There’s a bloody war occurring in Fun.’s “Some Nights” video. Director Anthony Mandler recreates images of the Civil War, which could easily represent any war in history. The premise of the cinema-like video is that war tragically takes a toll on life and love. One minute life can be as pleasant as watching horses in the pasture or dancing with a girl, as the opening scene shows, and within a flash the boys and men are off for battle.
The second single from the album of the same name follows on the heels of the No.1 Billboard hit “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae. This past Sunday the rock band along with Ms. Monae performed the fun track (no pun intended) on Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards. The imagery for “Some Nights,” like the song, is riddled with a message open for interpretation depending on the interpreter. But the indisputable premise is: war is brutal.
Similarly as taxing as physical war is an internal one with self, which seems to be much more of what Fun. is referencing when singing, “And that’s alright; I found a martyr in my bed tonight/She stops my bones from wondering just who I am, who I am, who I am/Oh, who am I? Oh, who am I?” Terrible things come from war–loss, physical wounds, the remnants of the memories. Yet even with all of the tragedies, there’s victory for the winner. With “Some Nights” Fun. has proven to be victorious.