The Detroit Cobras are one of the most original cover bands out there. Although the phrase "original cover band" sounds like an oxymoron, it fits for this band. The Cobras perform standards from the rich vaults of Motown, soul and 50's rock & roll. While most cover bands attempt to re-create the original, The Cobras take material from the past and build new, fresh versions. The result is a sound that's reminiscent of rock & roll roots, yet still full of innovation and garage rock energy. To hear for yourself, take a listen to their versions of Otis Redding's "Shout Bama Lama" or Mary Wells' "Bye Bye Baby."

The Detroit Cobras signed to Sympathy for the Record Industry and released their first full length in 1998. They followed up with 2001's Life, Love & Leaving and drew notable enthusiasm from the NYC and London scenes. Their retro garage rock formula has proven popular in the UK and prompted the London-based Rough Trade Records to take on the band. The label released a seven-track EP in October of 2003. --Ryan Sult

Good band