Social Protest

25 10 2015

For some reason, I’ve never been curious about the lyrics of this song until now.  I already knew that “pumped up kicks” means expensive cheap athletic shoes.

Then I actually read the lyrics.

This is a social protest song.

I think the intent is to protest nutbar mass shootings.

However, on another level, consider:

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

Think of another demographic that loves to shoot guns and fire bullets over the matter of expensive cheap shoes.

This song reminds me of another song of a generation ago.  “Neunundneunzig Luftballons,” the song by the German band Nena, which was later translated and slightly changed into the English language song “99 Red Balloons,” was really an anti-nuclear weapons protest song, though that’s way more obvious in the original German version than the something-lost-in-translation English version.  I always thought it was just a goofy novelty song about red balloons, until I found out the truth later.  Likewise, because the lyrics in “Pumped Up Kicks” are a bit hard to understand, I just thought it was a song about the other kids and their shoes.

Standing on the Corner

8 10 2015


This post serves as today’s music break.

The story.

“Brother you can’t go to jail for what you’re thinking.”  Not yet.

Almost Timeless

20 09 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Sort of a follow up to something I wrote here back in January.

The number one song in the country last year:

I think this song easily could have been recorded and released any time since 1965 and would have been a hit whenever.  Furthermore, I don’t think the hypothetical 1965 analogue of this song would have sounded much different from the real world 2014 version of it.  If it was recorded at any time in the last 20 years, it would have sounded exactly the same.

We’re All Mexicans Now

10 09 2015


Even Haitians?

Very few of these musicians are actually Mexican.  I happen to think that this is just more astroturf on the part of wannabe Hispanic leaders.  Not realizing that Hispanics tend to think of themselves in terms of nationality rather than a greater multiracial linguistic category of New World Spanish speakers or people who are nationals of those countries even if they don’t speak Spanish themselves.


8 09 2015


Courage would have been to do an anti-Nazi song in Germany in 1938.

Doing it in Germany in 2015? Not so much.

Yes, This Is Called “Music”

19 07 2015


Remember him?

He’s got a music video out.

I’m glad to know he took a break from his algebra homework to make this video.

Whose title, if you need an Ebonics to English translation, is “Fuck the Opposition.”

Music Break

28 06 2015

Who knew that one song would make celebrities out of two people?


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