The hidden origin behind your favourite Busted song…

Fans of Essex rock band ‘Busted’ and Biology nerds alike have recently been in uproar over the band’s original lyrics for their 2002 hit song ‘Year 3000’ from their debut album ‘Busted’.

This comes as James Bourne, the original writer of the track, recently came forward with a tweet saying “I’d feel awful if fans never knew the true origins of arguably our most popular song” and went on to release an in depth analysis of the original lyrics.

The aforementioned tweet.

As it turns out, the song was based on an Evolutionary Biology (BSc) students’ dissertation, ‘Adaptive Growth in the Digits of Land Mammals’ – the writer of which was a family friend of Bourne. The scientific paper claimed that in the centuries to come, human hands would develop in such a way that fingers would become much longer, perhaps so we could use our phones more efficiently. Or something along those lines. Such emotive imagery inspired Bourne to write the following lyrics:

He said, “I’ve been to the year 3000

Not much as changed but our fingers are longer

And your great, great, great granddaughter

Has pretty long fingers”

Year 3000 – Busted

The bands producer (Steve Robson) at the time supposedly claimed this evolutionary development theory was potentially too scientifically intimidating for the target audience, and was switched out for something that more suited the band’s light-hearted and flirtatious energy.

Eagle-eyed fans will have picked up on the band’s subtle nod to the original lyrics in their music video, where all the band members’ long fingers are on full display.

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