Detroit Cobras: Tied and True (Shock)

 |   |  <1 min read

Detroit Cobras: Try Love
Detroit Cobras: Tied and True (Shock)

This rough'n'raw outfit from the Motor City have perfected the art of lo-fi covers of Motown r'n'b and old rock'n'roll hits, and strip them right back to the elements which I suspect are in this order; a good time, leopard skin pants, high heels and getting people up dancing.

In one sense there isn't anything to get too excited about -- they aren't like Dr Feelgood or the Stones in their clubland heyday, and are more pop than punk, more club than garage.

But they also have an infectious enthusiasm and anyone who covers obscurities such as Leave My Kitten Alone, Nothing But A Heartache and The Hurts All Gone is more than okay by me.

Imagine a soul-loving band made up (mostly) of Chrissie Hyndes taken out of the Star Club in Hamburg in '62 and dumped in a studio where they hear themselves as widescreen as Phil Spector's Spanish Harlem sound . . .

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Princess Chelsea: The Great Cybernetic Depression (Lil' Chief)

Princess Chelsea: The Great Cybernetic Depression (Lil' Chief)

The 2011 debut album Little Golden Book by Chelsea Nikell (aka Princess Chelsea) was an Elsewhere favourite for its subtle blend of coquettish and slightly childlike charm with an adult... > Read more

Jeremy Mason: Distorted Vision (self released)

Jeremy Mason: Distorted Vision (self released)

Expat Mason was bassist in the Kiwi punk band Kill the Fake Patient (2005-07) but clearly the Northern Hemisphere has blown a new wind through him: he's now an acoustic/alt.folk singer living in a... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Chris Mason-Battley Group/John Psathas; Dialogos (Rattle Jazz)

Chris Mason-Battley Group/John Psathas; Dialogos (Rattle Jazz)

In 2000, Auckland composer/saxophonist Chris Mason-Battley did something so rare In New Zealand jazz as to be almost unique: for the album Karakia he incorporated and interpreted elements of Maori... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Doors; Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Doors; Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine

Those of us who lived through what I call "the Doors Wars" of the late Sixties (I remember waking up on the floor of a Ponsonby flat to the full-volume "Father, I want to kill you,... > Read more