Music: OneRepublic

From left to right: Eddie Fisher, Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Drew Brown.

"Everything that kills me makes me feel alive!"

OneRepublic is a pop-rock band from Colorado. They formed in 2002 and achieved success after "Apologize", the lead single from their debut album Dreaming Out Loud, was remixed by Timbaland.

Principal Members (current members are in italics, founding members are in bold):

  • Ryan Tedder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, bass guitar, tambourine
  • Zach Filkins - lead guitar, viola, backing vocals
  • Drew Brown - rhythm guitar, piano, backing vocals
  • Jerrod Bettis - drums
  • Tim Meyers - bass guitar
  • Eddie Fisher - drums
  • Brent Kutzle - bass guitar, cello, guitar, piano, backing vocals

Discography:

  • Dreaming Out Loud (2007)
  • Waking Up (2009)
  • Native (2013, reissued 2014)


"I'm holding on your tropes/Got me ten feet off the ground":

  • Audience Participation: "Something I Need" and often "Apologize".
  • Album Title Drop: In "Come Home" for Dreaming Out Loud.
  • Animal Motifs: The "Native" album cover features five animals, each one representing a member of the band: Ryan Tedder=fox; Eddie Fisher=puma; Drew Brown=owl; Brent Kutzle=gazelle; and Zach Filkins=bison.
    • Some of these animals appear on the covers for "Counting Stars", "Something I Need" and "Love Runs Out" as well. At last, the "If I Lose Myself" video features these animals prominently.
  • Badass Boast: Parodied in "Everybody Loves Me".
  • Badass Longcoat: Ryan Tedder wears one in the "Love Runs Out" video.
  • Book Ends: In "Apologize": "I'm holding on your rope/Got me ten feet off the ground" is repeated at the beginning and end of the song.
  • Breakup Song: They have a few, starting with "Apologize".
  • Cheap Heat: The lyrics of "Good Life" are frequently changed. Colorado can be changed to Carolina, San Francisco, Chicago, etc.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the video for "Something I Need", the hashtags "#BLESSED" and "#WINNING" appear when the man is being attacked by the dog (and spitting blood in the second instance).
  • Fading into the Next Song: Preacher into Don't Look Down
  • Genre-Busting: Quoth Ryan Tedder: "We're no respecter of genre. If it's a good song or a good artist whether rock, pop, indie or hip hop, they've probably influenced us on some level...nothing's new under the sun, we're a sum of a bunch of parts."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The two instances of "bullshit" in "Good Life" got past some radio stations when the song first came out.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In "Love Runs Out", "Got an angel on my shoulder, and Mephistopheles".
  • Kids Rock: "Made For You" uses a children's choir.
  • Love at First Sight: The guy and the girl in "Something I Need".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "All The Right Moves" sounds quite happy, but the lyrics are depressing.
    • Also "If I Lose Myself". It is a peppy and soothing song about (according to Word of God) being about to die in a falling airplane.
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch: The videos for "Something I Need" and "Love Runs Out" have nothing to do with the songs.
  • Market-Based Title: A minor one; "Apologize" was given the British English spelling "Apologise" in some countries.
  • Masquerade Ball: The video for "All The Right Moves" is set here.
  • Money to Burn: "Counting Stars" has "Make that money, watch it burn".
  • Not Christian Rock: According to The Other Wiki, despite being a Christian, Ryan Tedder does not want to be labeled as a "Christian artist". He has on one arm a tattoo written in old Japanese which he got while he was in Osaka, meaning "God's will" and literally means "God gives and God takes".
  • Rejected Apology: "Apologize" is about this trope, and provides the page quote.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Counting Stars" and "Good Life".
  • Silly Love Songs: "What You Wanted", "Feel Again", "All This Time", "Passenger", "All We Are".
  • Surreal Music Video: "Love Runs Out". There are fast-moving colorful clouds in the background, an old lady playing the piano in the desert, kids clapping in perfect sync, "ninjas" kicking stacks of books, girls dancing with tambourines, teens playing with a ball, shady figures riding horses, people emerging from mini-volcanoes, stuff blowing up and some silver street dancing dude, all of these being most likely unrelated to the lyrics.
  • Technicolor Fire: In "Apologize": "I loved you with a fire red, now it's turning blue."
  • The Four Chords of Pop: "Apologize" uses this chord progression.
  • Title Track: Waking Up.
  • Unplugged Version: The deluxe version of Native has acoustic versions of "If I Lose Myself", "Burning Bridges", and "What You Wanted".
  • Vine Swing: In "Counting Stars": "I see this life like a swinging vine."
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "Everybody Loves Me" and parts of "Tyrant".

"Sometimes there's airplanes I can't jump out
Sometimes there's bullshit that don't work now
We all got our stories, but please tell me
What there is to complain about"

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