Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” Pulled From Radio After School Shooting
Add another one to the list. Yesterday, TMZ revealed that Ke$ha's "Die Young" was being pulled from airwaves at some stations — in the wake of Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, CT — and now TMZ says Foster the People's song "Pumped Up Kicks" won't be played at all on L.A.'s hit pop music station, KIIS-FM.
The mellow, almost cheerful-sounding summer jam is about a youth who engages in Columbine-like violence. The chorus is "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks/You better run, better run, outrun my gun./All the other kids with the pumped up kicks/You better run, better run, faster than my bullet."
Frontman Mark Foster told the Washington Post, "The song came from a place in my heart. I was thinking about, 'Why are kids doing this, why is this an epidemic in our country? Kids are getting younger and younger and bringing a gun to malls or schools or parks and killing people. What is going on in a kid's head that goes through something like that?' So I wound up going inside a kid's head and telling a story....There's depth to it. If the song wasn’t about anything, I don’t think it’d be doing what it’s done. I love those lyrics. I could write those down and read them at a poetry reading, and I'd be proud. If it was all about the sunshine, I don't think anybody would even care."
Granted, “Pumped Up Kicks” had its big debut a while ago, as opposed to Ke$ha’s “Die Young,” which was in heavy rotation up until last Friday. But considering what Foster is trying to say with the song, maybe this is one that should stay on airwaves?