10 things you didn’t know about The Killers’ album ‘Hot Fuss’
With The Killers’ new album topping the charts in both the US and UK (that’s the fifth consecutive number one album in the UK for the band) we thought we'd take a look back at some interesting facts about the Las Vegas rockers’ first album ‘Hot Fuss’
1. Triple murder
The Killers' first album apparently features two of three songs in a trilogy about a murder. ‘Jenny Was a Friend of Mine’ and ‘Midnight Show’ both tell the tale of a gruesome killing. The final part didn’t come until ‘Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf’ - which references “Jennifer” - appeared on the compilation album ‘Sawdust’.
2. We love U2!
Bono liked ‘Hot Fuss’ so much, he would cut conversations short so he could listen to it. The U2 frontman said, “It's rare to find a band who not only have the music, but a lyricist too. I hear The Killers and I get off the phone." Lead singer and songwriter Brandon Flowers later said he hoped to become the United States’ answer to U2.
3. Killer lyric
Flowers' favourite line from the album is "these changes ain't changing me" from ‘All These Things That I've Done’. The song talks about how he's the same person he's always been, despite fame and success.
4. Straight down to business
The Sweet Inspirations - who sang backing vocals for the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Elvis Presley - quickly learned the lyrics to ‘All These Things That I've Done’ backstage at SXSW while The Killers were onstage. They recorded their bit of the track straight after.
5. Who’s laughing now?
‘Andy, You're a Star" is about a high school athlete who was a bit of a bully. Flowers said he was a bit frustrated with the school jocks getting all the attention, so penned a sarcastic song about it.
6. Lightning in a bottle
Their first song ‘Mr Brightside’ was written at only their second rehearsal. The track - an emotional recount of a real breakup Flowers went through - was a top ten hit in both the UK and US.
7. Crisis of faith
Flowers is a Mormon. The line "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier" from 'All These Things That I've Done' references his inner struggle between his faith and the rock and roll lifestyle he was leading.
8. Act of God
An earthquake and a forest fire plagued the album’s recording. Ash covered the area around the studio after the fire while the quake knocked drummer Ronnie Vanucci off his stool.
9. Small beginnings
The original demos for ‘Hot Fuss’ were recorded in guitarist Dave Keuning’s flat, with Flowers sitting in the wardrobe for better acoustics.
10. Flash a smile
Apparently, ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ was written in a mere eight minutes. Despite its speedy composition, it reached a respectable number 11 in the UK charts.
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