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Forgot About Friday/Cobra Starship/Leighton Meester

While we didn’t know shit about Cobra Starship or where the fuck they come from (they’re from NYC and actually parted ways just last year) what we do know (or sort of remember) is that there have been many, many summer nights boozin’ along to their Billboard Hot 100 smashes, “Good Girls Go Bad” co-starring Leighton Meester, “You Make Me Feel” co-starring Sabi (who’s also Brit Brit’s “Drop Dead Beautiful” co-diva) , the fist-pump worthy “#1 Night,” and the no doubt Philly themed, “Hot Mess.” 

There’s also a guarantee that it’s been at least five years since you worked it out to any of the tracks listed above, so why waste any time….just dive in like you did at the bar that night in your ’20s as you were gettin’ your Cobra Starship life. It was the best. 

And speaking of the fabulous Ms. Leighton Meester, we absolutely can’t leave out the short lived music career of everyone’s favorite Gossip Girl diva (all shade, Ms. Blake), who delivered a pair of sugar coated pop singles–“Somebody to Love” and “Your Love’s a Drug–, one eh cover of “Christmas(Baby Please Come Home)” and one twangin’ country album, Heartstringsthat most people wouldn’t know was out unless they looked on Spotify. #itsthere 

Coincidentally, Ms. Meester’s music career was never heard from again after she stole the spotlight, err, acted alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong, but anyway…who cares? Let’s dance along with Leighton once again…you know you want to. 

Happy Forgot About Friday! 

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Forgot About Friday/Samantha Mumba

“Gotta Tell You” and “Baby Come On Over.” (sit down, Xtina, this isn’t about you..yet). 

Or, “Baby Come On Over” and “Gotta Tell You.” 

Yes, ask anyone who was, like, alive during the TRL days of the early ’00s and they’ll instantly serve out the names of these two tracks when it comes to bringing up the Ireland based sass of the one-and-only, Ms. Samantha Mumba

Of course, true Mumba maniacs are aware of her vastly underrated 2002 single, “I’m Right Here” (that key change, tho) and that time she gave us full on acting diva in The Time Machine. Priceless. 

As if it ever left us. 

 

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Forgot About Friday/Gin Blossoms

With their knack for not being Candlebox and their flair for being the anti-grunge (hey, Ms. Courtney), Gin Blossoms made us work for our college radio lives with their multi-platinum ’93 (da f#$k?) record, New Miserable Experience

Getting their start thirty years ago in Tempe, Arizona, bassist Bill Leen and guitarist Doug Hopkins formed Gin Blossoms, rounding out the tuned up troops with original lineup in vocalist Jesse Valenzuela, guitarist Richard Taylor, and drummer Chris McCann.

Much like every band goes through when they first get the career bass strummin,’ the group struggled to keep it all together in the early days–McCann was replaced by Dan Henzerling (and, shortly thereafter, Phillip Rhodes), while Taylor was fired and replaced by guitarist Robin Wilson.

However, eventually Wilson and Valenzuela switched roles in the band, and soon Gin Blossoms recorded and served a self-released set, Dusted, in 1989, all while record label A&M caught on and signed the boys the following year.

After an impressive debut EP that rocked Billboard College Radio Charts across the country, 1991’s Up & Crumbling brought them up to a new level, and soon the group recorded New Miserable Experience, and the rest is light, angsty history.

Because of the album’s MTV Top 20 Countdown ready realness and ridiculously catchy melodies, three more singles were released—-“Found Out About You,” “Until I Fall Away” and “Allison Road”–and the album wound up owning the Billboard 200 Album Chart for an entire year. However, during this time, tragedy struck the group when Hopkins shot and killed himself, even as most of the songs he wrote were taking over our My So Called lives. 

But keeping in tribune to the fact that the show must go on, the Blossoms released their second set, Congratulations I’m Sorry in the summer of 1995, which was carried by “Follow You Down” and “Till I Hear It From You” another pair of light & frothy rock tracks, the second of which that also appeared on the classic Empire Records soundtrack.

Unfortunately, due to the pesky ever-changing  late ’90s music market (those teeny boppers, tho..) the boys of Gin Blossoms officially went their separate ways in 1997. But they do still tour every one in a while (they were here last year, actually), which further proves that no matter how hard we try, we’ll never be able to escape “Hey Jealousy” or anything else Gin Blossoms touched our Sony Walkman headphones with back-in-the-day.