Rollercoaster

Album: Strange Desire (2014)
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  • This song finds Jack Antonoff looking to channel his inner Springsteen. He told Radio.com the track was his attempt at making his own modern version of his fellow New Jersey native's 1984 hit tune, "Dancing In The Dark." "He's like the greatest songwriter in history, ever," Antonoff said of Springsteen. "He's just unapologetic and not afraid to make you dance or make you cry."
  • The song's music video was filmed by writer/director Richard Shephard (Dom Hemingway, The Matador, The Hunting Party). Antonoff knew the writer/director from the eight Girls episodes he'd helmed. (Antonoff's girlfriend Lena Dunham is the creator, writer and co-star of The HBO series.)

    It was Antonoff who came to Shephard with the concept of the band playing on top of a van without realizing how dangerous that would be. "The idea of getting on top of a car and playing on a highway felt distinctly '90s in a way that excited me about videos I saw growing up. Didn't think it would be acutely dangerous — the brakes ended up going out and we literally almost died," Antonoff said via Pitchfork. "There's something special about almost dying for a video."

    "Beyond that, 'Rollercoaster' was written while I was driving home on the NJ turnpike," he added. "The song always felt like driving on a highway to me sonically."
  • The track soundtracks a commercial for Chase Bank's integration of Apple Pay. We see Jack Antonoff getting a haircut and the band eating tacos. Both are paid for using the mobile payment system via the iPhone 6.
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