Been on a Detroit techno kick as of late and in the process stumbled upon a couple of great Versions-worthy covers. For those slaves to the six string who have a hard time separating the “T” word from images of pacifier chomping K-soaked rave zombies or worse, Lady Gaga, need I school you on the fact that real, pure, Motor City techno is the greatest (but most sorely overlooked) contribution to African-American music since jazz or perhaps Parliament.
Arguably it’s originator is today’s tribute fodder, ‘Magic’ Juan Atkins (AKA Cybotron), and his pioneering single Cosmic Cars. Released in 1982 it was promptly filed alongside Afrika Bambaataa’s Planet Rock under “Electro” until the late 80s when it would be re-christened a proto-techno classic.
Paying homage today is fellow D-Town-ers The Dirtbombs with a great n’ dingy lo-fi garage rock cover as well as a rare (and somewhat out-of-tune) 80s funk cover by Ken Lewis.
PS Those in Thee Versions Galore Facebook Fanclub; original Cosmic Cars parked on the wall for you …