Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Detroit Cobras
"Mink, Rat or Rabbit" (Vinyl + CD)

Released in 1998, this was the debut album from the rough-hewn Detroit garage beaters.
Part of my college musical experiences, the Cobras were part of the "local" scene of music that extended from Cincinnati up to Detroit.

The Detroit Cobras' recipe consists of recording obscure b-sides from musical artists that came before.  The tunes on this album were released originally by artists such as the Shirelles, the Shangri-Las and Charlie Rich.

The Cobras put their own grungy spin on things, but there's an irresistible rock n' roll charm to the album.  The cherry on top is vocalist Rachel Nagy's smoky growl which causes most people to raise their eyebrows when learning that yes, it is actually a girl singing.

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