Eye of the Cobra


By Shana Naomi Krochmal

This album and your last one are really campy. Do you think of yourself like that?
We wanted to have those one-liners and make people laugh. The problem is that you don't want to become the Bloodhound Gang. I don't want to be making poopy jokes, you know? That's why "Lick my balls and touch my asshole" would never work as the chorus. It's too base. We had to make it funny in a way that was also witty. It had to have some smarts in it, a half shit-eating grin, super tongue-in-cheek. I think it's more tongue in cheek than it is campy.

We have to talk about your love for Justin Timberlake. Why is he worthy of your obsession?
When I first started this project, I really wanted to be the punk rock Justin Timberlake. I think on this record I was finally able to do it. It took me a little while because, you know, I didn't grow up in the Mickey Mouse Club and and I didn't know how to dance for a long time. I didn't have Timbaland to make my beats. But Patrick Stump is kind of like my Timbaland.

What would you do for one night alone with Justin?
[laughing] I don't know that I would even want to meet him. I've gotten a chance to meet a lot of my idols, and I'm always just disappointed. I'd rather just keep him as a mythological character. Plus he'd probably never hang out with me, anyway, so it's cool.

Where did you get your, uh, dance moves?
My first year of college, I dated this girl who was two years older than me, so she was already 21 and going to all these clubs in the city. I would go out with her and just like, fucking sulk in the corner because she was dancing with all these random dudes. I realized you either gotta get with the program or get the fuck out. Practice makes perfect, you know. When you go to white-boy parties, where a bunch of kids are dancing to '80s music, and no one knows how to dance there, but they're having a good time, and you can really work on your moves there. And I'm Hispanic, I was born in Uruguay, so I always had it in my blood. I just had to tap into it.

I haven't done an official count, but it seems like Google has at least as many pictures of you making out with or groping dudes as there are of Pete Wentz doing the same. So why does Pete get all the gay cred?
Pete gets gay cred? Who is he making out with? The only one I saw was of him making out with me. Is he cheating on me?

He talked to The Advocate. He talked to Blender about making out with guys.
He talks the talk, and I walk the walk.