Eddy Detroit: Street Of Dreams Single & Ghetto Cafe EP

Title: Street of Dreams & Ghetto Cafe

Basics: Detroit sent us both a 2-song Street of Dreams CD single, if you will, as well as Ghetto Cafe, a 6-song album/EP. The former is from 2010, the latter 2009. Detroit has quite a history in Phoenix - a quick bio on Last.fm reveals this: 

Elusive, exotic rock artist. Collaborated with Sun City Girls' Alan+Richard Bishop on the album 'Immortal Gods' and it is now considered a cult classic. He self released Immortal Gods and another album on his own Pan Records, his final album 'Jungle Captive' was released on Majora in 1997. His records are increasingly hard to find, but he is believed to still be playing today. 

Oh he is still playing today, and his music is just as quirky and irreverent as it ever was.

Best Song: "Street Of Dreams" best encapsulates what it is Eddy Detroit does best. For reference, the listing on the CD Detroit sent in goes a such: 

Mandolin & Vocals -- Eddy Detroit
Guitar -- Carl Gregory
Saw -- Bob Sandstedt

Yes, there is someone playing the saw on the song -- hell, you can hear it warbling about ten seconds into the song. The saw fits the song's jangly mandolin and Detroit's stark, folk-inspired vocals perfectly. The song describes the street which Detroit lives on -- his "street of dreams." He then manages to rhyme "heroin dealer" with "psychic healer" in describing just who it is that lives on Detroit's street. "Street Of Dreams" is bleak, quirky, funky and frightening all at once. It's a perfect testament to the type of music made famous by Eddy Detroit.

Resale Concert Tickets

Powered By
powered by Seats For Everyone SEE MORE

  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 / 7:00pm @ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1326 W. Mcdowell Rd Phoenix AZ 85007
    1326 W. Mcdowell Rd, Phoenix AZ 85007

  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 / 7:30pm @ Comerica Theatre 400 West Washington Street Phoenix AZ 85003
    400 West Washington Street, Phoenix AZ 85003

  • Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 / 7:30pm @ Music Hall At Valley Bar 130 N. Central Ave Phoenix AZ 85004
    130 N. Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85004
Worst Song: Some of the tracks on Ghetto Cafe tend to be a bit too bland and one-sided, unfortunately. "Homeless Crowd" just so happens to be the first example of one of these tracks. It follows the same plain, boring song structure with an ultra-repetitive chorus. The song is a grand social commentary on the homeless situation in Phoenix, I understand that. However, Detroit didn't have to sacrifice the charming element of his music to do so. As well, the songs on Ghetto Cafe sound decidedly more rough and unfinished than those on the Street of Dreams single.

Suggestions: There seems to be quite the demand for Eddy Detroit's earlier work in the Phoenix underground music scene from the early 1980s. To have such a following towards material that was release some 29 years ago is pretty incredible, but listening to Detroit's music, I can understand why. I suppose making that music readily available would make lots of people very happy, however I don't quite know how easy a task that may be.

Grade: B

Bonus Video: Please to enjoy the video for Eddy Detroit's "Street Of Dreams:"

If you're a musician from the Phoenix metro area and would like to have your music reviewed in You Asked For It (our first-come, first-served and often harsh record review column) please send it in an envelope marked "YAFI" to:

Michael Lopez
You Asked For It
c/o Phoenix New Times
1201 E. Jefferson Street Phoenix, AZ 85034

Follow us on Twitter and friend us on Facebook

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >