Owl City's Adam Young is a Wuss (And Here's Proof)

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Sara Kiesling

I've been a fan of Owl City since waaaay back in spring, long before everyone and their moms became fans, before the project started getting play on Top 40 radio stations and before he sold out Martini Ranch last weekend.

And I bought Owl City's current album, Ocean Eyes, even though vocalist/programmer Adam Young is a total rip-off of The Postal Service's Ben Gibbard. It was mostly for his beats, which are sweet little melodies that sound like lullabies - -ironic, considering Young wrote most of his material during bouts of insomnia.

While I love the music, though, the lyrics pain me because they're so freaking wimpy. In "The Bird and the Worm," he sings the joys of picking apples. In "Dental Care," he croons, "I'd rather pick flowers instead of fights." And he outright admits in "Cave In" that his backbone is paper thin.

He's even more of a lovable wuss in his current single, the sickeningly sweet, Fireflies. He sings: "'I'd get 1,000 hugs from 10,000 lightning bugs."

Awwww. Now there is something to be sad about. Only 1,000, Adam? The fireflies don't even want to hug you? They're tired of your pussy lyrics, too?

He then admits he would cry when the lightning bugs leave. The boy doesn't even have enough self-esteem to get over insects who don't want to touch him. If that's not emo, I don't know what is.

I am all about sensitive partners and am pro-peace and would love for the world to be all happy and sunshine and rainbows all the time. But I can't help but throw up in my mouth a little bit every time I listen to Owl City. I'm going to keep playing his music, but Young is too much of a sad puppy dog to ever win us over with those fairytale lyrics.

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Rife
Rife

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but if you can't look past these simple lyrics to find the deeper meanings of having the fear of being alone, enjoy simplistic moments and just the overall theme of LOVE that his songs have, then you're just a mindless zombie enjoying sound. So for future reference, when publicly posting personal opinions, avoid the terms "we" and "us" and speak for yourself.

untitled
untitled

oh hey, also, you just put people in a bad mood. Did you think this would bring joy to people? they really want to know what YOU think about this man? no. No one cares. in my opinion, you wasted your time. I just wish i could help you. All you seem to see in his music are the things that you find negative. And they are anything but negative. Adam has a beautiful and inspiring mind. Though I don't know him personally, I think he would look at what you wrote about him and shake his head, muttering something along the lines of, "Oh, neurotypicals. Lord bless them."


untitled
untitled

You have problems so severe i pity you. if only you could understand what an amazing genius Adam is. You should try to open your mind and while you have the right to bash on people, i think it is sick.

toby-lau
toby-lau

Hey dude,

no one asked you

jfdl
jfdl

HEY YOU ASSFUCKER! GET A LIFE!

ADAM YOUNG IS AWESOME.

NOW GO GET YOUR FUCKING SON WHO RIDES A FUCKING TRICYCLE TO FUCK YOU IN THE ASS, YOU FUCKFACE!

he_who_must_not_be
he_who_must_not_be

At least Adam doesn't rap about how much money he's making or the drugs he's taking or bitches he's raping.  I'd take dreams and reverie any day compared to that shit.

yupyupyup
yupyupyup

Writing isn't about saying everything you have to say, straightforward, plain and simple. That is why we have metaphors, similes, analogies, FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE.

Not everything in a song can be taken seriously. It means something, something real, that Adam's creative mind was able to conjure up.

kel.carpio
kel.carpio

hi im john michael carpio from philippines i am a big fan of yours i am proud to be your biggest fan whooooo !!!!!!!!!!! owl city forever!!!!!!!!!

 

donny.benavidez
donny.benavidez

For all you OC haters out there, you all need to get your heads examined!  His lyrics are genius and his songs are so happy and uplifting.  Adam is the man, and he's such an original lyricist.  I <3 you Adam ;)

donny.benavidez
donny.benavidez

Owl City is the greatest musician of our time!  He is a visionary and I can listen to all of his albums front to back!

pufferfish9108
pufferfish9108

plus, in Adam's new album, 'The Midsummer Station', he has the lyrics "high explosives, dynamite... a hot mess in a dress gets the best of me" so you are totally invalid.

pufferfish9108
pufferfish9108

Okay first, Adam young is not really ripping off Ben Gibbard.  Just because two people you know have similar music, that doesn't mean that there are hundreds that you don't know of.  Thats like saying that onerepublic is ripping off coldplay.     Second, just because you don't like other artists lyrics, that doesn't mean you need to hate, but, the saying is 'haters gonna hate' so ill just go with this:

 You're jealous that other people are better than you at anything, and you are so narcissistic that you believe yourself.  As a singer/songwriter myself, I know that i am good, but not great.  I always will have at least a hundred thousand more rungs on the ladder to where Adam Young is.  So, to sum this up, you're a narcissist who doesn't have the self esteem, or self control to stop yourself from going onto a website and writing an article about something you have no fucking idea about.  

maybe you could become a REAL writer and write a REAL article to an audience that is REAL, not in your "paper thin" brain.        

boberito11
boberito11

1) wtf is wrong with picking apples?

2) flowers don't break your jaw, fights do.

3) his backbone might be paper thin, but you're missing one entirely.

4) next time you see 10,00 fireflies, I dare you to count hugs. Because when you get to 1000 it doesn't really matter anymore. 

5) if 10,000 glowing bugs hugged me and danced with me, I'd cry when they leave too. Do you have no soul?

6) Just because the world isn't sunshine and lollipops doesn't mean that it's a desolate wasteland of death and despair. Young portrays the kinder side of earth in his music in hopes to show the world just that.

 

**not bashing opinions here, just clearing up some things**

 

Radierboy105
Radierboy105

LOL omg this is hilarious. Fireflies like touching people? You need to stfu and listen to his songs and understand his symbolism. omg look a caterpillar touched me I'm so popular and I get your respect! That was sarcasm by the way if you didnt get that either.

Shmoo
Shmoo

Why, for the love of God, is it that when people dislike someone &/or their work, they're accused of being "jealous"? Honestly, do fans not have anything more poignant or clever to say to people who don't share their POV? I hate the Twilight series, does that automatically make me jealous of Stephanie Meyer? No, it just means that I think her story-writing skills are crap, just as I think Owl City's music is crap. It's just an opinion, so don't get your panties up in a bunch, kay?

Arle
Arle

Dude, you need to calm down, like seriously. so what if he likes writing about simple or peaceful things? Also, learn how to write a decent article, as opposed to this bitchfit.

Kathy_Fick
Kathy_Fick

I love Adam so much! And note 2 Adam: you may not be reading this but someday i hope u reply! But i will always be ur BIGGEST fan!

Sjdhjg
Sjdhjg

You should maybe know that the song doesnt have to be literal or even about who you really are. There is also a lot of symbolism in his music. (btw, I have a major crush on him.)

Me
Me

 FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Me
Me

 FUCK YOU

Guest
Guest

Hey, you sir/ma'am? Can you stop pretending you know everything?  Maybe people like those lyrics. Maybe not all people as perfect as you want them to be and don't fit the world's standards. I like his lyrics because he can admit to the world that he may not be as strong, per se. All guys have feelings like that(not just the gay people, so don't use that as a comeback), just some don't feel like showing it the way adam does. Ok? So please, I beg of you. How about you stop critisizing people for writing the way they want to. How about you write a song, huh? I bet you it won't be as good. 

TK
TK

You think Adam Young is wimpy? you must be so brave and daring for blogging about it.

brittd2012
brittd2012

Adam Young is not a wuss. He has feelings and writes very deep lyrics. He has millions of fans that love his music and he has become very popular. So take a chill pill and quit complaining. You are the one that sounds like a wuss.

Bloodypocky15
Bloodypocky15

we al know ths was written by a girl... cuz they know nothing about guys

Brianjin
Brianjin

u idiot we all have thin backbones and are all secretly wimps stop being arrogant bastard and find the symbols in his songs!!

Photoncody
Photoncody

Hey fuckface, still 2 years later... And people like me still like his music.

Lucky Clovers
Lucky Clovers

HEY ASSHAT WHO WROTE THIS ARTICLE!HE HAS A FUCKING GIRLFRIEND UNLIKE YOU!PLUS WOMEN ACTUALLY LIKE EMOTIONAL MEN!

Lucky Clovers
Lucky Clovers

Hes ass hat who wrote this article guess what?HE HAS A GIRL FRIEND UNLIKE YOU!Plus women actually LIKE men with emotions.

Owl Citizen
Owl Citizen

If u do not like ''fireflies'' den dont listen to it. u dont have post a stupid comment about Adam.

Jarell
Jarell

Excuse me, "Fireflies giving hugs?" dude you should always listen to Fireflies, that sentence the the fireflies is giving a hugs represents something! You have to understand the song, do just listen and said" oh that's the meaning!" You have to look beyond your eyes to understand the song.. Having a mind like that seems to come from another song right? Owl City expresses it's meaning beyond the song.. Dude understand the song okay?

Kiyo
Kiyo

Wow, nice way to take lyrics literally. Ever heard of inferring? Music is just like poetry; most of it won't make sense until you think about it.

Miles
Miles

I have aspergers and I'm as introverted as he is, and I can honestly say that when you call us wusses or pussies that your not wrong, but do you think we honestly care?, Seriously your telling us something that we know already and we don't care because we enjoy what we do and we get on with our lives, many with aspergers or acute introverted personalities will take offence from this.

asdfghjkl;
asdfghjkl;

Lol, at least he's on the top, kid. You've got nothing on him. Get over yourself.

Jeffjeffjeff3jeffjeffjeff
Jeffjeffjeff3jeffjeffjeff

poser... "been a fan of Owl City since waaaay back in spring, longbefore everyone and their moms became fans..." first off no one cares and ur just like every other bandwagon jumper. ur just mad bc u didnt find him first

Christ
Christ

Adam young is a genius, and the only wuss here is you dude <.<

You suck
You suck

Bruh you a douch his music is way better than anything you would ever make.

Haleybassetineo
Haleybassetineo

Just because a guy is sensitive, does NOT mean that he's a pussy, I bet you've never hugged fireflies. But the reason you don't understand that his lyrics aren't puss, but more of a deeper, emotional level, is because your skull is too thick to understand it. Grow up.

Anonymous
Anonymous

1. It seems like the author of this article cannot understand figurative language and has absolutely no imagination or creativity whatsoever.2. Owl City lyrics are not to be taken literally. At all. 3. The writer hasn't done any research on Adam Young or read his response to the questions about how Owl City is like The Postal Service. 4. Owl City spreads optimism, not try to make the world sound like there is nothing wrong with it.5. If the author had actually done research on Adam Young, read his tweets on Twitter, learned about his past life, and especially listened to his old music from the countless projects he has done, then they'd know that Adam is actually just really normal and he has had his problems in life, and he's expressed them through his music. Depressing yet good music.6. What's wrong with picking apples or not wanting to pick fights? I've seen men enjoy apple-picking, you know. And not all men want to pick a fight. Those who don't care what others think of them are actually braver than those who try to act tough, because they ARE afraid of what everyone else thinks.7. Like I said, Owl City lyrics should not be taken literally! JUST GO LOOK UP THE MEANING OF THE SONGS "CAVE IN" AND "FIREFLIES"8. Adam doesn't have self-esteem? Ha, you're so funny. If he had no self-esteem, then he wouldn't have gotten this far, would he? 9.The author is obviously does not think a lot, do they? So used to having songs just laid out in front of you with no poetry and no thinking required. Adam is not talking about sunshine and rainbows. He is talking about life! 10. He's not trying to win us over. It's very clear that he is a humble person. He didn't get a big head after "Fireflies" became a hit. He was just thankful for having that happen to him and he felt honored. He didn't move off to Hollywood and live in an expensive house. He's a very down-to-earth guy. He wears the same shirts in most videos and pictures of him, and ALWAYS the same sneakers. Many Hollywood celebs wear an article of clothing only once and then stuff it at the back of their million-dollar wardrobe. 11. Adam is a way better role model. He doesn't drink, take drugs, or even curse. Just because his lyrics aren't about sex, partying, drugs, and lust doesn't mean he isn't a good artists. The artists who have only those topics to talk about really are terrible and unimaginative.12. Why is this article even here? It's based on the author's opinion! It's completely biased! The author didn't interview random people and asked what they thought of Owl City. He (or she) didn't read about how Adam's music had saved many people from committing suicide, drawn people like myself out of depression, and given people hope. That's the point of Owl City. To bring hope and optimism to people who desperately need it. If you think someone who's saved countless lives is a wuss, then you need to reevaluate.

Anonymous
Anonymous

 @pufferfish9108 Which is exactly why his new music sucks. The old lyrics were artistic and unique, as was the music, but the new stuff is just the same beats from the same producers, same boring lyrics as every other pop song, and basically the same boring music you hear on top 40 radio stations.

hammermanisme
hammermanisme

HE IS AWESOME YOU MOTHERFUCKERS. FUCK YOU. SON OF A BITCH, ADAM YOUNG IS AWESOME. KARMA WILL COME BACK AND FUCK YOU IN THE ASS

FUCK THIS CRAPPY SHIT THAT YOU FUCKING SON ON A BITCHING TRICYCLE. FUCK YOU AGAIN. MAY ALL THE SHITTY CRAP IN THE WORLD BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR.

Lucky Clovers
Lucky Clovers

kiyo, you are awesome.. lets hope this asshat stops hating on adam!

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