Pumped Up Kicks may have been the song of the summer for those who downloaded it months ago; vinyl fetishists can enjoy an Indian summer this week with its 12” release. Calling it 2010’s Young Folks is a fair shout – it’s catchy, it’s got whistling – but its chances as a crossover hit probably lie more in the tradition of Drinking in LA and Scooby Snacks than they do in the indie novelty genre. That and a vague similarity to the strutting bass of Billie Jean won’t do it any harm.
Mark Foster probably grew up listening to the ho-hum-shake-your-bum hip hop of A Tribe Called Quest and Arrested Development. He may even have watched The Virgin Suicides and thought ‘Air’s soundtrack is pretty good, but, hey, one day I’m gonna write a song about abuse and murderous vengeance and totally own those French dudes’. And he did.