Friday, September 19, 2008

Deep in a Funnel of Love

When Long Gone John sold Sympathy for the Record Industry in 2007, he left stranded an odds-and-sods compilation of early Detroit Cobras material that was to be called Lost and Found. See the original cover here.

The songs finally found a home this year on Munster Records, under the title Original Recordings 1995-1997. The Cobras' first three singles are featured, as well as a number of unreleased songs from the band's beginnings a decade ago. The good news for Cobras fans and vinyl junkies is that you can buy it as a box set of 7" singles, or as a double LP (as well as on CD and at iTunes). Insound carries the vinyl versions.

On Lost and Found the Detroit Cobras cover the Kinks, Mick Farren and the Deviants, and Wanda Jackson's immortal rockabilly classic, "Funnel of Love". "Funnel" was written by a Nashville session musician named Charlie McCoy (who has worked with everyone from Elvis Presley to Bob Dylan and Ween). "Funnel" has been covered by the Cramps and several of their offspring (the Panther Burns, the Demented Are Go, and SCOTS); as well as Mike Ness, Rosie Flores, and others. WFMU posted a tone-deaf version. Here today are the original recording, the newly-released Detroit Cobras version, and my own favorite version by the Jody Grind. It gets me weak in the knees, and my poor old head starts a-reeling.

Wanda Jackson: Funnel of Love

Detroit Cobras: Funnel of Love

Jody Grind: Funnel of Love


At 10/03/2008 11:06 AM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

Wanda has been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, and her recording of "Funnel of Love" appears on the soundtrack for Guy Ritchie's new movie, "RocknRolla".

At 12/04/2008 4:07 PM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

If you've read this far, you might be interested to know that the Detroit Cobras' "Original Recordings" is now available on eMusic. Mark E. Smith and the Fall started performing their own version of "Funnel of Love" in concert this past month (11/2008).


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