Foster The People Getting Mileage Out Of ‘Pumped Up Kicks’

Foster The People Getting Mileage Out Of ‘Pumped Up Kicks’

Who are Foster The People?

Besides being the world’s most famous American independent pop band, they are the group that sings the ultra catchy “Pumped Up Kicks.”

If the title doesn’t sound familiar don’t worry. Chances are very good that you’ve heard the song, or at least a snippet of its unforgettable chorus, on-line, on the radio, and/or on television.

Interestingly enough, while the music to “Pumped Up Kicks” is bright and cheery, the lyrics are not—the song is about a psychotic school shooter.

“Pumped Up Kicks,” which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, is so popular that it was featured in a tweet by none other than Paris Hilton.

“I LOVE the song ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by @FosterThePeople. So sexy! Puts me in the best mood, plus they are totally hot!”

The “they” Hilton was referring too are Mark Foster, Mark Pontius, and Cubbie Fink (Paris is right, they are all very handsome). The threesome joined forces in Los Angeles, California back in 2009.

“Pumped Up Kicks” was also featured on the wonderfully delightful SyFy program Warehouse 13. In particular, the ninth episode of the second season titled “Vendetta.” The episode first aired Aug. 31, 2010. The song was released two weeks later on Sept. 14.

If getting mentioned in a Hilton tweet and being part of the soundtrack to a basic cable science fiction drama isn’t enough, the song has also been covered by the rock band Weezer. Rivers Cuomo and company played the memorable ditty at an Aug. 4 show at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, California (you can view Weezer’s version on YouTube).

“Pumped Up Kicks” is the second track from the trio’s debut album, Torches. The opus dropped May 23, 2011. It went to number one on the U.S. Alternative and U.S. Rock charts. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200.

The version of “Pumped Up Kicks” found on Torches was recorded entirely by Foster. He originally intended the recording to be used as a demo but the track was so good it was selected to appear on album.

The band’s rocket-trip to stardom is keeping them extremely busy on the road. By the time they wrap their current slew of dates, sometime in December, they will have been selling Foster the People tickets for ten months.

Most of their shows are sell outs. That’s quite impressive considering the band couldn’t sell out a 300-seat venue in their hometown of Los Angeles earlier this year.

On Sept. 21 catch Foster the People in Atlanta; on the 27th and 28th Foster the People will be in New York City for shows at Terminal 5, and on the 29th Foster the People descend on Boston for a gig at the House of Blues.

Another highlight of their route: Foster the People will be in Chicago for a performance at the Riviera Theatre on Oct. 5.

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