Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    CULTURE WATCH: What's Up with "Pumped Up Kicks"?

    Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" is one of the most-played summer songs this year and offers a catchy, breezy tune paired with some pretty disturbing lyrics about a boy contemplating an act of violence.  Mark Foster, lead singer of the group Foster the People explains the lyrics:

    "Pumped Up Kicks' is about a kid that basically is losing his mind and is plotting revenge. He's an outcast. I feel like the youth in our culture are becoming more and more isolated. It's kind of an epidemic. Instead of writing about victims and some tragedy, I wanted to get into the killer's mind, like Truman Capote did in 'In Cold Blood.' I love to write about characters. That's my style. I really like to get inside the heads of other people and try to walk in their shoes."

    We recently offered a series of posts on the problem of teen bullying.