The Crazy Meanings Behind Your Favorite Top 40 Songs
“Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster The People
Another song that doesn’t try to hide its meaning is Foster The People‘s biggest hit, “Pumped Up Kicks.” Honestly, it’s all right there in the chorus, but we have to believe that anyone who still plays it in this political climate just has no idea what it’s about. The 2011 song about a school shooter was pulled from the airwaves following the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy, and frontman Mark Foster explained in a statement replicated on CNN that when he wrote the song in 2009, it was meant to create a dialogue about stricter gun control regulations. The band’s bassist, Cubbie Fink, had a family member present during 1999’s Columbine shooting, and the shocking lack of policy changes since then hit close to home for the band.