Some Nights by Fun
Fun. Is an American pop band that is currently signed to the indie label Fueled by Ramen, in 2012 they released their second single from their second studio album titled ‘Some Nights.’ The music video for ‘Some Nights’ was released on June 4, 2012 and was produced by Poonam Sehrawat and was Directed by Anthony Mandler. The music video is a depiction of the Civil War from both sides of the lines and from different perspectives. On the Confederate side of the conflict a middle aged and rugged farmer is shown. The farmer clearly enjoys his life and the things that he has worked hard to earn. It then shows the story of two lovers from the Union. These lovers are torn apart by the Civil War being forced to separate from one another’s warm embrace.
As one watches the music video, there is a visual stimulation that works hand in hand with the strong elements of this power pop and afrobeat ballad. The influence of folk rock is apparent, and it calms the soul. This song is written in the key of C major and borrows a short lyric from Nena’s 1983 hit that was later remade by Golfinger entitled ’99 Luftballons.” This lyric is quoted “this is it boy, this is war” The song was written by the band, which is a breath of fresh air.
‘Some Nights’ differs heavily from the first single from Fun. It seems to have a more daring vocal verse, which using a form of auto tune which is very daring for a single. This shows that Fun. are here to dare us to not listen to us. As the intro ends, a marching band feeling drum comes in as chanting continues in the back ground, little riffs of heavily distorted guitar comes in from time to time before the song slows down again, which so much variation in beat and percussion, you are constantly thrown through a hoop, and are kept from being bored of the song.
Towards the end of the song, there is a short free verse where the lead singer says ‘so this is it, I sold my soul for this, wash my hands in that for this, miss my mom and dads for this?’ Doing so pulls emotion from the listener, and causes them to identify with the band, leading them to identify with the song and the song becoming a part of them.