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Viva La Muerte CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 60117650
UPC: 753417003620
UPC 14: 00753417003620
Release Date: 7/5/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Was It Good ~ Cobra Verde
2. Gimmie Your Heart ~ Cobra Verde
3. Montenegro ~ Cobra Verde
4. Despair ~ Cobra Verde
5. Debt ~ Cobra Verde
6. Already Dead ~ Cobra Verde
7. Until The Killing Time ~ Cobra Verde
8. I Thought You Knew (What Pleasure Was) ~ Cobra Verde
9. Cease To Exist ~ Cobra Verde

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Cobra Verde: John Petkovic (vocals, guitar); Doug Gillard (guitar); Don Depew (bass); Dave Swanson (drums).
Muze PNote Personnel: Doug Gillard (vocals, guitar, electric piano); Dave Swanson (vocals, guitar, drums, percussion); John Petkovic (vocals, guitar); Don Depew (guitar, piano).
Muze PNote Recording information: 609 Recoding.
Muze PNote Arising from the ashes of Cleveland's beloved '80s avant-glam weirdos Death of Samantha, Cobra Verde distilled their previous band's union of classic glam rock and the art-damaged punk of Pere Ubu and the Fall on this 1994 debut, VIVA LA MUERTE. With equal parts intellect, arty nerve, and straight-up rock-&-roll brutishness, frontman John Petkovic leads the swaggering unit through nine riffy rave-ups (like the opening one-two punch of "Was It Good" and "Gimme Your Heart") that still manage to satiate the band's inner pop jones (the sunny "Montenegro"). The whole album cooks and provides ample justification for Rob Pollard's casting them as Guided By Voices for the MAG EARWHIG album.

Producer: Cobra Verde

Engineer: Don Depew

Artist Overview

Born from the ashes of '80s indie band Death of Samantha, Cleveland's Cobra Verde gild their rust belt rock with several coats of glitter. Led by singer John Petkovic, the band has been putting an arty twist on meat-and-potatoes bar rock since the release of their 1993 debut, VIVA LA MUERTE. While never achieving a tremendous amount of commercial success, the members of Cobra Verde have had their various brushes with fame, including briefly working as the backing band for Robert Pollard in Guided By Voices and appearing on the short-lived teen drama the O.C. as a Foreigner cover band. Regardless of mainstream acceptance (one way or the other), Cobra Verde continued to release compelling albums into the 2000s, providing a rough-and-tumble version of Roxy Music-style art rock for the new millennium.

Associated Artists and Works

Guided By Voices

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/12/1994
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1994
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 36
Music Label Name Label : Scat
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00753417003620

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.174)
- " [the]...fine, provocative Cleveland-rock tradition: brooding glam coated in smokestack grime, DIAMOND DOGS sabotaged by `Final Solution'-era Pere Ubu."

Alternative Press (9/94, p.66)
- "...they love to rub against the better end of `70s rock worship....this band may be the most logical heir to the Peter Laughner-era Pere Ubu to happen along yet..."

Option (11-12/94, p.107)
- "...With their pushy beats, thick textures and honestly displayed melodies, the band never sounds defeated or depressed but actually works the music against the words to memorably lively effect..."

NME (Magazine)
(11/5/94, p.48)
- 7 - Very Good - "...skip merrily between Girls Against Boys style noise into bizarre Television style ballads..."

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