Monday, June 7, 2004

The Killers Hot Fuss released

Hot Fuss

The Killers

Released: June 7, 2004

Peak: 7 US, 12 UK, 4 CN, 11 AU

Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, 2.1 UK, 7.5 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: post punk revival


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine (Brandon Flowers, Mark Stoermer) [4:04]
  2. Mr. Brightside (Flowers, Dave Keuning) [3:43] (9/29/03, 10 US, 10 RR, 3 MR, 11 A40, 10 UK, 5 CN, 29 AU)
  3. Smile Like You Mean It (Flowers, Stoermer) [3:54] (4/2/05, 15 MR, 11 UK, 47 AU)
  4. Somebody Told Me (Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr.) [3:17] (3/15/04, 51 US, 21 RR, 3 MR, 17 A40, 3 UK, 17 AU)
  5. All These Things That I’ve Done (Flowers) [5:01] (8/30/04, 74 US, 45 RR, 10 MR, 18 UK, 42 AU)
  6. Andy, You’re a Star (Flowers) [3:14]
  7. On Top (Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci) [4:18]
  8. Change Your Mind * (Flowers, Keuning) [3:11]
  9. Believe Me Natalie (Flowers, Vannucci) [5:05]
  10. Midnight Show (Flowers, Stoermer) [4:02]
  11. Everything Will Be Alright (Flowers) [5:45]
* For the U.K. edition, “Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll” was substituted for “Change Your Mind.”

Total Running Time: 45:39

The Players:

  • Brandon Flowers (vocals, synthesizer)
  • Dave Keuning (guitar)
  • Mark Stoermer (bass)
  • Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums)


3.796 out of 5.00 (average of 31 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“There are so many garage rock/dance-rock tunes perfectly stylized and glamorous for the pop kids in the city and in the suburbs of new-millennium America. What’s nice about these the bands producing these songs is how they strive so desperately to individualize themselves. On a commercial level, they do quite well in delivering catchy pop hooks. When it comes to having actual talent, a select few actually do possess attention-worthy integrity.” MW Rolling Stone “reviewer Jenny Eliscu compared the band’s music to contemporaries The Rapture and Franz Ferdinand, stating that in comparison to those groups The Killers ‘[have] actual pop songs – in spades.’ Eliscu concluded, ‘This album is all Killers, no filler.’” WK

This “Las Vegas foursome introduce a perfectly tailored new wave-induced art rock sound on their debut, Hot Fuss.” MW They “match postpunk guitars with a synthesizer overlay that recalls ‘80s New Wave without burying their sound in nostalgia.” RW The album is “one of the five most recent albums listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.” WK

“They wooed MTV audiences and modern rock followers with the success of Somebody Told Me during summer 2004. This chunky-riffed single loaded with androgynous mystery and a dalliance with new romantic energy” RW focused on the theme of “sexual confusion” RW “captures the infectious delivery of the Killers as a band. Vocalist/keyboardist Brandon Flowers does his best Simon LeBon imitation; the sex appeal and the boyish charm are perfectly in place as the rest of the band accents his rich, red-hotness just so.” MW

Mr. Brightside, about “voyeurism,” RW and Jenny Was a Friend of Mine “are equally as foxy as the album’s first single, affirming that a formula is indeed in motion. It’s hard to deny the sparkle of Depeche Mode beats and the sensual allure of Duran Duran. After 25 years, those sounds still hold up; by 2004, however, it’s an incredible task to pull this kind of thing off without selling yourself to the tastes of the masses. Interpol and the Walkmen have pulled it off; Franz Ferdinand and Hot Hot Heat have potential.” MW

“Flowers and his mates are obviously canny students; the total effect is of a playacted obsession, but one made irresistible by their skillful, catchy songs.” RW However, “the dynamic doesn’t firmly hold together.” MW Mix “the painfully earnest line ‘I got soul but I’m not a soldier’ from All These Things That I’ve DoneRW with its “gospel/rock jaunt” MW and the song “doesn’t quit fit around the Cure-inspired synth reveries of Everything Will Be Alright and Believe Me Natalie.” MW Midnight Show, which, like ‘Jenny’ focuses on “murdered lovers” RW “does show promise,” MW even if it flagrantly “plucks from Duran Duran’s ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Is There Something I Should Know?’” MW

“In a mixed review, Entertainment Weekly wildly praised the song ‘Somebody Told Me’ while asking ‘As for the rest, isn’t it a little too early for a Strokes tribute band?’” WK “If there’s an occasional misstep,” RWHot Fuss is one of several recent releases that bring a diverting faux glamour to the mainstream rock scene.” RW The album “came at the right time because the pop kids needed something to savor the summer with, and ‘Somebody Told Me’ served that purpose. Now pull out your Duran Duran records and dance like no one is watching.” MW

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