Album: The Presidents of the United States of America (1995)
Charted: 15 21

Songfacts®:

  • This song follows the story of a girl named (or nicknamed) Lump. Her life seems to be a waste, and she comes off as someone who is easily taken advantage of.
  • Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of this song called "Gump," and wrote the entire thing about the movie Forrest Gump.
  • A track from PUSA's first album, this was a huge hit for the group, but in the United States the single was not available for purchase, making it ineligible for the Hot 100 chart. It did go to #21 on the Billboard Airplay chart, and also topped their Modern Rock chart. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bert - Pueblo, NM, for all above
  • The Presidents of the United States of America are from Seattle, and when this song took off, a popular narrative was that their arrival signaled the end of Grunge and a homogenization of the Seattle sound. Chris Cornell came to the band's defense, explaining that the city has always had groups representing a wide array of musical genres, but any that weren't Grunge got overlooked in the early to mid-'90s.
  • The song is short and sweet, clocking in at just 2:14. Around this same time, Weezer was on the charts with one of their quirky hits: "Buddy Holly," which runs 2:39.

Comments: 3

  • Megan from Stevenson, AlOMG!!! I love this song! Totally grew up to these guys!
  • Adrian from Houston, United Kingdom"Weird Al" Yankovic made a parody of this song called, "Gump"
  • Bertrand from Paris, FranceIn the onslaught of Seattle bands after the grunge revolution, the humorous approach of Presidents Of the United States Of America is unique. "Lump" is punk in instrumental style, but it is as insanely catchy as bubblegum pop.
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