Cobra Starship hail from New York and consists of
Gabe Saporta on lead vocals, Ryland Blackinton on
guitar, Alex Suarez on bass, Nate Novarro on drums,
and Victoria Asher on keytar. The group came together
after Saporta dissolved his previous group 'Midtown'
with Novarro joining in 2005, and Suarez and
Blackinton joining in 2006. Asher replaced Elisa
Schwartz on the keytar in 2007. Corey Apar of AllMusic.com sums up the legend of the
band's name best in their biography of Cobra
Starship: "As the legend of Cobra Starship would
have it, frontman Gabe Saporta fled into the deserts
of Arizona one day to find the true meaning of his
existence away from his emo-rock band, Midtown.
Saporta spent days and nights pondering life,
mysterious lights constantly plaguing the nighttime
sky above him. One distinct night, the lights became
so mesmerizing that Gabe became catatonic and started
levitating into the air. A snake suddenly came out of
nowhere, bit his neck, and he awoke to find a talking
cobra from the future nursing his wounds. This
enigmatic cobra went on to explain the end of the
world (no salvation for anyone) and disclosed Gabe's
purpose in life to ensure that mankind went
out in style. As the cobra revealed, Gabe must
complete this 'by teaching hipsters to not take
themselves so seriously and by telling emo kids to
stop being pussies.' Hence, Cobra Starship were
born...uh, back in New York." Apar went on to
report their name is "...from words written on
the back of Saporta's favorite vintage
Cobra Starship could be heard on the
soundtrack for Snakes
On A Plane: The Album with the track "Snakes On A Plane
(Bring It)" (available for download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3). The track also features
Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, William Beckett of The
Academy Is..., and Maja Ivarsson of The
Sounds. The track was a moderate hit on the
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Cobra Starship released their debut LP While
The City Sleeps, We Rule The Streets (available for download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3). Rolling Stone said
of the LP: "...Cobra put out high-energy,
techno-fied emo songs with exhausting song
titles..." Singles from the LP included
"Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)," "The
Church Of Hot Addiction," and "Send My Love
To The Dancefloor, I'll See You In Hell (Hey Mister
Cobra Starship could be heard on the soundtrack for Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles on the track "Awww
Cobra Starship released Viva
(available for download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3). Singles from the LP included
"Guilty Pleasure," "The City Is At
War," and "Kiss My Sass."
Cobra Starship could be heard on the 2008
Warped Tour compilation with the live version of
"Prostitution Is The World's Oldest Profession
(And I, Dear Madame, Am A Professional)."
# 30 Singles
Artist of the Year
Cobra Starship hit the Top 40 for the first time with
"Good Girls Go Bad" (available for download
at iTunes and Amazon-mp3). The single features actress
Leighton Meester from the TV series Gossip Girl
and hit the Top 10 in Canada and New Zealand, and the
Top 20 in Australia.
Cobra Starship hit the Top 10 with "Good Girls Go Bad."
Cobra Starship released Hot
(available for download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3).
Cobra Starship could be heard on the soundtrack for Jennifer's
the track "Chew Me Up And Spit Me Out."
The video for "Good Girls Go Bad" was nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards including Best
Pop Video and Best Direction.
Cobra Starship hit the Top 40 with "Hot Mess" (available for download at iTunes and Amazon-mp3).
Singles Artist of the Year
Cobra Starship hit the Top 40 with "You Make Me Feel."
Cobra Starship released Night
Cobra Starship hit the Top 10 with "You Make Me Feel."
Cobra Starship hit the Top 40 with Mac Miller
with "Middle Finger."
The City Sleeps, We Rule The Streets
Released: October, 2006
Billboard peak: # 125
Tracks: "Being From Jersey Means
Never Having To Say You're Sorry" -
"Send My Love To The Dancefloor, I'll See
You In Hell (Hey Mister DJ)" - "The
Church Of Hot Addiction" - "The Kids
Are F***** Up" - "It's Warmer In The
Basement" - "Keep It Simple" -
"It's Amateur Night At The Apollo
Creed!" - "Snake On A Plane (Bring
It)" - "The Ballad Of Big Poppa And
Diamond Girl" - "Pop-Punk Is Sooooo
'05" - "You Can't Be Missed If You
Never Go Away"
Released: October, 2007
Billboard peak: # 80
Entertainment Weekly: B
Tracks: "The City Is At War" -
"Guilty Pleasure" - "One Day,
Robots Will Cry" - "Kiss My Sass"
- "Damn You Look Good And I'm Drunk
(Scandalous)" - "The World Has Its
Shine (But I Would Drop It On A Dime)" -
"Smile For The Paparazzi" -
"Angie" - "Prostitution Is The
World's Oldest Profession (And I, Dear Madame, Am
A Professional)" - "My Moves Are White
(White Hot, That Is)" - "Pleasure
Ryland" -- Import
also includes the track: "Three Times A
Released: April, 2009
Billboard peak: # 4
Tracks: "Nice Guys Finish Last"
- "Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We're
Famous" - "Good Girls Go Bad" - "Fold Your
Hands Child" - "You're Not In On The
Joke" (featuring Pete Wentz) - "Hot Mess" - "Living In The Sky
With Diamonds" - "Wet Hot Amercan
Summer" - "The Scene Is Dead; Long Live
The Scene" - "Move Like You Gonna
Die" - "The World Will Never Do"
Released: August, 2011
Tracks: "You Belong To Me" -
"You Make Me Feel" - "#1 Nite (One
Night)" - "Fool Like Me" -
"Anything For Love" - "Middle Finger" - "Don't Blame
The World, It's The DJ's Fault" -
"F***** In Love" - "Disaster
Boy" - "Shwick"
|Note: Song title and position
links lead you to the song's Top 40 chart run
(from the ARC Weekly Top 40) and LP links take you to Amazon.com for that LP (often
including track listings and sound samples).