During the last two decades, aging punk rocker Vernon, has spent much of his time in the pub whilst living off his high-flying wife! Now, following a particularly nasty divorce, middle-aged divorcée Vernon moves into the student accommodation with his teenage kids, much to their disgust and dismay, in order to carry on living his rebellious (so he thinks) lifestyle.
Runtime: 30 minutes
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“Pumped Up Kicks” is a song by American indie pop band Foster the People. It was released as the group's debut single in September 2010, and the following year was included on their EP Foster the People and their debut album, Torches. “Pumped Up Kicks” became the group's breakthrough hit and was one of the most popular songs of 2011. The song was written and recorded by frontman Mark Foster while he was working as a commercial jingle writer. Contrasting with the upbeat musical composition, the lyrics describe the homicidal thoughts of a troubled youth. The track received considerable attention after it was posted online in 2010 as a free download, and it helped the group garner a multi-album record deal with Columbia Records imprint Startime International. “Pumped Up Kicks” proved to be a sleeper hit; in 2011, after receiving significant airplay on modern rock stations, the song crossed-over onto contemporary hit radio stations. The song spent eight consecutive weeks at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, making it the first Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single to crack the U.S. top 5 since Kings of Leon's “Use Somebody” in 2009. The song was widely praised by critics, and it has been licensed for use in a wide range of popular media since its release. “Pumped Up Kicks” received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
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“Pumped Up Kicks” drew considerable attention online after Foster posted the song on his website as a free download in early 2010; Nylon magazine used the track in an online advertising campaign, and through various blogs, it went viral. Foster the People first performed the song live at the Stand Up Charity Benefit in Venice in February. The group, yet to be signed, garnered buzz with performances at the South by Southwest music festival in March. Foster was emailed by many people about the song, and needing professional guidance, he contacted artist manager Brent Kredel at Monotone, Inc., saying, “Everyone is calling me and emailing me—what do I do? Who are the good guys, who are the bad guys?” Kredel recalled that “He went from the guy who couldn't get a hold of anyone to being the guy who had hundreds of emails in his inbox.” Kredel and Brett Williams were subsequently hired to co-manage Foster the People, and they helped the group get a multi-album record deal with Columbia Records imprint Startime International in May 2010. Wishing to release a record that would back up the song's success, the group wrote new material between July–September 2010. “Pumped Up Kicks” was licensed for use in a July 2010 episode of the TV series Entourage, the first of many instances in which Foster the People's music was licensed in popular media. The song received its first widespread radio play that month on Sirius XM's Alt Nation channel and the Australian radio station Triple J. The song was released as their debut single on September 14, 2010. In November, the University of Maryland's radio station WMUC played the song, marking its debut on US terrestrial radio. The song placed at number 32 in the Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2010, a notable achievement due to the band being relatively unknown in Australia. Still, the group was inexperienced as a live act, and as a result, their booking agent Tom Windish secured them several club shows “to help them get their sea legs.” Foster the People promoted these concerts in January 2011 by emailing fans who had downloaded “Pumped Up Kicks” from their website, notifying them of the shows. The group continued to grow its fanbase with a month-long residency of concerts in January at The Echo nightclub in Los Angeles. By the group's third show at the venue, according to Windish, “there were hundreds of people trying to get in outside... It was an obvious turning point that could be measured in numbers.”
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