Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Splitting the Difference # 4 - Cobra Verde/Ether Net 7" (1995, Carcrash)

Not only are the songs covered on this single pretty darn hip, both participants even go to the trouble of convincingly mocking the respective original album art from which the tunes were drawn from! "The Great Dominions," redone by Cobra Verde appeared on the Teardrop Explodes' Wilder album; Ether Net take to task Echo and the Bunnymen's "Lips Like Sugar" from their eponymous 1987 album. Ether Net's carefully coiffed hairstyles are an almost perfect mimic of the ones graced by Ian McCulloch & Co. on said Echo's record, in all it's pale gray glory, while Cobra Verde recreates the hand gesture of the original Teardrop sleeve to a fault, but doesn't quite carry the font over (a minor quibble, I know). Even Billboard magazine had something to say about this record.

Ether Net's spin on "Lips..." is a tad prolonged, but the replication is respectfully faithful. I enjoy the Teardrop Explodes, but "...Dominions" isn't a particular favorite of mine. Nevertheless, Ohio's intermittent but long-running Cobra Verde apply a sort of grandeur to the song, much in league with Julian Cope and Co's original 'magic.' You are welcome to download the Teardrop's early singles compilation, Piano here.

A. Ether Net - Lips Like Sugar
B. Cobra Verde - The Great Dominions


zoouncaged said...

Cool. Thanks, brother.

spavid said...

The link has been updated.