick) Perkins, or Rick Kemp a friend of mine told ,me this and i would like to find out if there was any truth to it
January 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjames L hall
you guys are all fuckin idiots.
this band blows Skid Row out of the fuckin water
but i guess it wasnt "main stream" enough for you.
your all posers that think if it wasnt on MTV it wasnt good. Maybe you should know what your talking about before you just post up negative shit. and let me guess... none of you people are in bands?..
February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBenny
I'm with Benny... If they want to talk, they must be in a band, with deep lyrics, with big musicians, with fame, with a handsome an powerful singer. But the reality is another, the speak all that negative bullshit. Just like says that Whitesnake's song: Easier said that done... If you want to say something bad about these guys that worked so hard for our lovely music, please, first, PLAY BETTER MUSIC!
Thanks for keep good rock alive, Allyson :)
June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Yep, we are all old furts now. So I understand negative comments on this band ;)

BUT if you get back in time, to the 90's and remind you about times like you was looking hungry at every chick, freedom was in the air and you was yelling to the world what you think about it...

I personally think that the band sounds very fresh, has reckless energy, like one have, if he's going to a rock party. What else do ya need? :):):)
June 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMet All

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