“Helena Beat” by Foster The People – The Song of the Week for 11/28/2011

Foster the People - band picture - 2010
“Helena Beat” by Foster The People is the infectious 2nd single from the band’s debut album Torches and the followup single to the hugely popular “Pumped Up Kicks”

Genre: Indie Dance, Indietronica, Indie Rock

Frontman Mark Foster wrote “Pumped Up Kicks” while working as a commercial jingle writer at Mophonics in the Venice district of Los Angeles. “Pumped Up Kicks” received considerable attention after it was posted online in 2010, and it helped the group garner a multi-album record deal with Columbia Records. The song was immediately popular on modern rock stations upon it’s release in September 2010. In mid-2011 the song began seeing noticeable airplay on contemporary hit radio stations. It went on to spend eight straight weeks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single to crack the U.S. top 5 since King’s Of Leon’s “Use Somebody” 2009. 

“Yeah yeah and it’s okay
I tie my hands up to a chair so I don’t fall that way
Yeah yeah and I’m alright
I took a sip of something poison but I’ll hold on tight”

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