Hot Mess

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Hot Mess
Studio album by Cobra Starship
Released August 11, 2009
Genre Alternative rock, pop punk, synthpop
Length 37:24 (normal edition)
56:55 (deluxe edition)
Label Fueled by Ramen, Decaydance, Columbia
Producer Mike Caren
Cobra Starship chronology
¡Viva la Cobra!
(2007)
Hot Mess
(2009)
Night Shades
(2011)
Singles from Hot Mess
  1. "Good Girls Go Bad"
    Released: May 12, 2009
  2. "Hot Mess"
    Released: November 9, 2009
  3. "Living in the Sky with Diamonds[1]"
    Released: April 12, 2010

Hot Mess is the third studio album by American dance rock band Cobra Starship, released through Fueled by Ramen and Decaydance Records on August 11, 2009. The album is the follow-up to 2007's ¡Viva la Cobra!. It debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on sales of more than 42,000, by far their best chart performance ever.[2]

The first single from the album, "Good Girls Go Bad", features actress Leighton Meester and was released on May 11, 2009. The song peaked in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and at number two on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[3]

Reception[edit]

An advance review by James Montgomery of MTV stated this was their most brilliant album.[4] Michael Menachem of Billboard fell in favor of the album, saying "If you don't finish this party record a hot mess, then you probably didn't have a good time."[5] Tim Sendra of AllMusic called Hot Mess "a complete success and shows that the band could possibly grow past the comedy and become something else entirely."[6] Daniel Brockman of The Phoenix gave a generally positive review, stating, "Only a music fan obsessed with the rules of authenticity and the requirements for lyrical profundity could find fault with the 11 odes to overload that make up Hot Mess."[7] Mikael Wood of Spin raved that "Hot Mess is flush with other stupid-smart highlights, including 'Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We're Famous."[8] Rolling Stone's Christian Hoard said that "Sometimes the former Midtown singer's snark falls flat, as with the title 'Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We're Famous' or the part where the singer brags about his ass. But Saporta does have some pop gifts, apparent on the disco 'Living in the Sky with Diamonds.'"[9] Edna Gundersen of USA Today gave the album three stars out of four and stated: "While unquestionably accessible, Cobra's retro, overly flashy Swedish-leaning pop isn't for everyone. It's daft, it's dorky, it's discofied, but it's also deliciously fun and kitschy."[10]

Bill Lamb of About.com gave the album 4/5 stars, using a comparison to praise; "You went digging around in your parents closet of old vinyl LP's from the 80's, found one with candy-coated colors on the cover, played it on their old turntable and discovered it really wasn't bad. Then a few days later after listening to it for the 15th time you realized you had fallen in love with the goofy, fun, sarcastic music. It's quite possible it sounded a lot like Cobra Starship's Hot Mess."[11]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (72/100)[12]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net (39%)[13]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Billboard (favorable)[5]
MTV (positive)[4]
NOW 2/5 stars[14]
People 3/4 stars[15]
The Phoenix 3/4 stars[7][12]
Rock Sound (8/10)[16]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Spin (7/10)[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Nice Guys Finish Last"   3:37
2. "Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We're Famous"   3:03
3. "Good Girls Go Bad" (featuring Leighton Meester) 3:17
4. "Fold Your Hands Child"   3:13
5. "You're Not in on the Joke"   3:31
6. "Hot Mess"   2:52
7. "Living in the Sky with Diamonds"   3:20
8. "Wet Hot American Summer"   3:49
9. "The Scene Is Dead; Long Live the Scene"   2:44
10. "Move Like You Gonna Die"   3:49
11. "The World Will Never Do" (featuring B.o.B) 4:05
UK version
No. Title Length
12. "New Edition" (explicit version) 3:21
13. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Frank E Remix) (featuring Flo Rida) 3:23
14. "Good Girls Go Bad" (video) 3:17
15. "Hot Mess" (video) 2:52
iTunes deluxe edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "I May Be Rude But I'm the Truth"   3:07
13. "New Edition"   3:20
14. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Suave Suarez on Pleasure Ryland remix) 3:58
15. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Matt Haick Remix) 4:10
16. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Cash Cash Remix) 4:40
Amazon MP3 exclusive version bonus tracks[17]
No. Title Length
12. "Good Girls Go Bad" (MoAzza Remix) 4:08
Deluxe edition bonus tracks[18]
No. Title Length
12. "I May Be Rude But I'm the Truth"   3:07
13. "Cobras Never Say Die"   3:30
14. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Suave Suarez on Pleasure Ryland Remix) 3:58
15. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Isom Innis Remix) 4:10
16. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Cash Cash Remix) 4:40
iTunes Germany
No. Title Length
12. "Monkey Magic"   3:12
13. "New Edition"   3:20
14. "Good Girls Go Bad" (Frank E Remix) (featuring Flo Rida) 3:23

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Sales
Australian Albums Chart[19] 51
New Zealand Albums Chart[20] 18
U.S. Billboard 200[21] 4 100,000[21]

Personnel[edit]

Cobra Starship

All songs written and performed by Cobra Starship

Additional musicians
  • The Goodie Two Shoes Gang: Lori Hernberg, Cody Tompkins, Bim Fernandez, Janice Cruz, Christine J. Schmidt, Emily Everding and Jaime Boulter – "Nice Guys Finish Last"
  • Leighton Meester – "Good Girls Go Bad"
  • Patrick Stump, Cassadee Pope, The Fuck City Singers: Pete Wentz, Matt Bro and Dre – "You're Not in on the Joke"
  • Christine J. Schmidt – "Move Like You Gonna Die"
  • B.o.B – "The World Will Never Do"
Album artwork
  • Art direction and design: Mike Yardley / Skull with Hair
  • Photos: Matthew Salacuse
  • Live photo: Jack Edinger
  • Cover girl: Bim Fernandez
  • Tattoo by: James Kelly for Red Rocket Tattoo NYC
  • Art manager: Kristie Borgmann
  • Packaging manager: Michelle Piza
  • Inspiration for title Hot Mess – L.O. 43.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vote for the latest Cobra Starship single - Living In The Sky With Diamonds (ZM20) (New Zealand)". Zmonline.com. 2011-07-24. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ a b Montgomery, James (2009-07-29). "Cobra Starship's Hot Mess Preview: Goofy Greatness, Unapologetically So". MTV. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  5. ^ a b Menachem, Michael (2009-08-11). "Hot Mess Album Reviews". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  6. ^ a b Tim Sendra. "Hot Mess - Cobra Starship". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  7. ^ a b Brockman, Daniel (2009-08-03). "Hot Mess CD Review". The Phoenix. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  8. ^ a b Mikael Wood. "Cobra Starship, 'Hot Mess'". Spin. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  9. ^ a b Christian Hoard. "Cobra Starship: Hot Mess". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-08-17. [dead link]
  10. ^ Gundersen, Edna (2009-08-12). "Cobra Starship, Hot Mess: Hot Pop Excess". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  11. ^ Bill Lamb. "Cobra Starship - "Good Girls Go Bad" featuring Leighton Meester". About.com. Accessed August 16, 2009.
  12. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Hot Mess". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  13. ^ Drew Beringer (2009-08-05). "Cobra Starship - Hot Mess". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  14. ^ Benjamin Boles. "Cobra Starship - Hot Mess". NOW. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  15. ^ Chuck Arnold; Joey Bartolomeo (2009-08-17). "Cobra Starship: Hot Mess". People. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  16. ^ Ronnie Kerswell (2010-02-20). "Cobra Starship - Hot Mess". Rock Sound. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  17. ^ "Hot Mess (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version): Cobra Starship: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  18. ^ Fueled By Ramen Webstore[dead link]
  19. ^ "Australia's Official Music Charts". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  20. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Rianz.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  21. ^ a b Grein, Paul (2009-08-19). "Week Ending Aug. 16, 2009: King Of Country Boots King Of Pop | Chart Watch - Yahoo! Music". New.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 

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