The Problem With... Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks"
When I visited the East Coast a few years back. I heard an interesting phrase pop up over and over again in conversation: "I see you!" No, it wasn't any of that Na'vi, love-and-understanding crap.
Since its release all the way back last year, Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" has steadily crept up the charts this summer. That's not altogether surprising. The track sounds like the band made it to butter up listeners with evocative trends.
The lyrics sound similarly cluttered. Take this line the second verse: "And they say your hair's on fire / You must have lost your wits" I'd let the line slide if Phoenix or Bjork wrote them, since English is not their first language. But, y'know, Foster the People are American, so I can't.
And, as such, I can't get behind "Pumped Up Kicks," which sounds more like a calculated jingle than a track. If this catches on, we're probably gonna hear pop songs in the near future that allude to once-popular gadgets like Razor scooters or Heelys roller-skate shoes.
All I know is that I'd hate to be remembered for writing the "shoes" song. This guy knows what I'm talking about.