Songs Of Summer “Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship with Leighton Meester

I’ll be honest, I can’t remember if this track came out during last summer or not, but it’s got a hell of a summer vibe. I think I remember seeing the video before heading to work in the City last year which would place it as a 2009 summer song, but I can’t say for sure. Anyway, I’m a big fan of the power pop/dance/rock scene that includes bands like Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Plain White Ts and Cobra Starship. I have no idea if this is an actual scene or not, but to me it is.

For the longest time I didn’t know that Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester was the main female voice in the song (I only ever watched the free GG pilot thanks to iTunes and was out after several attempted rapes in just the first episode). I really dig how she sounds on the track and even though it’s a boastful party song, it’s a really fun boastful party song with great call-and-response and back-and-forth between Meester and the lead singer Gabe Saporta. Plus, the very idea of a secret club under a convenience store that’s being staked out by the cops is just cool and more complex than you get out of a lot of videos today (are they on the run at the very very end or being escorted to the cop cars?!).

6 thoughts on “Songs Of Summer “Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship with Leighton Meester

    1. I’m not going to go back and watch it again, but I’m pretty sure ol’ Chuck tried it twice. No argument against about Mad Men, but they didn’t open with it.

      1. Really? Rape is cool, but only so long as it’s not in the first episode? Weak.

        If you don’t like the show, don’t like the show, but find a better reason. Plenty of good shows deal with sexual assault and attempted sexual assault, that’s no reason to boycott unless it’s a really sensitive subject for you (which it’s clearly not when you watch another show where there was a rape and the victim is still married to her attacker).


      2. Also also, this is a great song, but it was playing in the car on my way to hospital for surgery last year and then AGAIN when I went in for emergency surgery, so whenever I hear it I assume something bad is going to happen to me.

      3. Obviously rape’s never cool. It’s a delicate topic to say the least, so throwing it or the potential for it into the pilot of a show immediately turns me off to the perpetrator, exactly how it did with Joan’s husband in Mad Men. But, at the time I assumed that Chuck was a main character and would presumably spend a good deal of his time being slimy and getting away with it, I bounced. Whether that was accurate or not, I don’t know, but it’s the kind of judgment we all make when deciding what entertainment to spend our time with. Seeing as how the original post was about something completely different, I didn’t really get into, forgetting how much of a following Gossip Girl seems to have in my audience 🙂

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