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2 Comments 30 June 2011


There’s a long history of upbeat sounding rock songs that contain dark lyrical messages. Up-and-coming L.A. rockers Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” is no exception. Frontman Mark Foster told radio station KROQ that he wrote the lyrics of the song in the hopes of bringing awareness of the topic of gun violence among young people to a wider audience. MTVU has apparently decided to modify that message for their college-targeted channel. Richard Huff, TV reporter for the New York Daily News recently wrote of watching the video with his daughter on the video music channel on to find the words “gun” and “bullet” digitally removed.

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  1. Bob Brault says:

    Censorship of music is never a good thing. It has stuck in my craw since I heard the “radio-friendly” version of “Kick Out the Jams” by the MC5.

    It also seems a little lame considering that the Supreme Court just ruled that violent video games were okay.

  2. Otto Ray says:

    Censorship sucks and is almost always unnecessary. It just gets more attention for the alleged “offense”. This is a great song. Just like Cake’s “Sick of You”, the lyrics are dark but the song is dominated by a simple, yet funky, driving bass line which is delicious ear candy.



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