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'Pumped Up Kicks' & Newtown: Foster The People's Song Pulled From Radio After School Shooting

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Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" has been pulled from radio stations in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

In light of the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Foster The People's 2011 summer hit, "Pumped Up Kicks," has been pulled from some radio stations. TMZ reports that L.A. radio station KIIS-FM has taken the song out of rotation entirely.

"Pumped Up Kicks," as poppy and upbeat as it is, chronicles the tale of a school shooter. The lyrics of the song read: "Yeah! He found a six-shooter gun / in his dad's closet, with the box of fun things. I don't even know what, but he's coming for you. Yeah, He's coming for you!"

The song quickly turns into the dark chorus of, "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."

In an earlier interview with NPR, Foster the People frontman, Mark Foster, said that he had wondered "what would it be like to be inside of a kid's head that's a teenager and is basically losing his mind."

While "Pumped Up Kicks" was first released months ago, the song was still receiving radio play. A more recent hit, Ke$ha's "Die Young" has also been pulled from radio stations in light of the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary.


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I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express.

Ke$ha also said she was "forced" to sing "Die Young" -- which includes the lyric "Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young" -- though that tweet has since been deleted.

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