Heathens

Album: Suicide Squad (2016)
Charted: 5 2

Songfacts®:

  • Twenty One Pilots have a very close-knit fan base called the Skeleton Clique. Frontman Tyler Joseph gives a warning here to the Skeleton Clique not to pass judgment on the "heathen" outsiders joining in as a result of the duo's increased popularity.
  • The eerie song was released as the lead single from the official soundtrack for the Suicide Squad movie, a film centred around DC Comics' classic supervillains.
  • The video shows the Twenty One Pilots duo of Tyler Joseph on bass guitar and Josh Dun on drums, rocking the high-security penitentiary that's packed with the Suicide Squad cast.

    It turns out the pair wanted to pay tribute to one of the most famous prison concerts of all. "We were trying to give a very subtle nod to Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison performance," Twenty One Pilots stylist Amanda Valentine told Billboard magazine. "You can barely just make out the bolo tie."
  • Twenty One Pilots wrote this specifically for the Suicide Squad film. Tyler Joseph told Radio.com: "I met with David Ayer, the director, and he kind of showed me some ideas, and some clips [from the film]. I'd never really written a song for a movie before, so it was a new experience. Especially the part where you show the movie company the idea, and you get a 'Yes' or 'No' back. Like, whether or not you're good enough. For us, we make a song, and if we like it, it goes on a record. So I was a little worried about that part. I kind of prepared myself for it to be a 'no.'"

    "We made sure that we wrote a song that would make sense for our band; it was a Twenty One Pilots song. I wasn't going to waste my time," Joseph continued. "So, they said yes, and they dug it. It seemed to fit with the theme of the movie, and also what we go for."
  • This won for Best Rock Video at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

Comments: 1

  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesThis is quite cool Only Twenty-one pilots voice is low But They are my jam! Yeah I hear this on Suicide Squad Movie

    I love the lyrics I keep listening to this even now its 2020!
    Very BadAss MUSIC ;-)
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