You’d recognize them for making rhythm and blues with a flavor of Garage and for picking the finest cover songs from the sixties to make their own blend of music. the first two albums of The Detroit Cobras were an ode to musicians like Mickey Lee Lane, Otis Redding and Davis & Jones And The Fenders. We are looking back at the second album of the Detroit Cobras ” Life, Love and Leaving”, released 1 May 2001
Detroit Cobras – Shout Bama Lama
Garage Rock ‘N Roll from Detroit, Michigan
Formed in 1994 in Detroit Michigan, The Detroit Cobras are a band that knows how to complement song with the juicy Rock ‘N Roll flavor. Over the last Twenty years, the band released five studio albums.
Shout Bama Lama
” Shout Bama Lama” is a fine song which features some good old’ piano tunes. Originally recorded by Otis Redding and the & the Pinetoppers, this is a true rhythm and soul song. The Detroit Cobras kept the main structure but added some guitar violence.
Otis Redding & the Pinetoppers – Shout Bamalama
“Hey Sailor” is the opening song of ” Life, Love and Leaving” and contains a steady rock ‘n roll guitar riff, powerful drums, but above all the vocals and lyrics really make this song. The catchy chorus does it! Overall this song is very powerful. It was originally recorded by Mickey Lee Lane in 1965. Mickey Lee’s version got a more soul and funk approach and was named “Hey Sah-Lo-Ney”
The Detroit Cobras – Hey Sailor
Mickey Lee Lane – Hey Sah-Lo-Ney
Boss with the Hot Sauce
“Boss Lady” stands out for its beautiful melody and catchy verses. Davis Jones & the Fenders recorded this song originally. The Davis Jones version is a funky version which builds up staccato. Cool about The Detroit Cobras’ version is the laid back vocals which let the song really flow.
Life, Love and Leaving, released by Rough Trade Records in 2001 is a fantastic piece of soul revival by the Detroit Cobras. On this album you’ll find also other beautiful songs from artists like Solomon Burke, Irma Thomas and Clyde Mc Phatter.
The Detroit Cobras – Boss Lady
Davis & Jones And The Fenders – Boss With The Hot Sauce