Don't Look Back In Anger: Oasis Songwriter Set Out With New Band Exactly Ten Years Ago
He sounded really pumped up about it, or at least he got quite a kick out of it. Who can blame him, since his song “Pumped Up Kicks” marked its one billionth stream on Spotify last week, according to his Twitter account.
“When I wrote this song, it was just another song,” tweeted Mark Foster, the namesake and front man of the pop group Foster the People. “What made it special was that people shared it, talked about it, dissected it, loved it and hated it.”
He released the song exactly ten years ago, including it on the debut album Torches. “Pumped Up Kicks” became a huge hit and, as is often the case, it turned out to be one of the least likable among the ten tracks. Album mates like “Houdini”, “Colour the Walls” and “Life on the Nickel” were so much more representative of the trio's overall sound, but it was the single that propelled the album to the top of the charts.
Some noteworthy artists joined Foster the People on the radio and other audio outlets ten years ago, and here are ten others that gave us the best eleven of '11.
1. The People's Key by Bright Eyes
It would be ten years before Conor Oberst would record under this name, so fans were left with gems like “Triple Spiral” and “Jejune Stars” to content them until 2020's Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was.
2. Sky Full of Holes by Fountains of Wayne
These fifteen tracks were the last ever released by the songwriting tandem of Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger before the latter's death, leaving us with “Richie and Ruben”, “A Dip in the Ocean” and “The Summer Place.”
3. Inner Speaker by Tame Impala
Kevin Parker's debut record introduces indie fans to a bass-based sound, somehow swirling amid psychedelic electric guitars and synthesizers.
4. Self-Titled by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Finally able to leave Oasis behind him, the songwriting brother began a new era with a new and less boisterous band.
5. Codes and Keys by Death Cab For Cutie
“Stay Young Go Dancing” is a great way to close the indie band's sixth album, highlighted by the single “You Are a Tourist.”
6. Circuital by My Morning Jacket
Album six showed the Louisville alt-rock progressing well, as evidenced by “Holding on to Black Metal” and the delightful recollections on “Out of My System.”
7. The Future Is Medieval by Kaiser Chiefs
Three excellent albums preceded, so this CD was a little bit of a letdown in spite of great tunes like “Problem Solved” and “Kind of Girl You Are.”
8. All Things Bright and Beautiful by Owl City
Reaching number six on the Billboard chart, thanks to “Deer in the Headlights” and “Yacht Club,” overall it fell just short of Adam Young's first two efforts.
9. Making Mirrors by Gotye
Everyone that summer was singing “Somebody I Used To Know”, a nice companion for lesser-known tracks like “Eyes Wide Open” and “Easy Way Out.”
10. Welcome 2 My Nightmare 2 by Alice Cooper
Kesha joined Alice on “What Baby Wants”, and there are a myriad other fine pieces here like “The Congregation” and “Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever.”