This individuality anthem was released as the second single from Fitz and The Tantrums' More Than Just a Dream album.
"Crazy's what they think about me
Ain't gonna stop because they tell me so.
Cuz 99 miles per hour baby,
Is how fast that I like to go."
The song is a celebration of marching to a different beat.
Ellen DeGeneres is a big fan of the song. It was featured as the backdrop to her one-take Oscar trailer and the chat show host invited Fitz and The Tantrums onto her show for a special birthday performance of the tune.
The song's sassy lyrical content about walking to the sound of one's own drum and its upbeat instrumentation makes it perfect for media placement. Its appearances include soundtracking the beginning of the Season 3 Episode 9 episode of Suits plus featuring in the 2013 film Identity Thief.
Frontman Michael Fitzpatrick told Billboard magazine the story of the song: "That song started late at night when I'd come up with this annoyingly catchy whistle riff, and I was like, 'Wow, that's like crack cocaine,'" he recalled. "What we've always done is gone out and road-tested the songs even before the records came out, and you could just tell that this one had that magic around it."
The song immortalizes the late Dr. Marc Abrams, who famously could be seen walking every day on the East Side of LA and passed away on July 22, 2010. Fitzpatrick explained he was known around Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood for, "speedwalking around in little short shirts, no shirt on, leather-tanned skin with a newspaper, morning, noon and night."
"I never knew when the guy practiced medicine because all I ever saw was him walking around, every day," Fitzpatrick added. "So we took him as our hero character for the song to explore the idea of just what people's perceptions of someone can be and just having the courage to walk to the beat of your own drum, the sort of dark underbelly of what obsession and compulsion can mean."