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25 Things You Didn't Know About Foster the People

Some interesting facts about the indie-electronic band you love.

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    Foster the People formed in 2009 with Mark Foster, Mark Pontius, and Cubbie Fink.

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    Before starting the band, Mark Foster worked as a jingle writer for Mophonics in LA and penned tunes for for Muscle Milk, Honey Bunches of Oats, Cadillac & more.

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    Mark Foster also scored music for film and tv, including for Andy Dick.

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    According to USA Today, Mark Foster roomed with the late actor Brad Renfro when he first moved to LA.

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    They adapted their current band name from the original "Foster and the People" because it was mispronounced and mangled by their friends.

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    "Pumped Up Kicks" was first available as a free download from Nylon Magazine and went viral from there.
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    Drummer Mark Pontius left the band Malbec to join Foster the People.

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    Mark Foster grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to LA at 18 to pursue a music career.

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    During the band's early touring days as a live act, they did a month-long residency at The Echo nightclub in Los Angeles and according to their booking agent, hundreds of people were trying to get into each show.

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    MTV censored the lyrics to Pumped Up Kicks. Listen to what the band said about it here.

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    Cubbie Fink was once a missionary in South Africa.

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    The video for "Helena Beat" was inspired by the movie Mad Max.

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    The band Young & Sick designed the cover for Foster the People's first album and music videos for its 2nd.
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    Mark Foster was quoted in a LA Times article saying his favorite band of the last 15 years is Blur.

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    Kenny G. appeared as a guest performer for their Saturday Night Live performance of "Houdini" in October 2011.

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    Only one member of the band is married, Cubbie Fink. His wife is also a musician named Rebecca St. James.

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    Foster the People did a Reddit AMA in March 2014!

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    Cubbie Fink's real name is Jacob.

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    Foster the People commisioned a seven-story mural by friend Young & Sick on 539 S. Los Angeles Street inspired by the album cover art for Supermodel. See it here on Maps

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    Foster the People looked to The Clash and The Kinks as inspiration for their 2014 album, Supermodel.

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    Mark Foster called Supermodel a"painful record to make" and "a conversation with God" in an interview with Paste Magazine due to some personal struggles he was dealing with.

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    Artwork on the Supermodel cover includes chemical equations on the hands for the cameras, it includes milk of magnesia, silver dioxide, nicotine, cocaine. And for the hands holding up the girl it includes silver, gold, calcium carbonate, aluminum oxide, beryl, anthrax. Mark Foster talks about it here.
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    (Full artwork on the Supermodel cover)
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    Mark Foster considers the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" as the "Greatest Song Ever" See what else he has to say about it and playing with the group here.

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    "A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon" samples ASAP Rocky's LVL.

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    According to NME, Mark Foster's first gig ever, was with his high school band, in a "Pay to Play" Battle of the Bands. They had to sell tickets, or give them back, and lost a bunch of tickets! Luckily they didn't have to pay for them in the end.

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