The Detroit Cobras

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The Detroit Cobras
Left to Right: Joey Mazzola, Maribel Restrepo, Nick Lucassian, Rachel Nagy, and Carol Schumacher,
The Detroit Cobras play The Santa Fe Brewing Co. in 2008
Background information
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresGarage rock
Years active1994–2022
LabelsBlack Mamba, Human Fly, Scooch Pooch, Sympathy for the Record Industry, Rough Trade, Bloodshot, Third Man Records
Associated actsBig Chief, The Black Crowes, Electric Six, Elvis Hitler, The Fondas, Ko and the Knockouts, Oblivians, Reigning Sound, Rocket 455, Vertical Pillows, Meg White
WebsiteOfficial website
Past membersSee Members

The Detroit Cobras were an American garage rock band from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 1994.


The Detroit Cobras signed with Sympathy for the Record Industry and released their first album, Mink, Rat or Rabbit, in 1998.[1] 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[2] to sign the band. They released an EP, Seven Easy Pieces, in 2003 and their third 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[3] (who added the songs from the Seven Easy Pieces EP to the end of Baby. In April 2007, Bloodshot released the band's fourth album, Tied & True.

The band was known for multiple line-up changes. They generally had a touring line-up different from their recording line-up. Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound (aka Greg Oblivian of The Oblivians) was a constant creative force along with Rachel Nagy and Mary Ramirez, who were around from the group's genesis.

In the summer of 2008, The Detroit Cobras went on tour in support of X on their 13x31 tour. For the summer of 2009, The Detroit Cobras headlined a tour with the Dex Romweber Duo in support.

Nagy died in January 2022.[4][5]


Final line-up[edit]

Former members[edit]


Albums and EPs[edit]



  • "Over to My House" / "Down in Louisiana" - vinyl 7" (1996, Black Mamba)
  • "Village of Love" - vinyl 7" (1996, Human Fly)
  • "Ain't It a Shame" / "Slum Lord" - vinyl 7" (1996, Scooch Pooch)
  • "Cha Cha Twist" / "Hey Sailor" - vinyl 7" (2004, Rough Trade, RTRADS189)
  • "Cha Cha Twist" / "The Real Thing" / video of "Cha Cha Twist" - Enhanced CD,(2004, Rough Trade, RTRADSCD189)
  • "Cha Cha Twist" - promo CD, (2004, Rough Trade, RTRADSCDP189 - cover Transcript: "Detroit Cobras, Live at Ulu, Wed 8th Sept")
  • "Ya Ya Ya (Looking for My Baby)" / "As Long As I Have You" - vinyl 7" (2008, Stag-O-Lee)
  • "Feel Good" - digital single (2015, iTunes)
  • "What More" / "I Can't Go Back" - vinyl 7" - digital single (2018, Third Man Records, TMR579)


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "The Detroit Cobras". Allmusic. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Detroit Cobras". Rough Trade Records. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  3. ^ "The Detroit Cobras". Bloodshot Records. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  4. ^ Cocoran, Nina (16 January 2022). "The Detroit Cobras' Rachel Nagy Has Died". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  5. ^ Nikhil, Nikita. "Rachel Nagy death: Internet crushed as Detroit Cobras announce loss of "beloved friend"". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 2022-01-18.

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