Sunday, February 11, 2007

I'll Cry

Song: I'll Cry
Artist: Reigning Sound
Written: Greg Cartwright

Year : 2004
Album/Single: Too Much Guitar


Cobra's Version
Song: Tonight

Released: Never
Album:
Peel Sessions 09.14.2004

A little change up for this week's post - it was never released by the Cobras. They did perform it during their second Peel Session, September 14th, 2004.
Rumor has it that the Cobra's took a shot at recording this in the studio as well but weren't happy with the results. I find that hard to believe since they nailed it on Peel.

The Reigning Sound have quite a few ties with the Cobra's. The founding member, Greg Cartwright, was a member of the Oblivians, whose song, "Bad Man" was covered by the Cobra's as "Bad Girl". Greg Cartwright also co-wrote "Hot Dog" with Rachel & Mary. Carol Schumacher, the Cobra's current bassist, was also a member of Reigning Sound.

Lyrics:
I saw you out on there on the dancing floor
You were romancing with another boy
Now don't you call and say you'll be my friend
In fact, don't you ever call me again, all right


Now don't you hand me no apology
'cause they don't mean a damn thing to me

I'm hurting, baby, can't you see

Tonight, I'll cry, tonight
I'll cry, tonight, baby I'll cry

You think he'll love you like I once did
Oh baby who are you trying to kid?
And when you realize what you have done
Oh baby, I'll have some fun, tonight

Now don't you hand me no apology

'c
ause they don't mean a damn thing to me
I'm hurting, baby, can't you see

Tonight, I'll cry, tonight
I'll cry, tonight, baby I'll cry


When you said you'd never let me go

then you turned around and hurt me so
Well you said you never set me free
Oh baby I guess some things got to be

I saw you out on there on the dancing floor
You were romancing with another boy

Now don't you call and say you'll be my friend
In fact, don't you ever call me again, all right

Now don't you hand me no apology
'c
ause they don't mean a damn thing to me
I'm hurting, baby, can't you see

Tonight, I'll cry, tonight
I'll cry, tonight, baby I'll cry

I'll cry, tonight, baby I'll cry
I'll cry, tonight, baby I'll cry

Musically, both versions are similar. I have to give the edge to the Cobra's version, if only for the call and response during the chorus. When I first heard it I assumed it was a lost classic from the Shangri-La's. It has that whole bad ass girl thing going on. Which is ironic, since Greg Cartwright subsequently went on to assist Mary Weiss, the lead singer from the Shangri-Las, on her solo project. Check it out for yourself on her MySpace page.

Download them now:
Reigning Sound - I'll Cry - 2004
Available on "Too Much Guitar"
Detroit Cobras - Tonite - 2004
From the Peel Sessions 09.14.2004

6 comments:

lance wille said...

"Carol Schumacher, the Cobra's current bassist, was also a member of Reigning Sound."

she's still a member of the reigning sound

joe.mares said...

Good to know - thank you.

I had the opportunity to speak to her a bit at the Cobra's last show at the Magic Stick in Detroit - she was very kind and respectful.

Does she plan on splitting her time between the two bands ?

bitter red said...

How do I contact you? I know next to nothing about blogs! I would love to see if there is a way O can download "i'll cry" from this. I can't wait for the new album!

joe.mares said...

I have corrected the links so you'll be able to download them.

can't wait for the new album either.

if you need you can drop me an e-mail at my gmail account - "otisredn"

Anonymous said...

Don't stop posting such stories. I love to read stories like that. By the way add more pics :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks!!! I had no idea Detroit Cobras covered this song!!!
It's very nice, however, sorry man, no way, Reigning Sound's version is one step ahead, Greg's vocals are no match.
Again, thanks for sharing this gem.