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Radio Station Pulls Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" From Airwaves Post Sandy Hook Shooting

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Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" has been yanked from Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM's airwaves, following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The radio station removed the song from its rotation due to the sensitive nature of its lyrics, which tell the story of a boy planning a violent school shooting, a station source confirms to E! News. 

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While the pop song has an upbeat sound, it contains lyrics like, "He found a six-shooter gun in his dad's closet, with the box of fun things…he's coming for you, yeah he's coming for you," and "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, you better run, better run, faster than my bullet." 

In an interview with Spinner UK, the band's frontman, Ben Foster, talked about the dark meaning behind the popular song.

"'Pumped Up Kicks' is about a kid that basically is losing his mind and is plotting revenge," Foster told the mag. "He's an outcast. I feel like the youth in our culture are becoming more and more isolated. It's kind of an epidemic. Instead of writing about victims and some tragedy, I wanted to get into the killer's mind, like Truman Capote did in In Cold Blood."

"Pumped Up Kicks" is the latest song to be pulled from airwaves in the wake of the tragedy, preceded by Kesha's "Die Young." 

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