It may be time to close the lid on “Pumped Up Kicks”.
Foster the People might be prepared to “retire” the chart-topping hit single. The song is written from the perspective of troubled and delusional youth with homicidal thoughts. The lyrics were the source of much conversation.
Frontman Mark Foster believes the narrative has shifted.
“I wrote that song in eight hours, and for me, it wasn’t necessarily more special than any other song,” Foster told Billboard. “The thing that made that song special was the public and the fact that people thought it was special, and it resonated and it created a conversation.”
“I’m proud of the conversation that it created,” she continued. “But now I’ve been very seriously thinking of retiring the song forever.”
Foster has no qualms about who listens to “Pumped Up Kicks”. The only thing he plans to control at this stage is his own involvement with it.
“I can’t ask other people not to play it live, but the public made the song what it is — and if the song has become another symbol for something, I can’t control that,” he shared. “But I can control my involvement in it.”
In the full interview, Foster also touched on some of the mass shooters that have adopted the song as an anthem or inspiration.