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Foster the People's 'Pumped Up Kicks' pulled from airwaves


Foster the People's hit song "Pumped Up Kicks" has been pulled from U.S. airwaves out of respect for the victims of last week's Connecticut school shooting.

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Suspected gunman Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday, killing 20 young children and six adults before allegedly turning the weapon on himself. The shooting sent America into mourning, and now radio bosses have taken note by removing the popular song from station playlists across the country due to the sensitive nature of its lyrics, which chronicles a kid's desire to plot a murder.

One particular line reads, "He found a six-shooter gun in his dad's closet, with the box of fun things ... he's coming for you, yeah he's coming for you," while the chorus features the lyrics: "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, you better run, better run, faster than my bullet."

Speaking about the dark meaning behind the single, frontman Mark Foster previously explained, " Pumped Up Kicks' is about a kid that basically is losing his mind and is plotting revenge. He's an outcast. I feel like the youth in our culture are becoming more and more isolated. It's kind of an epidemic."

"Pumped Up Kicks" is the latest tune to be yanked from the air in the wake of the shooting. Ke$ha's "Die Young" was also pulled due to its controversial title.

Dec 19, 2012 7:08PM
I agree that the songs should be pulled from the airwaves TEMPORARILY as a sign of respect for the victims and families. I have children and my heart goes out to the families but there is freedom of expression and freedom of choice for the listeners.  Where will we draw the line? I can think of many more songs, books, and movies that glorify violence.
Dec 19, 2012 6:35PM
While I am a fan of Foster the People I agree Pumped up Kicks should be taken off the radio for now.
Dec 19, 2012 4:39PM
Keep up the good work..These songs are SICK and the singers are
either ignorant or brainless. These people have to wake and smell
the roses and sign about them

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