Last Saturday afternoon, after grocery shopping, we headed over to the St. George Library. While driving, we listened to the radio rock & roll; specifically, WFMU. As I was parking on Hyatt Street, the Saturday afternoon radio chick announced that the last cut was by a band with the moniker Detroit Cobras. As I stepped around the car to feed the meter, an empty can of King Cobra malt liquor lay dead there in the gutter. Inside the library, I perused the sale book section. One caught my eye–a novel called “The Dead Circus.” I read the description inside the front cover. It was about a gritty L.A. cop investigating the strange death of rockabilly Bobby Fuller
(”I Fought the Law“) and possible connections to the Manson Family*. At the Pathmark about 15 minutes earlier, they had played “I Fought the Law” on their sound system.
*Oh, and by the way, Doris Day's son Terry Melcher who hung out with the Manson clan had a minor surf hit called "Hey, Little Cobra."