Dirty Looks (band)

Dirty Looks (band)

Henrik Ostergaard performing in 2009
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Hard rock
Years active 1984–1996
Labels Atlantic Records, FNA Records, Sony/Rockworld, Mirror Records, BH Records, Shrapnel Records, Sticky Records, Perris Records
Scott Parmenter (guitars)
Bill Daily (drums)
Past members
Jack Pyers (bass)
Paul Lidel (guitars)
Gene Barnett (drums)
Greg Pianka (bass)(deceased)[1]
Henrik Ostergaard (lead vocals/guitars)(deceased)

Dirty Looks was a American hard rock band from San Francisco, California.



Originally from the Erie, Pennsylvania cover-band Crossfire, the Danish born vocalist/guitarist Henrik Ostergaard and fellow Crossfire band-mate and bassist Jimmy Chartley traveled to San Francisco to form Dirty Looks in 1984. Fellow Crossfire bandmate Boyd Baker joined them a year later.

While in California and upon their return home to Philadelphia, the group had a revolving door membership, yet released an EP and three independent albums before Atlantic Records offered them a recording contract. For their major label debut, Dirty Looks consisted of Paul Lidel (guitar), Jack Pyers (bass) and Gene Barnett (drums). The resulting album, Cool From The Wire, entered the Billboard chart, while getting substantial airplay on MTV for their video for the song "Oh Ruby".

For the follow-up album, there were conflicts with their original record producer Beau Hill, and the original recordings for Turn Of The Screw were scrapped, but the re-worked album would be the group's most successful release reaching higher on the Billboard chart.

Their album of outtakes, Bootlegs was released in 1991, then the group broke up in 1993 following the release of Five Easy Pieces with Ostergaard forming Rumbledog, Lidel hooking up with Dangerous Toys (and later Broken Teeth and Adrenaline Factor, his current project) and bassist Brian Perry resurfacing in Jake E. Lee's Wicked Alliance, and Prong.

Ostergaard began recording under the Dirty Looks moniker again in 1994, to record the Chewing On The Bit album. Then he worked with Rumbledog again, releasing an album in 1995 with bassist Jassen Wilber, drummer Ron Sutton, guitarist Mike Ondrusek and guitarist Mike Smith. Ostergaard put out two releases as Dirty Looks in 1996.

With the personnel above, minus Ondrusek and adding singer Gabriel Scott Robison, Ostergaard took a back seat in the vocal department and formed the Burning Orange project who released an album splitting up in 1996. After that, Ostergaard retired from the music industry to focus on family life. In early 2007, Ostergaard nearly died from alcohol poisoning.

According to their Myspace page,[2] Dirty Looks reformed in 2007, and released a new album, Gasoline. Two more studio albums were released in 2008; Superdeluxe and Cailfornia Free Ride.

At the end of 2009 Dirty Looks signed with the Nashville, Tennessee based label, FNA Records. In 2010 they re-released three albums.

On February 5, 2010, bassist Greg Pianka was stabbed to death in a bar brawl.

Henrik Ostergaard died, at the age of 47, on January 27, 2011.[3] The Erie County, Pennsylvania coroner stated that he had died of liver failure while under hospice care. He was survived by his two sons, Henrik Jr. and Elliott.


  • Dirty Looks EP (1984)
  • Dirty Looks (1984)
  • In Your Face (1986)
  • I Want More (1987)
  • Cool From The Wire (1988)
  • Turn Of The Screw (1989)
  • Bootlegs (1991)
  • Five Easy Pieces (1992)
  • Chewing On The Bit (1994)
  • One Bad Leg (1994)
  • Rip It Out! (1996)
  • Slave To The Machine (1996)
  • Gasoline (2007)
  • Superdeluxe (2008)
  • California Free Ride (2008)
  • Slave To The Machine - re-issue remastered (2009)
  • The Worst Of Dirty Looks (2009)
  • Dirty Looks EP - re-issue remastered (2010)
  • In Your Face - re-issue remastered (2010)
  • I Want More - re-issue remastered (2010)
  • I.C.U. (2010)


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