Friday, July 26, 2013

The Dubrovniks - "My Coo Ca Choo" 7"

The Dubrovniks – “My Coo Ca Choo” 7”
Citadel, 1988
Acquired: Love Garden Shotgun Room, Used, 2008
Price: $.25
The Dubrovniks’ are surprisingly versatile! On this 7” they tackle Alvin Stardust’s 1973 glam-rock single “My Coo Ca Choo” with aplomb and sound like T-Rex in the process. The b-side “Girls Go Maniac” blends a little of the rockabilly displayed on “If I Had a Gun” with some straight up, good time, slightly trashy, and quietly rollicking rock and roll. As with the “Fireball of Love” 7” (which was also released in 1988), the production is clean and not corny, the songs are short, replayable and fun, and while these guys don’t really blow you away with their originality, they are fantastically capable at making catchy little tunes. The extensive resumes of the members of the Dubrovniks can be found on Wikipedia, which is kind of a fun read considering that Oceanic bands tend to be incestuous and prolific (it’s also a rabbit hole to go down if you want to see if you can chart the aforementioned incestuousness of Aussie rock bands). Drummer James Baker and guitarist Raj Radalj were founding members of the Hoodoo Gurus and everyone in the band has about a hundred connections to other Australian rock bands with amazing names (The Punjabbers, Love rodeo, The Smokin’ Eldorados, The Eternal Teenagers, The Beasts of Bourbon, Spectre’s Revenge, the Surfin’ Caesers, and that’s just a few from the dudes in the 1988 line-up (the Dubrovniks’ had a few personnel changes over the years and the dudes in the band also had like five side projects a piece)).

Here's Alvin Stardust's original version of "My Coo Ca Choo." Look at that LEATHER!

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