Fitz and the Tantrums stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a very special birthday performance of their hit song, "The Walker." It was her birthday, so DeGeneres should have been the star, but these pop rockers completely stole the show with their energy and perfect performance.
Ellen invited the band onto her show as part of her birthday celebration because she clearly seems to love them. Not only did she want them as her guests, but she also specifically chose "The Walker" for the backing music in her Oscar commercial. These days, you can't get a bigger endorsement than some love from the Cover Girl herself.
We completely agree with her affection for the band, and we think the song is the perfect choice to be the soundtrack of DeGeneres' commercial and her birthday. DeGeneres has walked to the beat of her own drum since she first came into the spotlight. As one of the first publicly gay women in Hollywood, she had to clear a path not just for herself but for those in similar situations — and she did just that. We currently live in a world that tries to tell us we need to all act the same way and march to the same beat, but "The Walker" is an absolute celebration of doing just the opposite of that.
Check out these lyrics:
Can't keep up with my rhythm
Though they keep trying.
Too quick for the lines they throw.
I walk to the sound of my own drum,
It goes, they go, we go, hey yeah yeah yeah.
Everything about this Los Angeles–based band is fabulous. From their unique lack of guitar and their amazing brass section to their infinitely sassy style, Fitz and the Tantrums knows how to get a party started. "The Walker" especially melts our mind with the way it mixes whistling with synthy, party-ready keys. If "The Walker" had existed when we were in high school, we wouldn't have skipped so many pep rallies. This is exactly what those riotous shows of mandatory school spirit always needed.
Scratch that. "The Walker" is exactly what planet Earth needs. Put on some flashy pants, put on "The Walker" and find your paths, people!
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