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'Pumped Up Kicks'

Yanked from L.A. Airwaves

After Newtown Massacre

12/19/2012 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Foster the People
's hit song "Pumped Up Kicks" -- whose lyrics depict a violent school shooting -- won't be getting ANY airplay whatsoever in the wake of the Newtown massacre ... at least on L.A.'s #1 hit music station.

Sources at KIIS-FM tell TMZ, the station has completely pulled "Pumped Up Kicks" from its rotation after the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school last week.

Foster the People frontman Mark Foster has said the song was written about a psychotic, homicidal youth to help bring awareness to gun violence in schools -- and was partly inspired by the Columbine tragedy.

Here's the song's chorus -- 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.

As we reported, Ke$ha's song "Die Young" has also plummeted from the charts due to its inopportune lyrics.

Our sources say KIIS-FM hasn't yet made a decision about yanking "Die Young" entirely -- but "Pumped Up Kicks" is definitely off the air for the foreseeable future.


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Next they will have TV shut down because its rude and disrespectful. I don't think the parents are the ones complaining. It's the clowns who are trying to make every excuse and claim its disrespectful towards the families when they don't even care. They are busy trying to gain strength by healing. Not by stopping the world of their daily life. Might as well shut down hip hop and rap also.

637 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

a song about the upper middle class who is angry because they can't afford a cool hip yacht vacation like the super rich kids?... just shows you where the concentration in the middle class is. awwwwww, your daddy only drives a you have to go kill somebody =(

637 days ago


The desensitization of our kids to violent criminal acts has gone wayyyy too far. The games that some people let their kids play dehumanizes so many criminal acts...that goes for music, movies, TV...all media outlets have got to start taking some responsibility for the GARBAGE they feed into people's minds. Then a person snaps, and bang! They're in the song/movie/video game and something tragic happens. We have got to our kids that actions have consequences, and killing another human is NEVER acceptable nor is it a way to gain fame. Pulling these vile songs is a start....just sayin'. Think about it.............................

637 days ago


The murder of those innocents notwithstanding, who the hell would listen to such a song? I mean, it doesn't exactly sound like something you might sing along to in your car.

637 days ago

who dat    

No big deal. the song is played out anyways.

637 days ago


The song is about a disturbed kid named Robert Hawkins who was behind Westroads Mall shooting which was not a school.., I know you people are not journalists at TMZ but can you at least google stuff for 45 secs before you post?

637 days ago


Now this I agree with. Side note: I didn't know that's what this song was about for a long time and after hearing and liking it for a awhile.

637 days ago


The song is about a disturbed kid named Robert Hawkins who was behind Westroads Mall shooting which was not a school.., I know you people are not journalists at TMZ but can you at least google stuff for 45 secs before you post?

637 days ago


Oh great! Glad to see KIIS taking a stand....said 2011.

637 days ago

space monkey    

yea thats a great idea ban a song about this issue and not look at what is the cause... Well done America!!! Good to see you know how to solve a problem ban a song not the gun..

637 days ago

send Lohan to jail    

I'll admit that when both of these songs came out I was a bit shocked at the words- more so by pumped up kicks...but banning them is like saying these songs are the problem! Come on people, let's focus on the real issues here. The guy who killed all of those people, and any other murder, has severe psychological problems. Learning about how we can help those people or support them to prevent them from killing or harming people is what we need to be working on- NOT blaming some pop song on the radio. Not allowing a song to be played on the radio will not prevent more deaths or killings.

But back to the song Pumped up one thought the song was inappropriate when it first came out? Were people not getting killed then? It certainly was playing on the radio when all of those people were killed at that movie theatre. And in fact, innocent people are murdered everyday but that song kept being played. Do these victims not count? The reasoning for taking the song off the air doesn't makes sense. If people feel so strongly about it now, then it should have never been played...and if it is true that this song was inspired by the shootings at Columbine, then shame on us. Are we already over that doesn't mean anything to us anymore?

The United States is certainly an F-ed up country. Down right stupid.

637 days ago


What the **** is wrong with people making songs like this!! OMG this world is so distribute!!!

637 days ago


i don/t relate this new song to the shooting at all, although i think she's getting alot of publicity and thats good, as for foster the people, when i first heard the song i was personally surprised it was allowed on the radio and that was a while ago, the words are not appropiate in this day and age.

637 days ago


Pumped Up Kicks hasn't been in rotation anywhere in at least a year.

637 days ago


Once again corporate America with its kneejerk reaction pretends it has a conscience by pulling songs off the airwaves that have NOTHING to do with the root of the problem. If the corporations wants to do something put some pressure on gun control AND mental health issues. If nothing get done people will forget just as they have every single other shooting and it WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. Both the mental health of our youth AND gun control need to be looked at. Yes guns guns don't kill people, crazy people with guns kill people but if these crazy people have less guns to grab who is it going to ultimately hurt, some idiot with 12 guns or 26 innocent people gunned down because of this some guy's "need" for the 12 guns?
America has GOT to wake TF up and do SOMETHING...ANYTHING...PLEASE!!!!

637 days ago
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