Pumped Up Kicks

Foster the People

About Pumped Up Kicks

"Pumped Up Kicks" is a song by American indie pop band Foster the People. It was released as the group's debut single in September 2010, and the following year was included on their EP Foster the People and their debut album, Torches. "Pumped Up Kicks" became the group's breakthrough hit and was one of the most popular songs of 2011. The song was written and recorded by frontman Mark Foster while he was working as a commercial jingle writer. Contrasting with the upbeat musical composition, the lyrics describe the homicidal thoughts of a troubled youth. The track received considerable attention after it was posted online in 2010 as a free download, and it helped the group garner a multi-album record deal with Columbia Records imprint Startime International. "Pumped Up Kicks" proved to be a sleeper hit; in 2011, after receiving significant airplay on modern rock stations, the song crossed-over onto contemporary hit radio stations. The song spent eight consecutive weeks at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, making it the first Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single to crack the U. S. top 5 since Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" in 2009. The song was widely praised by critics, and it has been licensed for use in a wide range of popular media since its release. "Pumped Up Kicks" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. 


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2015
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Robert's got a quick hand
He'll look around the room, he won't tell you his plan
He's got a rolled cigarette, hanging out his mouth he's a cowboy kid
Yeah found a six shooter gun
In his dad's closet hidden oh in a box of fun things, I don't even know what
But he's coming for you, yeah he's coming for you

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, out run my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, out run my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet

Daddy works a long day
He be coming home late, he's coming home late
And he's bringing me a surprise
'Cause dinner's in the kitchen and it's packed in ice
I've waited for a long time
Yeah the slight of my hand is now a quick pull trigger
I reason with my cigarette
And say your hair's on fire, you must have lost your wits, yeah

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, out run my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, out run my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, out run my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, out run my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, out run my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks 
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet

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Foster the People

Foster the People is an American indie pop band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The group is composed of Mark Foster (vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, programming, percussion), Cubbie Fink (bass and backing vocals), and Mark Pontius (drums, percussion). The group's music, described as melodic dance-infused pop and rock, spans many genres. more »

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Written by: Mark Derek Foster

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6 facts about this song

Composition and Release
1. "Pumped Up Kicks" was composed and recorded by the American indie pop band "Foster the People". 2. The song was initially released as the band's debut single in September 2010. 3. It was taken from "Foster the People"'s debut album, "Torches", and re-released in 2011.
Artist Insights
4. Mark Foster, the band's lead vocalist, wrote and produced "Pumped Up Kicks" in just five hours.
Content & Meaning
5. The song narrates the story from the perspective of a disturbed and delusional youth with homicidal thoughts, a reflection of the increasing incidents of school shootings in the United States. 6. The title, "Pumped Up Kicks", refers to expensive, stylish sneakers symbolizing status among teenagers.
Commercial Success & Recognition
7. Despite its dark themes, the song achieved immense commercial success, reaching the top 3 in several countries, including the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. 8. The song achieved multi-platinum status in the United States, Australia, and Canada. 9. Credited with bringing indie pop to the radio, "Pumped Up Kicks" received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Controversy & Banning
10. Due to the song's controversial content, it was pulled out from rotation on several radio stations following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. 11. In 2019, the song was notably removed from the setlist of Foster the People's tour, following more mass shootings in the U.S.
Legacy
12. As of 2021, "Pumped Up Kicks" continues to be the band's biggest hit and has been covered by numerous artists. 13. It has also appeared in various movies, TV shows, and video games. 14. Despite its controversial nature, "Pumped Up Kicks" is often cited for spreading awareness of mental health issues among teenagers.

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