Back to School season is upon us, and while it has been many years since I matriculated, I have several children who are kicking off their school years in the morning.
If I found myself going back in school, i.e. college, I have a feeling I would spend a lot of time cranking "Pumped Up Kicks," the smash hit by a band called Foster the People, out my dorm room window.
I first heard this song on a dance music station my daughters love that plays primarily auto-tuned artists of the Katy Perry/Black Eyed Peas variety.
When "Pumped Up Kicks" came on however, it immediately grabbed my ear. My daughters, of course, hated it.
Foster the People is an LA-based band that got together way back in 2009. The bands singer and leader is named Mark Foster. Originally the band was called Foster & the People, but at some point they parted ways with the ampersand.
"Pumped Up Kicks" was the first song FTP ever released, and they must be pleasantly shocked to see it go to the top of the singles charts in this day and age. The song is now available on their debut LP Torches.
I hope they enjoy their sudden success and invest their earnings wisely, because with its relentlessly catchy hooks and anonymous sounding singing, plus the amnesiac nature of the music business, "Pumped Up Kicks" has One Hit Wonder written all over it - and I mean that in the best possible way.
Buy "Pumped Up Kicks" on iTunes here