What's Next for Fun.? Next Single Has Paul Simon Roots
With "We Are Young," the first single from its sophomore album holding the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, fun. hopes to keep the momentum going with its successor, the title track from the "Some Nights" album.
Frontman Nate Ruess tells Billboard that it was a case where the title actually came before the song. "I think we were somewhere in Scotland, touring, and I told the guys, 'Hey, check it out. I want to call the album 'Some Nights,'" Ruess recalls. "I had no idea where that came from, but they were like, 'That is a fantastic name for an album!' So I had to start figuring out what that meant for me and write a song about it."
Ruess says he settled into a lyrical idea about "just being someone different on any given night," while he drew on a variety of sources for the musical end of the song. "I was thinking about 'Graceland,' the Paul Simon album, for some reason. I had the chorus for the song and I didn't know what I was going to do with the verse, and I remember writing down, 'This will be the best song you've ever written' and was like, 'Alright. I guess I kind of have to challenge myself...' As soon as I felt it was an entire song I showed it to the guys and they were just like, 'We got it, let's go,' which was really exciting. That was the case for the entire album, too; I never had to explain myself. But ('Some Nights') was the first song that really happened for, and it kind of showed me that we were moving as one for the whole album."
Ruess knows "Some Nights" has a formidable task following up the Janelle Monae-featuring "We Are Young," however. Clearly "stoked" by the single's success and the band's raised profile because of it, he's quick to give props to fun.'s new association with Fueled By Ramen for breaking the song in a big way.
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