“Pumped Up Kicks” is a song that I remember very well, and was what sparked Foster’s success. It seemed to define my transition from high school into what they call the “real world” very well, a rebellious track describing one man’s sinister plans. Foster the People has yet to come out with anything that could match their successful Torches album (their 2012 second album Supermodel is one I haven’t heard much about) since it was one of the best from the beginning of the 2010s decade. The music videos accompanying it are spectacular. Unique, maybe a little over the top.
Now this song is absolutely perfect. It’s something you can easily dance to. It’s humorous. I must have listened to this insanely catchy hit about a 100 times after I first heard it on a Nissan Leaf commercial back in 2011. I’ll leave up to you to figure out what the meaning behind the song is.
And one last song I want to talk about doesn’t really have any real meaning behind it. You can call it what you want because that is what the music video clearly shows, an ambiguous mash-up of confusing scenes.
The band is still around and is touring like crazy, with a third album due sometime this or next year. Cubbie Fink, one of the original band members, left the band to pursue other opportunities, but the core group is still together. I admire this band’s hard work and drive to keep producing and not end up one hit wonders, which hey, is a lot better than I could have done.