9:22 pm - 12/19/2012

KIIS-FM pulls 'Pumped Up Kicks' from its rotation

Foster the People's hit song "Pumped Up Kicks" -- whose lyrics depict a violent school shooting -- won't be getting ANY airplay whatsoever in the wake of the Newtown massacre... at least on L.A.'s #1 hit music station.

Sources at KIIS-FM tell TMZ, the station has completely pulled "Pumped Up Kicks" from its rotation after the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school last week.

Foster the People frontman Mark Foster has said the song was written about a psychotic, homicidal youth to help bring awareness to gun violence in schools -- and was partly inspired by the Columbine tragedy.

Here's the song's chorus -- 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.

As we reported, Ke$ha's song "Die Young" has also plummeted from the charts due to its inopportune lyrics.

Our sources say KIIS-FM hasn't yet made a decision about yanking "Die Young" entirely -- but "Pumped Up Kicks" is definitely off the air for the foreseeable future.

demented_21 19th-Dec-2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
This only further confirms what I've always known; I never listen to lyrics.

Srsly I only pay attention to lyrics about 10% of the time, if a phrase gets my interest (at which point I have to actually read the lyrics, listening won't do) or if it's one of my fave artists (because I do worship the lyrics of my faves). Otherwise I have no clue.

btw as said in a previous post Die Young is really not inappropriate at all content-wise but the title/chorus might upset some people so maybe it would be best if it were put on the backburner for a lil' while.
ellaellaeheheh 19th-Dec-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
lol I never pay attention either. just now I realised what this song means.

(to be fair, sometimes I just don't understand what they are saying because english is not my first language. it can be hard lol)
imsodeep 19th-Dec-2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
Don't you sing along though? I have no idea how a person could listen to the song and not even listen to the words of the chorus.
demented_21 19th-Dec-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
lol I totally sing along but I don't actually pay attention to what I'm saying, not really. It's superficial repetition for me, like kids memorising something for a history assignment without undertstanding it. If you asked me to just flat-out recite the lyrics I would never be able to.

And the difference is huge when it's a song whose lyrics I actually love, a song I genuinely connect with. Then I totally feel it and I get the lyrics and I'm touched. But that's almost rare. idk it's weird I guess but that's what it's like for me.
nothingcleva89 20th-Dec-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
I sing along to songs, but make up lyrics to what I think they sound like.
imnotasquirrel 19th-Dec-2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
lol same. i didn't realize that "whistle" by flo rida was apparently about blow jobs. oop.
demented_21 19th-Dec-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
lol oh yeah, especially when it comes to innuendo sometimes it totally goes over my head. It just doesn't occur to me because I don't pay attention tbh.
theblackwidow 19th-Dec-2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
seriously? lol
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