"The Walker" is a song by the American neo soul band Fitz and The Tantrums. It is the second single from the band's second album More Than Just a Dream. The song was used in the trailers for the movies The Boxtrolls and Storks, in the trailer for video game The Sims 4, in television commercials for the 86th Academy Awards that were hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, in the 2014 Major League Baseball postseason and in commercials for Sprite,[2] Supercuts,[3] Reebok ZQuick[4] and Walmart.[5] From 2014 until the end of the 2017 season, the song was used as the opening theme to the MLB Network show High Heat, hosted by Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo. The song is also featured in the pilot episode of the FOX television sitcom Grandfathered as well as the Netflix Original Series "The Umbrella Academy". It has also been used in the soundtrack of the video game NBA 2K18.

"The Walker"
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Single by Fitz and The Tantrums
from the album More Than Just a Dream
ReleasedDecember 10, 2013[1]
FormatDigital download
Genre
Length3:53
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Tony Hoffer
Fitz and The Tantrums singles chronology
"Out of My League"
(2013)
"The Walker"
(2013)
"Fools Gold"
(2014)
Music video
"The Walker” on YouTube

Music videoEdit

The video, directed by Warren Kommers, centers around an everyman protagonist (played by Arne Gjelten) who is waiting in line outside the DMV in the sweltering summer heat (band members Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs are also seen in line). Looking increasingly agitated, he suddenly jumps out of line and begins dancing and gesturing his frustration, before storming off. The man is shown walking through the streets of Los Angeles to the beat of the song, occasionally with passerby joining in dance routines with him, and all showing similar frustrated body language and facial expressions.

The protagonist engages in other expressions of anger like punching a chunk out of a cement building, getting in an argument with a police officer who tries to ticket him for jaywalking, walking over an occupied car and dancing on the roof, kicking a boot off a car, bending a No Parking sign in half, and shouting to the sky in a dead-end alleyway. He finally returns to the DMV where he and all the other customers perform another dance routine. The video closes with the man suddenly back in line, implying the entire sequence occurred in his imagination.

Chart performanceEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alternative > Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on November 16, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  2. ^ http://ninertimes.com/2016/11/fitz-and-the-tantrums-are-coming-to-charlotte/
  3. ^ https://www.ispot.tv/ad/7acd/super-cuts-ready-to-go-crystal-song-by-fitz-and-the-tantrums
  4. ^ https://www.ispot.tv/ad/7RV3/reebok-zquick-song-by-fitz-and-the-tantrums
  5. ^ https://www.ispot.tv/ad/ACMu/walmart-hot-wings-song-by-fitz-and-the-tantrums
  6. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 10 March 2014" (PDF) (1254). Australian Recording Industry Association. Pandora Archive. March 10, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "Fitz and the Tantrums Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Fitz and the Tantrums Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  9. ^ "Fitz and the Tantrums Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Fitz and the Tantrums Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Fitz and the Tantrums Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  12. ^ "Fitz and the Tantrums Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  13. ^ "Fitz and the Tantrums Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  14. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  16. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  17. ^ "Adult Pop Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  18. ^ "Alternative Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Fitz & the Tantrums – The Walker". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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