Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Glorious Ladies of Rocktober Song #9: "Breakaway" by The Detroit Cobras

Yesterday, we highlighted Sweden's garage rock scene in the late '90s and early aughts, and today we highlight the only garage rock scene that outdid Sweden:  Detroit.  In the late '90s and early 2000s, bands like The White Stripes, The Von Bondies, The Dirtbombs, The Detroit Cobras, The Soledad Brothers, and Ko & The Knockouts made Detroit was the undisputed capitol of garage rock.

The Detroit Cobras were (and maybe still are?) a garage band with an oft-changing lineup, other than lead singer Rachel Nagy and guitarist Mary Ramirez.  They released four full-length albums between 1998 and 2007, and almost all of their songs are covers of relatively obscure songs from the '60s.  As a result, their music has a wonderful retro vibe, with a punkish Detroit edge.  I have several of their albums, and definitely recommend checking them out if you think you'd like '60s pop and soul with a garage rock twist.

Although I am also a pretty big fan of their versions of Davis Jones & The Fenders' "Boss Lady" and Otis Redding's "Shout Bama Lama," my favorite Detroit Cobras song is their cover of Jackie DeShannon's "Breakaway," which you may recognize because it was featured several years ago in an NFL commercial.  DeShannon's original has a girl group, Motowny pop feel to it, and The Detroit Cobras' version stays pretty true to the structure and tune, but turn it out into a frantic garage punk anthem.  It's a fantastic song and, like Sahara Hotnights' "Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's The Fight?)" from yesterday, "Breakaway" is on my running mix.

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