Already a YouTube sensation with some 4 million viewings, the clip for ”Cupid’s Chokehold,” by indie hip-hoppers Gym Class Heroes, now has a grip on MTV, too. Credit is due to its adorable dancing cherubs, cameo by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump (who also sings the song’s hook and co-produced the album), and hot girls galore. But the charisma of highly coiffed, 6’5” frontman Travis McCoy, and a killer melody borrowed from Supertramp — yes, Supertramp — can’t be discounted.
”Me and my roommate in college were really big fans,” says McCoy, 25, of the ’70s and ’80s soft-rock outfit. ”It was just a matter of time before we started to goof around with samples and see what we could come up with” — which, in this case, meant recasting the chorus from the group’s 1979 hit ”Breakfast in America.” Though getting Supertramp’s clearance was at first ”kind of a pain,” he says, ”they ended up really stoked on it.” Just like everybody else, it seems.
In the meantime, the upstate New York natives, who formed in ’97, continue to tour behind their CD, As Cruel as Schoolchildren (they paused only to make the hit clip, a reshoot of a low-budget original). ”Once the song started taking off,” says the band’s drummer, Matt McGinley, 24, ”we felt it would be good to try to make [the video] a little more spectacular.” Apparently, it worked.