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Neon Trees' New Single 'Sleeping With A Friend' Is Actually About Hooking Up With A Straight Guy: VIDEO


Tucked away in Rolling Stone magazine’s coming out article about Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn is a small but delightful admission — the first single off of the band’s new album is actually about the perils of hooking up with a straight guy.

Rolling Stone reports: Glenn

Pop Psychology’s first single, the chiming "Sleeping With a Friend," is indeed about getting with a straight man. The doo-wop-flavored "Teenager in Love" was inspired by the guy Glenn pined after for three years, while maintaining a two-year relationship with a woman he'd resolved to marry. "She broke up with me in a half-page note that was like, 'I love you, but you'll never love me the way I need to be loved,'" Glenn says, taking a breath at the memory. "At the time, I was really crushed, but it was a relief. The last thing I want to do is be that guy that gets married and lives the double life. There's so many of those people in Utah."

Glenn says that he has not told the man alluded to in “Sleeping With A Friend” that he’s gay: “We're not really as close as we used to be, so I don't know if I'll hear from him." The song itself does not mention any specific gender, although the video shows Glenn sleeping with a woman.

See the video AFTER THE JUMP…

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  1. I feel like there is a really big gay population in Utah, specifically Salt Lake, but because of the huge mormon hold many of them are closeted.

    Posted by: Derrick | Mar 26, 2014 9:22:14 AM

  2. Obviously it would have been more daring and reflective of the truth if the video had him sleeping with another guy.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 26, 2014 9:25:07 AM

  3. Pining after straight guys or closeted guys is something you hopefully grow out before your 30s

    Posted by: Qj201 | Mar 26, 2014 9:34:23 AM

  4. Wow, that note she left him... What wisdom and strength.

    Posted by: Beau du Jour | Mar 26, 2014 9:34:51 AM

  5. Yuck. The straight fetish is nothing more than internal homophobia.

    Posted by: Pablo | Mar 26, 2014 9:40:35 AM

  6. "The last thing I want to do is be that guy that gets married and lives the double life. There's so many of those people in Utah."

    And yet he believes that Mormons are tolerant...

    Posted by: Eugene | Mar 26, 2014 9:44:58 AM

  7. Refreshing to hear Tyler talk honestly about his youthful crush on a straight guy. Who among us didn't have such an experience?

    He should have a long talk with another Mormon rocker Brandon Flower regarding his horrific PSA's for the LDS Church.

    Glamster Please!

    Posted by: Jonnycakes | Mar 26, 2014 10:14:34 AM

  8. I think we might be entering a time when celebrity coming out stories are used to push their latest projects.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 26, 2014 10:32:56 AM

  9. What a joke this band is....

    Posted by: styler | Mar 26, 2014 11:54:17 AM

  10. Styler (Rick), your whole online presence is a joke. And your whole life is sad.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 26, 2014 12:21:50 PM

  11. Again, you don't need to know how to sing to have a "hit."

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Mar 26, 2014 12:27:37 PM

  12. Straight to bed.

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Mar 26, 2014 3:14:40 PM

  13. Imagine that. It is possible. We know our way around them.

    Posted by: John | Mar 26, 2014 4:02:25 PM

  14. Apparently the video isn't the only thing stuck in the '80s.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 27, 2014 1:38:13 AM

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