Pretty Time Bomb

Album: Push Any Button (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Sam Phillips was "taking a swing at celebrity culture" with this song, trying to get people to connect with something other than their television sets. She explained in an interview with Patheos.com:

    "I think one of the things that I've felt strongly about is not to preach, but to inspire and offer an alternative instead - to say: 'There's something else. Look over here, you might find something else.' Because our culture is so success and money-oriented, and the music business is, too. I think we all know this in a sense, but we're still on the hamster wheel even though money doesn't guarantee abundance or happiness or joy.

    I think art reminds us of this. Being inspired by and lost in a song, painting, poem, story, or performance can be one of the richest experiences in life. It's such a release from all the push for us to buy things and to be what we're not."
  • The Push Any Button album, inspired by the '50s and '60s era of pop music, was nearly named after this song until the tragic Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013 prompted Phillips to change her mind. She told Examiner.com about the inspiration behind the current album title: "I was trying to connect it to the 20th Century - when you think about it, there aren't many mechanical buttons to 'push' anymore, as we're living in the electronic age. I feel like these songs were pulled from the jukebox in my mind."

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