Since the mid-'80s, Detroit's Mick Collins has been one of leading music icons in the Motor City. His impact, and influence -- on punk and garage revival bands, in particular -- continues to spread worldwide, due to Collins' incessant touring schedule, as well as a flurry of releases by his various bands on indie labels, foreign and domestic, including In the Red, Crypt, Estrus, and Fall of Rome. Fellow Detroit musician/producer Matthew Smith (Outrageous Cherry) once called Collins "a creator of trends rather than a follower." "What's happening in Detroit right now," Smith said in 2002, "is entirely influenced by what his band the Gories were doing over a decade ago. Mick is known for his garage/punk minimalism, but he's also one of those rare musicians that doesn't see any boundaries between musical realms. His deconstructions/reconstructions of soul/rock music are the work of a very original thinker. "