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Foster The People's Pumped Up Kicks Pulled Off The Radio

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Foster The People's hit, Pumped Up Kicks, has been pulled off the radio following last week's Newtown, Connecticut shootings.

Understandable, since the song illustrates a violent high school shooting with a chorus that goes:

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.

Bandmember Mark Foster has previously said that the upbeat tune with somber lyrics was inspired by the Columbine massacre and created to bring attention to gun violence in schools.

But we guess, at this time of real turmoil, the song does less to inspire change than it does remind those grieving how sinister and wasteful this tragedy really is.

The news follows the announcement that Kesha's new single, Die Young, was also taken off the radio this week in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary disaster.

Listen, whatever can be done to ease the pain of those affected by this evilness, should be done.

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17 comments to “Foster The People's Pumped Up Kicks Pulled Off The Radio”

  1. 1

    Why? They aren't the ones medicating the children of the USA into HOMICIDAL MANIACS….

  2. 2

    The first dude is HOT

  3. 3

    Old song anyway but this is getting ridiculous.

  4. thebigboot says – reply to this


    You still titled one of your stories as a "Killer perfomance" Not to mention why has rap music gone unscathed? Many songs are about murder and they haven't been pulled. A bit hypocritical.

  5. thebigboot says – reply to this


    Not to mention, way to ignore the stabbing victims in China. 22 of them. Not that you care.

  6. David says – reply to this


    Removing these songs from the rotation will not stop one single act of violence nor will it ease the suffering of the tragic loss of a child in any way. All it does is ease the conscience of the media and the artists while being seen to be "doing something".

    I feel for the families and their tragic loss. For the rest of us life goes on, which includes listening to music, going to movies, etc. and spending time with our loved ones. Life doesn't stop. However, it is a reminder to take care of those we love as we just never know…

  7. 7


  8. 8

    about damn time. could never stand that song because of its lyrics

  9. 9

    Wow, I jam to this almost everyday and I didn't even know the lyrics. How is that even possible? Maybe the devil really does control the music. It does hypnotize me.

  10. Northporter says – reply to this


    It is just totally insensitive to play the Foster The People song at this time. While the music itself is not going to make someone go out and do a violent act its

  11. jackie flores says – reply to this


    While I understand the radio taking Foster the People's song off, I do NOT understand the reasoning behind taking Ke$ha's song off the radio. That song is about living life to the fullest everyday, not about killing or murder. I agree that things should be done out of respect for the families, but that does not include taking songs of the radio just for having the words 'die' and 'young' in it. That's just preposterous.

  12. casey says – reply to this


    This is really dumb. The issue is not about gun control, it's about mental health. Another shooter was stopped in Oregon last week because another person had a registered gun. If people have the intent to hurt or kill, they will find a way to do it, with or without guns. I don't personally own a gun, but I don't support banning them because dangerous people have been stopped because of them.

  13. teeter totter says – reply to this


    Re: thebigboot – You have a good point, I personally cannot stand rap, hate it in fact. Can tolerate some hip hop. There is a guy who picks up my a neighbor at 6am with his dadgum radio blasting rap, it drives me crazy.

  14. 14

    they made money by making a really creepy and sinister song of a psycho teen killing other kids in school with a happy tune melody, how sick is that? This song should be banned from the radios, because even if the singer says it wasnt intended to sound happy it does, and its very obvious and its terribly insensitive, not only to the families of the sandy hook school victims, but of all the other victims of other schools.

  15. 15

    Agreed, but I just heard the song yesterday on Q87.7…

  16. Chris says – reply to this


    Re: trinigirl123 – your very stupid and not very observant. The devil doesn't control music

  17. dreamssweetly says – reply to this


    Too bad it took this and not the fact that the song SUCKS!