News & Views » Columns

Motor City Cribs



When Dave Buick bought his Woodbridge house back in 1996, the neighborhood hadn't yet become Detroit hipster-indie rock central. In his own way, Buick would help change that (as well as the entire Detroit rock 'n' roll musical landscape) by launching his Italy Records label and releasing the first two White Stripes singles in 1998.

It's no surprise then that Buick's house is overrun with great records. The former Go and Wolfman Band bassist and Young Soul Rebel Records co-owner has every great punk record you could name as well as a killer selection of vintage show posters on his walls.

What might surprise some is his house is a veritable museum of local artists. See, the musically and visually inclined Buick shows rooms painted in unique colors with walls covered in works by Davin Brainard, Dion Fischer, Nicola Kuperas, Mike Segal, Brendan Benson, Niagara and Warren Defever to name a few. This is a guy, you'll note, who was booted from the art department at Birmingham's Seaholm High School.

Maybe the biggest shocker in this two-story, 1896 home is the bloodstain that graces the dining room floor. It's left over from the woman who lived there in 1979; it's where she was murdered by her next door neighbor. The neighboring house was eventually demolished and Buick purchased the lot along with his house, which, it's pointed out, he found in the Metro Times classifieds.

The roomy manse hosted many great touring bands, such as Redd Kross, the Strokes and the Ponys (who had their own key at one point!). And the parties have been many. "A lot of good and bad ideas have been ignited in this house," Buick says with an impish smile. "Mostly good."

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.