Friday, 4 July 2008

The Detroit Cobras

One of the earliest groups to emerge from the Detroit garage rock scene, the Detroit Cobras developed a reputation as the Midwest's finest (and most distinctive) cover band -- while the bandmembers devoted themselves to performing other people's material rather than recycling established hits, the Detroit Cobras dug deep into the well of vintage R&B and primitive rock & roll sides, building an individual identity out of lost classics from the past which they modified to fit their swaggering aural personality. The Detroit Cobras were formed in 1995 by Steve Shaw, who developed a taste for classic R&B from spending time with Alex Chilton, whom he met through his friends in Detroit primitives the Gories. The first edition of the Detroit Cobras featured former exotic dancer Rachel Nagy on vocals, Shaw and Maribel Restrepo (ex-Vertical Pillows) on guitars, Jeff Meier (from Rocket 455) on bass, and Vic Hill on drums, and they released their first 7" in 1996.
In what would prove to be the first in a long line of personal changes, Hill was replaced by Chris Fachini by the time the Cobras released their third single (which also hit the stores in 1996), and their debut LP, "Mink Rat or Rabbit", featured a third timekeeper, Damian Lang (who'd worked with
Snake Out and Elvis Hitler). During the three years that passed before the Detroit Cobras appeared on the Jack White-produced compilation "Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit", founder Shaw left the band, with Dante Aliano stepping in on guitar and Rob Smith taking over on bass. Rachel Nagy's tough but soulful vocals and Maribel Restrepo's lean, muscular guitar lines would be the group's only constants from this point on, though they would be enough to earn the group a potent following on the American garage scene and a major buzz in the United Kingdom, where they scored a deal with the fabled indie label Rough Trade, which released 2001's "Life, Love and Leaving" in Great Britain (it appeared on Sympathy for the Record Industry in the United States). (That LP also featured new guy Eddie Hawrsh on bass.)
While veteran tunesmiths Ellie Greenwich and Jackie DeShannon expressed interest in writing material with the group, the fourth Cobras album, 2004's "Baby", once again featured them rocking out on a stack of R&B dusties, though Greg Cartwright, who helped produce the album, did co-write an original with Nagy and Restrepo, "Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)." The album also documented another Cobras lineup, with Nagy and Restrepo joined by Steve Nawara on guitar, Joe Mazzola on bass, and Kenny Tudrick on drums. After a brief hiatus and a move to Bloodshot Records, the Phil Spector-influenced "Tried & True" was released in 2007 with yet another rotation of musicians -- reintroducing Greg Cartwright and adding seasoned bassist Carol Schumacher, a fellow member of the Reigning Sound, to the ever-changing roster.

~ Mark Deming, All Music Guide

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Mink Rat or Rabbit (1998)

1. Cha Cha Twist
2. I'll Keep Holding On

3. Putty (in Your Hands)

4. Easier to Cry

5. Bad Girl

6. Slummer (the Slum)

7. Midnight Blues

8. You Knows What to Do

9. Can't Do Without You

10. Hittin' on Nothing

11. Out of This World


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Life, Love and Leaving (2001)

1. Hey Sailor
2. He Did It

3. Find Me a Home
4. Oh My Lover

5. Cry On

6. Stupidity

7. Bye Bye Baby
8. Biss Lady

9. Laughing at You

10. Can't Miss Nothing

11. Right Around the Corner

12. Won't You Dance With Me

13. Let's Forget About the Past

14. Shout Bama Lama


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Seven Easy Pieces EP (2003)

1. Ya Ya Ya
2. Secret Agent
3. Heartbeat
4. You Don't Knock
5. Silver and Gold
6. 99 and a Half Won't Do
7. Insane Asylum

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Baby (2005)

1. Slippin' Around
2. I Wanna Holler (but the Town's Too Small)

3. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand

4. Weak Spot

5. Everybody's Going Wild

6. Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)

7. Mean Man

8. Now You're Gone
9. It's Raining

10. Just Can't Please You

11. The Real Thing

12. Baby Help Me

13. Cha Cha Twist

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Tied & True (2007)

1. As Long as I Have You
2. Nothing but a Headache
3. (If You Don't Think) You Better Change
4. Leave My Kitten Alone
5. (I Wanna Know) What's Going On
6. Try Love
7. You'll Never Change
8. Puppet on a String
9. Only to Other People
10. The Hurt's All Gone
11. It's My Delight
12. On a Monday
13. Green Light


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

So how about posting some Vertical Pillows music? That's when I first met Mary, decades ago. Rob Tyner produced their debut single, but that seems to have escaped notice by you.

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