If you were an emo kid in the late 00s, you were probably a Something Corporate fan. You probably found lead singer Andrew McMahon’s lyrics relatable because you were making out with someone or getting high for the first time… also, because his lovelorn songs paralleled your high school breakups.
This year, McMahon is on tour once again, as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness will support Weezer and Panic! At The Disco later this year… after he toured with Jack’s Mannequin earlier this year. To prepare yourselves for the upcoming live run, listen to the most essential Andrew McMahon songs below—including his best tracks as the songwriter of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin.
Remember your first high school party where you accidentally got too drunk and made out with someone else who was drunk? Well, so does McMahon, as he croons how he “kissed a drunk girl on the lips.” It’s a feel-good dance track that transports you right back to your parents’ house.
Just putting this out there: This may be the best Something Corporate track ever made, even though it’s a B-side. “Konstantine” is a 9-minute-plus love opus that fills you with sweeping emotion, and crying is very allowed: “This is to a girl who got into my head/With all the pretty things she did.”
The Glass Passenger finds McMahon in a different place than on the Jack’s Mannequin debut LP, following his battle with leukemia. “The Resolution” shows McMahon at peace with life, having conquered his battle with cancer: “And I'm alive/And I don't need a witness/To know that I survived/I'm not looking for forgiveness.”
In 2013, Andrew McMahon dropped the monikers he hid behind for the previous several years. In some ways, “Synesthesia” was an electro-pop return to his Something Corporate roots, as well as the innocence he had back then: “I see colors/I don’t fear the choice/Sometimes we’re only flying for awhile.”
In 2014, McMahon released his first foray into the indie-pop scene as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. “Cecilia And The Satellite” is a song that has a Jack’s Mannequin feel with a more anthemic quality to it than his previous works. Instead of singing about romantic relationships, this one is a sweet dedication of stories to tell his daughter.