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The Detroit Cobras are an American garage rock band from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 1994. They signed with Sympathy for the Record Industry and released their first full-length album, Mink, Rat or Rabbit, in 1998. After a three-year gap, they released a second album, Life, Love and Leaving. The two albums consisted entirely of cover versions of popular songs from the 1960s. Their retro-garage rock formula proved popular in the UK and prompted the London-based Rough Trade Records to sign the band. They released an EP, Seven Easy Pieces, in 2003 and their third full-length album, Baby, in 2004. Baby broke with the Cobras' tradition in that it included one original song, "Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)". Baby was picked up for release in the US by Bloodshot (who added the songs from the Seven Easy Pieces EP to the end of Baby. In April 2007, Bloodshot released the band's fourth full-length, Tied & True.

The band is known for multiple lineup changes. They generally have a touring lineup different from their recording lineup. Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound (aka Greg Oblivian of The Oblivians) has been a constant creative force along with Nagy and Ramirez, who have been around since the group's genesis....(Read more

Links to Peel

During early airplay of the Cobras' second LP, John commented:

"This is I'm afraid an LP that you do have to have. I don't often say that but it really is the case. If you don't, people will point at you in the street and laugh."

He would visit the album repeatedly: on 13 June 2001 he said of Right Around The Corner:

"That is just fantastic, isn't it? Sometimes you forget that records can be as straightforward as that. In fact I think we deserve to hear that again." After doing so, he added, "Absolutely amazing, I just love that. And there's a better track on there to come, I'm tempted to play it to you now but it will come up next Wednesday the way I'm progressing at the moment... I may yield to temptation before the end of the programme though."

As can be seen below, he did in fact yield to temptation, spinning the very track that would give the band their only Festive Fifty entry. In 2004, he would refer to the album as "the LP that you really should have...one of a very very small handful of records of which I can genuinely say that there isn't a single bad track on there."

JP recommended their LP Seven Easy Pieces for the February 2003 (Peel's Record Box).

Festive Fifty Entries

Sessions

  • The Detroit Cobras - Peel Session 2004

    The Detroit Cobras - Peel Session 2004

    Two sessions, no known commercial releases, no repeats.

1. Recorded: 2003-02-13. First broadcast: 11 March 2003.

  • C'Mon Over To My House / Bad Girl / I'll Keep Holding On / Village Of Love

2. Recorded: 2004-09-09. First broadcast: 14 September 2004.

  • Hey Sailor / Hot Dog / Fall / Tonight

Other Shows Played

1996
  • 21 December 1996: 'Ain't It A Shame (Compilation CD-Their Original Sins)' (Scooch Pooch)
2001
  • Detroit Cobras - Shout Bama Lama

    Detroit Cobras - Shout Bama Lama

    22 May 2001: Hey Sailor (LP - Life Love & Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 22 May 2001: Shout Bama Lama (LP - Life Love and Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry Records
  • 23 May 2001: He Did It (CD - Life Love & Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 24 May 2001: Find Me a Home (CD - Life Love & Leaving) Sympathy for the rec
  • 29 May 2001: Oh! My Lover (LP - Life, Love & Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 30 May 2001: Cry On (LP - Life, Love & Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry JP: (JP: 'Well that's one record that's going to be on the car CD player when we drive down to Barcelona in a week or so's time.')
  • 31 May 2001 (Radio Eins): He Did It (CD - Life Love & Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 05 June 2001: Bye Bye Baby (CD - Life, Love & Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 06 June 2001: 'Boss Lady (CD-Life, Love & Leaving)' (Sympathy For The Record Industry)
  • 07 June 2001: Laughing At You (CD - Life Love & Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 07 June 2001 (Radio Eins): Bye Bye Baby
  • 10 June 2001 (BBC World Service): Hey Sailor (LP - Life, Love And Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 12 June 2001: Can't Miss Nothing (CD: Life Love & Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 13 June 2001: Right Around The Corner (CD - Life Love and Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry Records played twice
  • 13 June 2001: Shout Bama Lama (CD - Life Love and Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry Records
  • 14 June 2001: Won't You Dance With Me (CD: Life Love & Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 14 June 2001 (Radio Eins): Right Around The Corner
  • 19 June 2001: Let's Forget About The Past (CD - Life, Love and Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 20 June 2001: Shout Bama Lama (LP-Life Love & Leaving) (Sympathy for the Record Industry) (JP: 'That is so WIDE!')
  • 21 June 2001 (Radio Eins): Bye Bye Baby
  • 24 June 2001 (BBC World Service): Right Around The Corner (LP - Life, Love And Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 01 July 2001 (BBC World Service): Shout Bama Lama (album - Life, Love And Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 05 July 2001: Right Around The Corner (CD - Life, Love and Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 05 July 2001 (Radio Eins): Shout Bama Lama (CD - Life Love and Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry Records
  • 11 July 2001: Shout Bama Lama (CD - Life Love and Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry Records
  • 12 July 2001 (Radio Eins): Dance With Me
  • 25 July 2001: Shout Bama Lama (LP - Life Love And Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 23 August 2001 (Radio Eins): Shout Bama Lama (LP - Life Love And Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 05 September 2001: Laughing At You (LP - Life, Love and Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 08 November 2001: Shout Bama Lama (LP - Life Love And Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry
  • 27 December 2001: Shout Bama Lama (LP - Life Love And Leaving) Sympathy For The Record Industry 2001 Festive Fifty #15
2002
2003
2004

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