Review - Copycat Killers

Artist: Cobra Verde

Copycat Killers
Label: Scat
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Copycat Killers

I would have thought a gimmick record would be beneath John Petkovic, the creative engine who made Cobra Verde a fascinating rock & roll force for years. Well, not only does Copycat Killers abandon the concept of original material, it also abandons much of CV's raw recklessness. What's been substituted is a slickly recorded and deeply ironic album of covers that almost gets buried in meta-smartness. It's front-loaded with a clutch of genre-switched versions – "Get the Party Started" (laissez-faire rock) "I Feel Love" (sans orgasm and disco beat, but with a très-glitchy bass line) and "Temptation" (which sounds like Bernard Sumner fronting The Hollies) – and chuckles abound from the onset; but just when the joke should be over, you realize that Copycat Killers is surprisingly excellent. Sure, he manages to make a Leonard Cohen song sound like a Neil Diamond song and he sucks all the energy out of "Teenage Kicks," but somehow, by pulling the best parts from these songs (most often their hooks) and experimenting with them sonically and thematically, Petkovic has made a monster of a pop record that's far from gimmicky.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.