fun. (former members of The Format) - Aim and Ignite

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oh and they did a whole video for the intro, which, yeah

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

I really, really like this album.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

But, yeah, "We Are Young" is actually one of my least favorite songs on here.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 24 February 2012 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

this band is going to blow up aren't they, they are the new Killers.

Bee OK, Saturday, 25 February 2012 06:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I saw them last night at the Independent (medium-sized club in SF), and it was this really cool vibe of a band that is playing the last of their club-sized gigs right as they are blowing up. Everyone onstage had a huge grin on their face; the crowd was singing along, etc. Great time.

schwantz, Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

still really love this album.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 13 April 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

me too

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Friday, 13 April 2012 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

weird, did not know dudes from the format were in this, lol

J0rdan S., Friday, 13 April 2012 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

just the singer, really

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Friday, 13 April 2012 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

the other dude from the format is off doing soundtrack work i think

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Friday, 13 April 2012 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

so they're the ones who do that song

and they're called fun

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Friday, 13 April 2012 19:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah.

record's hard for me to think or talk about because a lot of the lyrics hit kind of close to home (see also folie a deux, which, speaking of, the strange meld of third wave emo with pop forms is also totally on exhibit here)

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Friday, 13 April 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like "we are young", such an undeniable anthem, and have now listened to a few other songs on allmusic's recommendations: "some nights", "carry on", "all alone". yeah, folie a deux is an obvious comparison point, along with the patrick stump solo joint, which never quite clicked for me. such a weird pileup of influences & connections here: freddy mercury & queen, grizzly bear, paul simon (???), pop emo in general, and god knows what else. pretty impressive, but maybe a little rich for my blood.

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Friday, 13 April 2012 19:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

top comment on the "some nights" tube i watched:

somehow this reminds me of The Lion king <3

otm

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Friday, 13 April 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

the only way "we are young" could be any more cliched and awful would be if "set the world on fiii-yuh" rhymed with "our des-yuh"

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Friday, 13 April 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

"desir-yuh" i meant

but hey every pop generation needs its cheesy "anthems"

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Friday, 13 April 2012 20:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

\paul simon (???)

I made this too - Some Nights is copped from Cecilia, with a patina of Little River Band. all by way of Queen of course.

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 13 April 2012 21:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

m coleman otm

some dude, Saturday, 14 April 2012 00:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

feel like what i like about the song is how the cliches sort of bounce off of the verses which are very specific

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 April 2012 04:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

well they do feel like 2 different songs

some dude, Saturday, 14 April 2012 08:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I appreciate that fun. are listed 41st here even as they have the #1 hit in the country.

http://lineup.lollapalooza.com/

The Reverend, Saturday, 14 April 2012 08:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Forcing myself to listen to it sans visual, lest the product placement distract me from its musical riches. I almost was ready to accept Paul Simon but I'd say it's closer to Don McLean.

da croupier, Saturday, 14 April 2012 12:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

The guy's voice sounds so terrible.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 14 April 2012 12:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

feel like i hated his voice when i first listened to the format but then i warmed to it extremely. anyway.

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 April 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

here is a great song from this record

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 April 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

the lyrics to "We Are Young" are terrible

Poliopolice, Saturday, 14 April 2012 17:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

eh, same goes for a lot of shit i like. they're no more terrible than AC/DC lyrics or whatever. just a lot more earnest. and earnest isn't cool, so...

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Saturday, 14 April 2012 18:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

sigh, if only people could get over themselves and appreciate earnest Windows 8 ads.

da croupier, Saturday, 14 April 2012 18:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

tonight
we are young
play your video gaaaames

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 April 2012 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm supposed to sneer at music used in ads now? fuck that, i like the stooges.

BEMORE SUPER FABBY (contenderizer), Saturday, 14 April 2012 23:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm referring to the ad in the video

da croupier, Saturday, 14 April 2012 23:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

and i really only sneer at product placement when people flatter themselves with crap like "they're no more terrible than AC/DC lyrics or whatever. just a lot more earnest. and earnest isn't cool, so..."

da croupier, Saturday, 14 April 2012 23:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Someone probably said this already, but the Glee performance of We Are Young is better than the original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ul-pLYo5MJ8

About 3 years ago I sent a couple friends to a Steel Train show in Brooklyn (Steel Train toured with various Daycadence bands for a while, so there's your Fall Out Boy connection) where Jack Antonoff, who was the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist in Steel Train then and is the guitarist in .fun now, did Queen's "Under Pressure" together with Nate.

I'm bringing this up because "Under Pressure" sums up the vibe of fun. - no? Especially at their live shows, where between Nate's histrionic Queen vocals and Jack's... presence (he's not the best singer or composer but he is a great "mood setter") there is so much nervous energy it infects everyone. Once you learn to associate the sound/vocals with that feeling, you learn to love the vocals.

Here's an interview where you can see "nervous energy" in action, also fun.'s great keyboardist who I suspect is like Jamie XX, the person who actually "composes" their music:

In the future of DIY pop music, you only need good vocals and an interesting beat? (And good lyrics. Nate is a very very good lyricist.)

<i>This sounds like The Lion King <3</i>

Dunno how far to credit this but wikipedia sez Steel Train's former lead singer played Young Simba in the Broadway version of The Lion King. So this message... especially with the heart... it's probably from a longtime fan.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 15 April 2012 00:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

https://soundcloud.com/bleachers/i-wanna-get-better

schwantz, Tuesday, 18 February 2014 20:48 (8 months ago) Permalink

bleachers song is very in the mode of "one foot." kinda into it.

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 18 February 2014 21:01 (8 months ago) Permalink


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