1 Song, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers project nails a particularly triumphant strain of ’80s synth-pop. Soaring, passionate, and bursting with optimism, “Don’t Take the Money” is a tribute to the power of intuition, to turning your back on what feels easy (“the money”) in favor of what feels right. “Your hand forever’s all I want,” Antonoff pleads on the chorus, drums booming behind him and synths strobing like neon lights. “Don’t take the money/Don’t take the money.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers project nails a particularly triumphant strain of ’80s synth-pop. Soaring, passionate, and bursting with optimism, “Don’t Take the Money” is a tribute to the power of intuition, to turning your back on what feels easy (“the money”) in favor of what feels right. “Your hand forever’s all I want,” Antonoff pleads on the chorus, drums booming behind him and synths strobing like neon lights. “Don’t take the money/Don’t take the money.”

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About Bleachers

New York City-based indie rock band Bleachers is the solo project of Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff. Formed while Antonoff was touring in support of Fun.'s Grammy-nominated 2012 album, Some Nights, Bleachers' slick and emotional pop music is heavily influenced by the '80s and the high-school-based films of John Hughes, while still using modern production techniques. Their debut single, "I Wanna Get Better," was released in the spring of 2014 by RCA, with an album, Strange Desire, following that summer. The record was produced in part by John Hill and Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure), and featured appearances by Yoko Ono and Grimes. After the record's release, Antonoff put together a live band and launched a tour that lasted through much of 2015. That September, Bleachers released Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2, which featured versions of all the songs from Strange Desire performed by female artists, including Carly Rae Jepsen, Elle King, Tinashe, and Antonoff's sister Rachel. For 2017's Gone Now, which reunited Bleachers with Clarke and featured a cameo by Lorde, he took inspiration from his memories of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and his sister's death from cancer when he was 18. He recorded the album in his home studio and previewed the album in an art installation that replicated his childhood bedroom. ~ Matt Collar

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