Blacktop was the initial post-Gories task for Mick Collins. While like the famous garage area punk three-piece, Blacktop is really a clear progression, with regards to musicianship and songwriting skill, for Collins and can be the start of his motion towards noisier materials. The band’s audio was fuller and much more sophisticated, credited in no little part towards the addition of the bass line as well as the songwriting insight of Darin Lin Real wood (Fireworks, ’68 Return) and Alex Cuervo. While still sketching from an abundance of blues, spirit, and mod affects, Blacktop crossed into apparently new territory, actually going as far as to protect Captain Beefheart’s “Right here I Am, I USUALLY Am.” I’ve Got a Baaad Sense, their first recording, was recorded with an eight monitor in a friend’s home in Dallas and premiered in 1995. Half of the album’s songs, and several additional unreleased ones, had been put together and released in Australia as Up FOREVER. As with most of Collins’ additional tasks, Blacktop released many 7″ singles throughout it’s short career. The music group never managed to get back to the studio room, although Collins and Cuervo continued to form Ruler Sound Quartet with Tim Kerr.