Exclusive! Pete Wentz responds to Cobra Starship's "Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We're Famous."


If you’re at all like me, Mixers, you were probably under the impression that Cobra Starship was a joke band created for the sole purpose of generating material to put on the Snakes on a Plane soundtrack. Well, I guess we would be wrong. What started as a sort of Hot Topic All-Stars — Midtown’s Gabe Saporta, William Beckett of The Academy Is…, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, Maja Ivarsson of the Sounds, and everyone’s favorite member of the Simpson family, Pete Wentz — at some point turned into a real band. Saporta recruited new members, signed to Wentz’s label, and is somehow already on Cobra Starship album number three, due this summer.

Today, the first track from that upcoming album premiered. It is called "Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We’re Famous," and you can hear it on the band’s MySpace page. I initially asked you to go check it out, then come back here to answer the following question: Ironic song title, or most accurate song title in music history?

But now, I am thrilled to share with you this EW EXCLUSIVE email response from Wentz himself! (Oooooh!)

"I have to say Gabe Saporta has been famous long before I ever knew him. Infamous, famously late… He was always talking his way into clubs that we couldn’t get into. He  always knew someone everywhere we went. I mean he goes to Milan like three times a year. Cobra is the band to watch this year and that is simply due to their hard work and dedication. Cobra Starship is the only reason they are famous."

We look forward to bringing you further updates as the situation progresses.

Comments (15 total) Add your comment
  • catlin

    Yay Cobra gets a mention! I think they owe more of their “popularity”(they arent really mainstream) to Patrick Stump who helped to produce their awesome 2nd album.

  • Fantasm

    Oh, has Pete Wentz stopped being an ass hat? No? Ok, moving on…

  • Molly

    Gabe Saporta is a legend in his own scene, and its sad to see him wasting his talent post-Midtown

  • Katie

    I think it is one of the most accurate song titles ever. But then again if you want to get techical it would be ‘Joe Trohman’s parents are the reason were famous.’

  • deez nutz

    THIS SONG IS SO F*CKING UNORIGINAL. still, its catchy as hell tho. but listen to Midtown’s “Give it Up”…Saporta ripped himself off

    • Aellai

      Well, at least it’s not illegal… he can’t sue himself… or CAN he… I’d like to see that.

  • carolyn

    Pete Wentz is the only reason a lot of people are ‘famous’ and Cobra Starship was better before the mainstream crap, just like most bands. A tad disappointed but whatever.

  • Aleks

    Gabe Saporta is a genius. I loved him in Midtown, and love him in Cobra Starship. No matter what he does, he will make sure it is known.

  • Twitter.com/AlexMojo

    How very pathetic this closeted-“poofer” would have a baby w/ his wife _just_ to keep their worthless names in the papers. I pity their child.

  • Brianna

    Pete & Patrick have been good publicity for them, but publicity only goes so far. Cobra has been creating themselves & as long as they keep throwing out catchy beats & “eff it all” lyrics kidds and scenesters will be coming to their shows for the rest of Cobra existence. Mad props to them though for at least putting out an original sound & vibe in a once doomed emo crazed scene.

  • kathleen

    Gabe saporta is just one talented dude. he doesnt need pete wentz.

  • kathleen

    Gabe saporta is just one talented dude. he doesnt need pete wentz.

  • savvy

    people; get over it. gabe saporta quit midtown cuase he wanted to do something different, and when they titled this song they wanted to make fun of themselves. if it were technical it would be “the academy is is the only reason were famous” look into it before you go making assumptions

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