Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Where did you go, Cobra?

New video for Cobra Starship's "You Make Me Feel" and... well...


It's a generic pop dance hit, but there's nothing super special about it and I don't think it will take off. The band is gone. Sure, Nate and Alex and Ryland and Victoria appear, but mainly towards the end and not much, and the video isn't fun. Cobra was always laughing at something, making a joke, playing on something. That was what they did. There were Spanish lyrics and tongue in cheek moments and ridiculous caricatures to make you laugh. Sure, I saw the Santi reference, and yeah, I saw Guy Ripley, but what happened to them just playing around with their friends? This is polished up to try and be a radio hit with a girl in shorts and flashy lights and it looks just like the video they did for "Good Girls Go Bad" but without the humor and narrative.

I'm afraid they've stopped having fun and along the way lost what made them special. I think they're trying to make what they think will sell, what the radios want to hear. And if this is truly the music they want to be making, then fine, but I don't think that's the case at all. Their music used to be about living however you wanted, doing whatever you wanted and causing a ruckus and dancing and screaming and telling everyone else to fuck off. There were psychedelic snakes and plays on Hollywood and gang signs and synchronized dances. They built a community, a family, and they were just friends hanging out and leading the way.

Dear Cobra, go back to writing songs that you love and not giving a shit. Please.

1 comment:

kashif said...

Very nice about song writing and techniques to perform the task.