Foster the People On MTV censoring their hit single

Los Angeles alt-rockers discuss their new fame and why MTV censored 'Pumped Up Kicks'

Doree Shafrir, Eric Helton, Matthew Murphy

Rolling Stone editor Doree Shafrir sat down with Foster the People recently to chat about their sudden rise to fame, plans for their second record and MTV censoring their hit single "Pumped Up Kicks," which has dark lyrics about gun violence. "I think MTV is scared of an alternative band that has a sound like this. I think the sound is deceiving," says frontman Mark Foster. "You've got reality shows which are all about teenagers getting pregnant and you've got Jersey Shore, where a girl gets punched in the face and they show the clip over and over and over as a teaser to watch the show. It's like, oh, OK, domestic violence is fine but, like, talking about something like family values and teen isolation and bullying is not."

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