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Singer Rachel Nagy and guitarist Mary Ramirez are the atrocious girls at the school dance, all decked up in leather and heels, secret smokes around and just killing the time. The Detroit Cobras lash out hullabaloo anthems to groovy times, delirious times, and the high and lows of love. Once you hear their music, you should just accept it and you better not mess up with it. Rachel's "warm as the bourbon under the seat of your car" voice can roar to the back benches and Mary's riffles, lets you know that in the tilt of a hip or at the end of a fist, can love and good times be established. There's retro style, and there's erstwhile gut-breaking rock and roll. The Cobras definitely fall in the latter assemblage. Singer Rachel Nagy has Courtney Love's orientation and Patsy Clines's pipes. The band is cacophonic and natural. The songs are spirited classics. The Detroit Cobras have delved deeply into the well of vintage R&B and coarse rock & roll sides, edificing an individuality of their own by retracing the lost classics from the past and modified them to fit their supercilious aural personality.
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The Detroit Cobras were established in 1995 by Steve Shaw, who formed a taste for the classical R&B from being with Alex Chilton, and developed a liking for the classics. The first version of the Detroit Cobras featured Shaw and Maribel Restrepo (ex-Vertical Pillows) on guitars, former exotic dancer Rachel Nagy on vocals, Jeff Meier (from Rocket 455) on bass, and Vic Hill on drums, and they released their first 7" in 1996. One of the earliest groups to come forth from the Detroit garage rock scene, the Detroit Cobras formed a reputation as the Midwest's finest and most emblematic coverband. The band members dedicated themselves to performing other people's material rather than recycling conventional hits. Before the Detroit Cobras appeared back on the scene, Jack White produced a compendium Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit, during the three years that passed, while founder Shaw left the band. Dante Aliano stepped in on to play guitar and Rob Smith taking over on bass. Rachel Nagy's rugged but emotional vocals and Maribel Restrepo's wispy, powerful guitar lines would be the group's strong point then on, though they would be sufficient to gain the group a influential fan following on the American garage scene followed by a major buzz in the United Kingdom, where they marked a deal with the fabled indie label Rough Trade. Veteran tunesmiths, Ellie Greenwich and Jackie DeShannon were prominently dominant in the fourth Cobras album, 2004's Baby, rocking out on a cumulation of R&B dusties. Greg Cartwright, who helped produce the album, co-wrote an original soundtrack with Nagy and Restrepo, "Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)." Another Cobras line-up, Nagy and Restrepo joined by Steve Nawara on guitar, Joe Mazzola on bass, and Kenny Tudrick on drums formulated because of the coming together for this album.