Call It What You Want (Foster the People song)

"Call It What You Want"
Single by Foster the People
from the album Torches
Released December 2, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010–11
Length 4:01
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Mark Foster
  • Paul Epworth
  • Mark Foster
Foster the People singles chronology
"Helena Beat"
"Call It What You Want"
"Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)"

"Call It What You Want" is a song by American indie pop band Foster the People. It was released as the group's third single in December 2011 from their debut album Torches. The song was written by frontman Mark Foster and produced by Paul Epworth. The song was also featured in the soundtrack of the video game FIFA 12. The song appeared at number 14 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2011 poll.

Music video

A music video to accompany the release of "Call It What You Want" was first released onto YouTube on November 1, 2011 at a total length of four minutes and two seconds. The music video begins with the phrase "Idle minds are the devil's workshop". The video consists of random, strange sections, including singer Mark Foster pretending to shoot adoring fans with his right finger, drummer Mark Pontius floating while playing the drums, and the band running around outside while fireworks go off around them.

The music video was shot in Villa de Leon in Malibu, California.

Track listing

Album version
No. Title Length
1. "Call It What You Want"   4:01
UK digital download[1]
No. Title Length
1. "Call It What You Want" (Ocelot Remix) 6:03
2. "Call It What You Want" (Andy Caldwell Remix) 6:00
3. "Call It What You Want" (Planet of Sound Remix) 6:26
4. "Call It What You Want" (Subsource Remix) 5:09
5. "Call It What You Want" (Karmatronic Remix Club Edit) 6:07
6. "Call It What You Want" (Treasure Fingers Pre-Party Remix Radio Edit) 3:42


Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (2011–12) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 39
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[3] 16
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[4] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 139


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia[2] (ARIA) Gold 35,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom December 2, 2011[1] Digital download Columbia
Germany April 20, 2012[6]


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