Substitution (song)

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Substitution Silversun Pickups.jpg
Single by Silversun Pickups
from the album Swoon
ReleasedSeptember 22, 2009
GenreIndie rock, dream pop
Songwriter(s)Brian Aubert, Christopher Guanlao, Joe Lester, Nikki Monninger
Producer(s)Dave Cooley
Silversun Pickups singles chronology
"Panic Switch"
"The Royal We"

"Substitution" is a single by indie rock band Silversun Pickups, and is the second single from their second album, Swoon. Since its release, the song has reached number 17 and debuted at number 35 on Billboard Alternative Songs chart. It has also charted on Billboard's Rock Songs at number 26.

Music video[edit]

In an interview, the band's frontman Brian Aubert claimed that "the clip is going to be weird. We're playing the song in a surreal Moose lodge, and then there's musical chairs going on with, like, eight Amazon-type gorgeous girls. Babes, I suppose." Aubert added, "They were actually playing musical chairs for a real prize. It got pretty ugly. Everybody in the room watching it was like, 'This is the weirdest thing.' All the girls are color-coded. In one way, it's bright and sort of silly, but the way we're looking at it is sort of depressing. In fact, I have to admit: it's by far the darkest video we've ever done."

The video was produced and directed by The Malloys and it premiered on MTVu on September 15, 2009.