The Chainsmokers Are Trying To Be Socially Aware On New Song “Sick Boy”

The Chainsmokers actually have something to say on new song “Sick Boy,” but does it fall on deaf ears?

The Chainsmokers actually have something to say on new song “Sick Boy,” but does it fall on deaf ears?

The timing of their new tune is extremely problematic. One-half of the group, Alex Pall, has been publicly accused by his now ex-girlfriend of cheating on her multiple times with multiple women in multiple cities. Unfortunately, this tabloid scandal has clouded my often impeccable (I said it) judgement on a song’s quality.

Setting the Us Weekly stuff aside, “Sick Boy” is not bad, but it’s hard to take the “Selfie” guys seriously when they’re speaking on something of substance. On it, Andrew Taggart sings about the plague of social media, racial politics and the vapidness of Hollywood.

“Make no mistake, I live in a prison / That I build myself, it is my religion,” he sings over the EDM-tinged production. “And they say that I am the sick boy / Easy to say, when you don’t take the risk, boy / Welcome to the narcissism / We’re united under our indifference.”



There’s also a Justin Bieber x “Sorry”-inspired music video to soundtrack it.

Look, I need a lot more convincing to connect to a song with actual meaning from The Chainsmokers, but “Sick Boy” is a good start. Now if they can only keep it in their pants.


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