Before Andrew McMahon’s solo career and even before Jack’s Mannequin existed, Something Corporate was releasing banger after banger. Considering their last album was released in 2003 and they briefly reunited in 2010 for a reunion tour, the fact we’re getting a full SC set in the year 2023 is incredible. Whether you listened to them when you were young or are about to be introduced to their music for the first time, you should be extremely hyped for the side show and their set at When We Were Young Fest. We aren’t exaggerating when we say that we could talk about their music for hours. But for the sake of time, we’ve narrowed it down to 5 essential songs.
‘Punk Rock Princess’
When you think of Something Corporate, chances are this is the first song you think of. This song has been played 21,847,388 times on Spotify (via just the Leaving Through The Window album, alone) and it deserves to be played 21,847,388 times more. It’s the ultimate angsty love song. It’s an absolute banger. What more can we say?
Overall Leaving Through The Window is a super high energy album, but there a few songs that aren’t, which includes one of our favorites, ‘Cavanaugh Park.’ If you ever need a song about reflecting on different times in the same place, this is it. “But there was never any place / for someone like me to be totally happy / I’m running out of clock / and that ain’t a shock / some things never do change.” It really hits deep.
We can’t talk about Something Corporate without talking about ‘Space.’ It’s one of our favorites off of North. And also the inspiration behind their compilation album released in 2010. It’s about the importance of space in relationships, but they do it in a way that goes so incredibly hard.
The overall vibe of this song may be laid-back, but it’s actually a song you want to sing at the top of your lungs. “But there you go for the last time / I finally know now what I should have known then / that I could still be ruthless if you let me.” It’s the Barbie singing in the car meme, the Kirby screaming into the microphone meme. It’s the-, you get the point. The song goes hard.
Before you ask, yes, you have to listen to the entire song. We know it’s 9 minutes and 36 seconds. But you have to and you’ll thank us later. We definitely don’t expect them to play this song at WWWYF itself, (but we’ll hold out hope that it could be played at their side show) but it is an essential SC song. When Real Friends said, “Konstantine always tore me apart and made me cry,” they were referring to this song. If it can make them cry, you know it’s good.
If you weren’t already, did we successfully convert you into a fan? How excited are you to see Something Corporate at When We Were Young Fest? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, Instagram, or by tweeting us @thehoneypop!