Why This Song Sucks: Cobra Starship's "You Make Me Feel..."
[Editor's note: Why This Song Sucks determines why particular tracks blow using science. It appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday.]
Song: Cobra Starship's "You Make Me Feel..." featuring Sabi
History: Cobra Starship is a pop band and just about the most hardcore thing to come from New York in the last 35 years. "You Make Me Feel..." was the first single released for the mostly underwhelming Night Shades, the group's August-released album. NS sold only 9,000 copies in its first week. Still, "You Make Me Feel..." has crushed the troposphere of every American, Australian and New Zealand nightclub for all of its existence. Currently, it is No. 10 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Structure and Function: "You Make Me Feel..." is an aural blitzkrieg, pounded into mainstream sensibility by producer/demigod Steve Mac with the force of Thor's hammer. If allowed to germinate, it will eat the gooey part of your brain.
Atmospherics: Gummy synths; bouncy house bop; robo-airspace; fist pump snares; tactile arousal; bombastic charm; derivative of every nightlife earworm ever ^2.
Scientific Analysis: The examination of the ineptitude of "You Make Me Feel..." is based in visceral empiricism. Ostensibly, "You Make Me Feel..." has zero redeemable qualities. There is no heart and there is no life and there is no soul and there is no nothing; it is the opposite of what music is supposed to be. It simply exists, waiting to be jingle-ized (Vampire Diaries, baby!). Listened to with any sort of forethought or general coherency, it is as inspiring as a FedEx commercial.
To wit, I played the video for this song on a Wednesday night from 8:58 p.m. to 9:02 p.m. sitting at a computer chair completely sober. I charted how the video made me feel as it played. Graph:
There is a definite correlation between how long the song is played and how necessary one finds one's own ears. Seemingly, all* is lost.
How "You Make Me Feel..." Makes Me Feel While I'm Sober
*Initially, it appears that from the 1:30 mark to the 2:00 mark "You Make Me Feel..." is enjoyable. Alas, that segment of data is skewed by two unexpected Robin Williams cameos in the video and must be discarded.