Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pumped Up Kicks

Number one on the pop charts, "Pumped Up Kicks" is a slang term for cool sneakers.  This hit song by the group Foster the People is causing controversy these days.  Listen to the song.  What do you think it means?  I see the isolation of a kid who is in essence ostracized.  He has developed a hatred for those who diminish and shun him.  He is not able to lash out directly at his non-present parent.  Perhaps he is bullied at school. Who are the kids he wants to harm?  The ones with "Pumped Up Kicks".  What does the Foster the People band say about it?  The lead singer and songwriter Mark Foster states in an exclusive interview with KROQ,  "When a 13 or 14-year-old kid brings a gun to school and does something, sure, you blame them for making that choice….. But at the end of the day, he or she is still just a kid and there’s a lot of other things that led up that moment that should have changed."  Now I'll go see what everyone else is saying. Meanwhile see a one one one interview with Mark Foster.
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