Viva La Cobra



MTV artist of the week likes to swear a bit.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mostly innocuous, though "you're the kind of girl to take home to mom, if my momma was dead" seems like an odd take on flirtation.


"The City is At War" features "bang bang, shoot 'em up" as the lyrical hook.


Some playful, party-life innuendo ("you're never gonna get it with nothing/'cause nothing's what you got in your head," "you know I try to get close to you," "don't hesitate if you like what you see," "you know I see you working the street").


"S--t" is used frequently; "f--k" once or twice.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One or two references to drinking ("damn you look good and I'm drunk").

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this MTV band's sound is perky and clean, except for their apparent delight in using the word "s--t" in both expletive and scatological references. Otherwise, these self-described "punk pop" practitioners come across as much more pop than punk, and far less cynical than they imagine.

What's the story?

Despite the occasional use of the \"s--t\" and \"f--k,\" Cobra Starship's lyrics are as perky as their overall sound, and bubble-gum production standards make them sound cleaner than probably intended. Though the songs fall short of living up to the potential of their provocative and clever titles (\"One Day, Robots Will Cry,\" Kiss My Sass,\" Pleasure Ryland\"), they're dance-party friendly and fun.

Is it any good?


Competent if slightly squeaky, Cobra Starship's vocals are strongest on harmony and gang singing -- and luckily, there's a lot of both on VIVA LA COBRA. Synthesized instrumental tracks leave plenty of room in the mix for the band's vocals to be heard loud and clear, even if they don't have all that much to say. The album's dismal low point is a ridiculous disco-tinged cover of "Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady" -- a good one to skip on your downloads.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Cobra Starship's first big break in the soundtrack to the movie Snakes on a Plane. Can you think of any other groups who got attention when their songs were included in movies? The group's insistence on frequent use of "s--t" seems inconsistent with their bubble-gum sound. Do you think they imagine themselves to be tougher than they appear to others?

Music details

Artist:Cobra Starship
Release date:October 23, 2007
Label:Fueled by Ramen
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 8 years old March 15, 2012

Fine, But pretty explicit

Cobra starship is the best. It would be fine if your kids know NOT to use that language
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bywerewolfgirl February 23, 2011
i love ths cd!
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Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byheymonday101 February 4, 2011


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