Tusk Festival Sage Gateshead 2016
US underground legend Eddy Detroit has been everywhere, from witnessing the debut show by the Iguanas (Iggy Pop’s pre-Stooges band) to touring with the Meat Puppets and collaborating with TUSK favourites, Sun City Girls.
A cult outsider with little interest in profile raising and a criminally meager discography for someone active for half a century, the recent retrospective collection Shock-A-Lock-A-Lickum on Hisham Mayet’s Assophone label affirms that quality trumps quantity every time. There’s a dreamy, dazed feel to Eddy’s music that blends wake-and-bake psychedelia, wandering minstrel folk and dead-end punk rock.
A 2011 interview in the Phoenix New Times perhaps explains his limited, if essential, output: “Eddy Detroit walks slowly and talks fast. Both qualities are easy to account for. At 59, his body is worn from years of psychedelic experimentation, S&M sex, and a mix of what he describes as Karmic retribution and ailments passed down through his Lebanese heritage.”
Eddy already knows he’s a legend though, he’s just waiting for the rest of us to catch up with him.