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The Killers

Become fan 484 Comment 2012 Vote 23 Like & Share
Genre:Indie, Alternative, Rock
Rank:180 history »
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4.3/5 from 23 users
Songs:97
Albums:8

Most popular songs

# Song LSI Rank
1Mr. Brightside lyrics
2Human lyrics
3Somebody Told Me lyrics
4Smile Like You Mean It lyrics
5Read My Mind lyrics
6All These Things That I've Done lyrics
7Go All The Way lyrics
8Oh Yeah, By The Way lyrics
9Shadowplay lyrics
10Miss Atomic Bomb lyrics

Most popular albums

# Album LSI Rank
1Direct Hits [2013]
182
182
2Day & Age [2008]
1,210
1,210
3Hot Fuss [2004]
1,347
1,347
4Battle Born [2012]
2,836
2,836
5Sam's Town [2006]
2,864
2,864
6Live From The Royal Albert Hall [2009]
5,797
5,797
7(red) Christmas Ep [2011]
8Sawdust [2007]

Biography

The Killers are a rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, formed in 2001 and consist of Brandon Flowers (vocals, keyboards), Dave Keuning (guitar, backing vocals), Mark Stoermer (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion). The band's three albums to date have sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide combined. The band got its name from the fictional band "The Killers" in the video for New Order's "Crystal". The band is currently on hiatus, but is set to return to the studio to record their 4th studio album in early 2011.

Initially, The Killers played at large clubs in Las Vegas. With the band's line-up stable and their repertoire of songs expanding, the band began to attract attention from talent bookers, local agents, major label, scouts — and a UK representative for Warner Bros. Though the Warner Bros representative passed on the band, he took the demo back with him, showing it to a friend who worked at UK (London-based) indie label Lizard King Records (now Marrakesh Records). The Killers then signed in the summer of 2002 to a British label.

They released their debut album "Hot Fuss" on June 2004 in the United Kingdom and US (on Island Records). Their first single was "Somebody Told Me". The band also had chart success with their singles "Mr. Brightside," which reached the Top 10 in the UK when released, and "All These Things That I've Done".

The band started recording its second album, "Sam's Town" on February 15, 2006, at The Palms Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. It was released on October 2006. Lead singer, Brandon Flowers said that Sam's Town is "one of the best albums of the past 20 years". Though the album has received a mixed response from critics and fans, it has still remained popular and sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

The first single, "When You Were Young" debuted on radio stations in late July 2006. In late August 2006, it was offered as a downloadable track before the album's debut. The single then entered the chart on downloads alone at #5, and the following week on its official release went to #2 in the UK. The video clip of the second single, "Bones", was directed by Tim Burton. The third single was "Read My Mind". The video was filmed in Tokyo, Japan. The last one was "For Reasons Unknown" released in June, 2007.

The album sold over 700,000 copies worldwide in the first week of release, with a No. 2 debut on the United World chart. Brandon Flowers announced on August 22, 2007, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the T Vital Festival, that it would be the last time that the album "Sam's Town" would be played in Europe. The Killers played their last Sam's Town concert in Melbourne, Australia on November, 2007.

Much of The Killers' music is based on British influences and on the music of the 1980s, particularly New Wave. Flowers has also said in interviews that the larger-than-life sound of many of the band's songs is due to the influence of living in Las Vegas, a city where everything is about flash and who can top whom. They appreciate post-punk bands that sprang up during the 80's such as Joy Division, and they are also avowed fans of New Order (with whom Flowers has performed live), Pet Shop Boys, Dire Straits, David Bowie, The Smiths, Morrissey, Depeche Mode, U2, Queen, Oasis and The Beatles. Their second album was said to be greatly influenced by Bruce Springsteen's music and lyrics.

The compilation album called "Sawdust", containing B-sides, rarities, and some new material, was released on November 12, 2007. The album's first single "Tranquilize," a collaboration with Lou Reed, was released on October 2007. The band also released their cover of Joy Division's "Shadowplay" on the U.S. iTunes Store. The album also contains the songs "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" (a The First Edition cover), "Romeo And Juliet" (a Dire Straits cover), and a new version of "Move Away" (previously available on the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack). One of the tracks on Sawdust is "Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf" the first but previously unreleased part of the so called "Murder Trilogy," in which it is followed by "Midnight Show" then "Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine"

The Killers released a Christmas single called "Don't Shoot Me Santa" on December 1, 2007. The song, like "A Great Big Sled" benefits Bono's Product Red campaign to fight AIDS in Africa. The recording is not included on Sawdust.

"Day and Age" was the title of The Killers third studio album. The title was confirmed in an NME video interview at Reading and Leeds Festival with lead singer Brandon Flowers. The band headed to the studio in June and the album is being produced by Stuart Price. In the October 2008 edition of German magazine Musikexpress, in an article dated August 15, 2008, Keuning says the new record was 99% finished. The Killers selected Paul Normansell to do the artwork for the new album, which should include some of Normansell's artwork and portraits of the band themselves.

Flowers also stated in an interview with Q that he was excited to play a new song called "Tidal Wave", influenced by David Bowie's "Drive-In Saturday" and "I Drove All Night" by Roy Orbison. The setlist of The Killers' July 29 and August 1, 2008 show at New York City's Highline Ballroom and Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel and Spa contained two new songs: Spaceman and Neon Tiger. These songs were also played at The Killers' show on July 31st at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Spaceman and Neon Tiger are also included on "Day and Age". During their brief summer tour in 2008, The Killers confirmed several other potential song titles for "Day and Age" including "Goodnight, Travel Well", "Vibration", "Joy Ride", "I Can't Stay", "Losing Touch", "Fairytale Dustland" and "Human", although "Vibration" wasn't included.

The Killers' third studio album "Day and Age" (which was reviewed at http://www.silentsoundwaves.com/album-reviews/the-killers-day-age-review/) was released on 25th November 2008 (24th November for the UK). The album's first single "Human" was debuted on 22nd September and on the 30th September, the single was made available on iTunes, with many radio DJ's suggesting it was the best single by The Killers yet.

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers recently (December 2008) has said that he thinks his band will be bigger than U2 eventually, and sooner than you might think. He told The Daily Telegraph that "U2 are unbelievable, but they're getting old. It feels like it's time".

The Killers' third album, Day & Age, was released on November 24, 2008 in the UK and November 25, 2008 in North America. They worked with Stuart Price who did the Thin White Duke remix of "Mr Brightside" and produced "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf" and "Sweet Talk". The first single from the album was "Human" which was released on September 22 and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

The Killers also released a fourth Christmas single in December 2009 called "Happy Birthday Guadalupe", and in November 2009 their song "A White Demon Love Song" was added to the New Moon soundtrack.

During the summer of 2009 The Killers headlined a number of festivals across Europe including the Friday night show of 2009's Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London , they also headlined American festivals Lollapalooza and Coachella for the first time. On July 5–6 at the Royal Albert Hall, London The Killers recorded their first live DVD, "Live from the Royal Albert Hall". It was released in November and played at various cinemas across the globe.

In late February 2010, The Sun (a British newspaper) published the story that Flowers' mother had died after a two year fight with brain cancer. This meant a premature closing of their Day and Age tour cancelling the Asian dates. Two Australian dates in Sydney and Perth were cancelled; however, both the Gold Coast and Melbourne concerts went ahead, with the Day & Age tour finally coming to a close in Melbourne on February 21 as the headline act at the Good Vibrations Festival at Flemington Racecourse.

In January 2010, the band announced that they will take a short break after being on the road for the better part of six years.

The band, invited by US President Barack Obama, played on the White House South Lawn on July 4, 2010 for the second annual "Salute To The Military" United Service Organizations concert as part of Independence Day celebrations, which Flowers described as a "monumental honour". Despite their hiatus, the band got together to play "Human", "Somebody Told Me", "Mr. Brightside", "A Dustland Fairytale", "God Bless America/Read My Mind" and "When You Were Young". The band also played at a progressive campaign rally on July 8, 2010 in Nevada for Obama and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who was up for re-election. The Killers played an acoustic version of "Read My Mind" and did a folksy rendition of the state song, "Home Means Nevada".

The Killers released their fifth Christmas single, titled "Boots" on 30 November in North America, despite the band taking a break.

They were the inaugural headliner of the new International Lollapalooza Festival in Santiago, Chile on April 2, 2011. They also performed at the season closing Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl, Austria on April 30, 2011. They will headline for the second time Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London on June 24, 2011.

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     Maristella says:
    Like 009-12-2014 06:47
     
    @ Human song
    I could see it referring to the Hopi Kachina DANCERS, who are the embodiment of the spiritual ancestors-- no longer human, but now dancers. It's about passing into the realm of the spirit ..... "say goodbye, cut the cord, you gotta let me go"
    There are many native american images in the video, whether intended or not.
    Are we alive?(my sign is vital). Or are we dead? (my hands are cold).
    Are we Human? Or are we Dancer?
    We are BOTH.
    May the Lord bless you with peace.
     unsane says:
    Like 003-03-2014 01:45
     
    love this cool poppy song!
     muse012 says:
    Like 021-09-2013 18:19
     
    ...in any cave
     goretski says:
    Like 018-09-2013 23:04
     
    Great song!!!!
     Meandor says:
    Like 018-09-2013 06:54
     
    better then the pop hip hop sh*t.
     twist_03 says:
    Like 004-09-2013 15:10
     
    just became one of my favorite songs from the killers the moment i heard it...
     AchillesAnon says:
    Like 027-07-2013 03:46
     
    Love it!
     musicmadman1 says:
    Like 024-06-2013 17:36
     
    Amazing way to close the album! Best song IMO.
    Like 027-09-2012 14:48
     
    I a little disappointed. but maybe everything will fall into place after a few listens.
    Like 009-09-2012 21:59
     
    @ Runaways song
    This song is soooo good !
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