While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets

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While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets
Studio album by Cobra Starship
Released October 10, 2006
Recorded The Ballroom Studio,
Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative rock, synthpop, new wave, pop punk
Length 37:13
Label Fueled by Ramen
Decaydance Records
Producer S*A*M & Sluggo, Gabe Saporta
Cobra Starship chronology
While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets
(2006)
¡Viva la Cobra!
(2007)
Singles from ''While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets''
  1. "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)"
    Released: August 2006
  2. "The Church of Hot Addiction"
    Released: 2006
  3. "Send My Love to the Dancefloor, I'll See You in Hell (Hey Mister DJ)"
    Released: 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (76%) [1]
AllMusic 4/5 stars [2]
The Digital Fix (6/10) [3]
IGN (6.8/10) [4]
Punknews.org 2/5 stars [5]
Punktastic 2.5/5 stars [6]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [7]
Spin (5/10) [8]

While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets is the debut album from Cobra Starship. It was released on October 10, 2006 in the U.S., and on October 17, 2006 in Canada. A rough clip of "Send My Love to the Dancefloor, I'll See You In Hell (Hey Mister DJ)", a finished version of "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)", and "The Church of Hot Addiction" can be streamed from the PureVolume site of Cobra Starship. "The Church of Hot Addiction" was also used as the theme song for the WWE's Great American Bash 2007. It has sold more than 69,000 copies to date.

Background[edit]

Cobra Starship was formed in 2005 after Midtown bassist Gabe Saporta took a trip to the deserts of Arizona. During this time, Saporta went on a "vision quest", spending time with Native American tribes and smoking peyote.[9] He began to create his vision for a new band, a melodic style of music heavily influenced by synthpop and hip-hop.[9] Upon returning home, Saporta rented a house in the Catskill Mountains and began writing what would become While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets. He posted a parody response to Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" titled "Hollaback Boy" on Myspace. The song gained Saporta notoriety on the internet and he eventually signed to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz's label, Decaydance Records.[10]

Gabe Saporta stated that most of the songs from this recording particularly concern his personal life and career: "Being from Jersey Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry" centers on feelings of emptiness and hopelessness, regarding the area he was (partly) brought-up in, while "The Ballad of Big Poppa and Diamond Girl" concerns a quiet young girl he met at a disco in Los Angeles.

Music[edit]

On While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets Saporta abandons the "voice-quivering drama and super-intense rock" of Midtown in favor of "a more lighthearted, groove-oriented style".[11] The album begins with an acoustic intro entitled "Being from Jersey Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry".[12] The opening of "Send My Love to the Dancefloor, I'll See You in Hell (Hey Mr. DJ)" has been compared to U2, while the Glenn Gamboa of the Chicago Tribune likened the song's chorus to Madonna's "Music".[11] The song features "'70s synth whistles and an '80s new wave bass line".[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Gabe Saporta, Dave Katz and Sam Hollander, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Being from Jersey Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry"   2:05
2. "Send My Love to the Dancefloor, I'll See You in Hell (Hey Mr. DJ)"   3:48
3. "The Church of Hot Addiction"   3:40
4. "The Kids Are All Fucked Up"   4:15
5. "It's Warmer in the Basement"   2:57
6. "Keep It Simple" (Gabe Saporta, Ted Leo) 4:10
7. "It's Amateur Night at the Apollo Creed!"   3:08
8. "Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)" (Gabe Saporta, William Beckett, Travis McCoy, Maja Ivarsson) 3:14
9. "The Ballad of Big Poppa and Diamond Girl" (Gabe Saporta) 3:27
10. "Pop-Punk Is Sooooo '05"   3:01
11. "You Can't Be Missed If You Never Go Away"   3:21

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AbsolutePunk review
  2. ^ While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets at AllMusic
  3. ^ The Digital Fix review
  4. ^ IGN review
  5. ^ Punknews.org review
  6. ^ Punktastic review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ Spin review
  9. ^ a b Manley, Brendan (2008-06-03). "Fangs for the Memories". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  10. ^ Montgomery, James (July 27, 2006). "Cobra Starship Owe Success To Talking Snake From The Future". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c Gamboa, Glenn (October 18, 2006). "Starship debut CD slithers past `Snakes' film". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ Apar, Corey. "While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets - Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 24, 2012.