You know you’ve made it when a parody of one of your singles goes viral. Nobody is going to spoof a song that the whole world isn’t familiar with, right?
That’s just what happened to Fun. recently, when their smash hit “We Are Young” (ft. Janelle Monáe) was turned into an anthem for Generation X by Yahoo!’s “Sketchy” comedy series, entitled “We’re Not Young”, making the indie pop band an official pop culture phenomenon.
The band’s status was further cemented last night, when they had the distinguished honor of opening the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. Again, if you are asked to be the opening act for an awards ceremony celebrating movies, you definitely have to be doing something right.
The New York-based indie band, fronted by Nate Ruess, has been making fantastic music together for four years now. Their debut album, Aim and Ignite, was an indie success, with many critics praising the group’s ability to harness that true pop sound. Words like “essential”, “progressive”, “theatrical”, and “consistent” were used to describe their album, but it peaked at only #71 on the charts.
But then, the group hit the road, performing alongside such acts as Jack’s Mannequin, Relient K, Panic! at the Disco, and Paramore, and they released their second album, Some Nights, in February. Once “We Are Young” started popping up in almost a dozen TV shows and commercials, the band went from indie to bona fide #1 artists, with the song topping the charts in March.
Just a couple hours ago, Fun. released a music video for their newest single, “Some Nights”, on MTV. If you enjoyed the “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries from last week, then you’ll definitely dig this clip as well. The entire video takes place during the Civil War, with Ruess dressed in full Union Army garb and rallying the troops with the power of the song’s lyrics. The song itself certainly reminds you of the time period, with fiddles and that familiar drum cadence. Like, “We Are Young”, this song can easily become the battle cry of a generation as well! Check out “Some Nights” below: