"Pompeii" (CD single)
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bastille's catchy single "Pompeii" gives an insider view of the destruction of the historic city. With no iffy language, sexy stuff, or references to drugs or alcohol, the clean track is OK for tweens and up. The creepy music video also stays clean but may be a bit scary for younger kids.
What's the story?
POMPEII is the fourth single from the British band Bastille's debut album Bad Blood. The catchy song describes the fall of Pompeii from the perspective of someone living through the destruction. The music video shows the band's singer running through a city where everyone has become alien with black pupils.
Is it any good?
With a driving tribal beat and hypnotic "eh-eh-ohs" in the background, it's hard not to dance along with "Pompeii." It's incredibly catchy. But when you dig a little deeper, the song relies very heavily on cliches and loses some of its meaning after a few listens. It's a good song but probably not one that'll stay on your playlist for long.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the theme of the song. Why do you think Bastille wanted to write a song about Pompeii? Why is the town's history still so compelling today?
Do you think the music video goes with the song? Why, or why not?