Copycat Killers

Copycat Killers

by Cobra VerdeCobra Verde


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There's love for the pop and rock canons in every note Cobra Verde write, so a mirthy, clever, and well-played covers set from the Ohio combo isn't any kind of surprise. "Get the Party Started," well, gets the party started, and the oft-licensed Pink jam proves its unfailing pop mettle. Verde vocalist John Petkovic channels a particularly lecherous Greg Dulli as fuzz guitar whines in the background and the (live) percussion bumps along with smutty insistence. A run through New Order's "Temptation" isn't as successful, but the band's care in replicating the oohing backing vocals suggests that Copycat Killers is mostly about fun. Covering a song called "Underpants" (originally by Cleveland punk heroes the Easter Monkeys) suggests that, too. Cobra Verde add handclaps and sighing harmonies to the Undertones' "Teenage Kicks," reinterpret the Stones' "Play With Fire" as a moody cabaret piece, and make Hawkwind's banned acid rock head-trip "Urban Guerilla" sound like it should have always been a vintage Motown stomper. You got time to bring it down! Other Copycat Killers highlights: the space-disco workover of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" that begs for a DFA remix, and Mott the Hoople's "Rock and Roll Queen" played as straight and ragged as the barroom anthem it always will be.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: Scat Records
UPC: 0753417007420
catalogNumber: 74
Rank: 170952

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cobra Verde   Primary Artist
Ralph Carney   Flute,Trumpet,Saxophone
John Petkovic   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Mark Klein   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Don Depew   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano
Tim Parnin   Guitar,Group Member
Frank Vazzano   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Lou Vogel   Piano,Electric Piano
Marcus Esposito   Synthesizer,Piano,Trumpet

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
New Order   Composer
Donna Summer   Composer
Dave Brock   Composer
Robert Calvert   Composer
Larry Page   Composer
Giorgio Moroder   Composer
Colin Fretcher   Composer
Cyril Jordan   Composer
Roy Loney   Composer
John O'Neill   Composer
Linda Perry   Composer
Mick Ralphs   Composer
Mark E. Smith   Composer
Easter Monkeys   Composer
Rolling Stones   Composer

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