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The Killers

Few bands in the early 2000s rose so quickly to the forefront of pop music as the Killers. With a mix of '80s-styled synth pop and fashionista charm, the band's street-smart debut, Hot Fuss, became one of 2004's biggest releases, spawning four singles and catapulting the group -- particularly their dandyish, 22-year-old frontman, Brandon Flowers -- into the international spotlight. Hot Fuss reveled in the garish glitz of the band's native Las Vegas, spinning tales of androgynous girlfriends and illicit affairs to a public whose taste for revivalist dance-rock would prove to be virtually insatiable. Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, and the Bravery all benefited from such retro-minded interest, but the Killers unapologetically trumped them all -- even when their sophomore effort, Sam's Town, deemphasized the group's new wave sensibilities in favor of something more akin to the heartland rock of Bruce Springsteen and Rattle and Hum-era U2.

Brandon Flowers (vocals/keyboards), David Keuning (guitar), Mark Stoermer (bass), and Ronnie Vannucci (drums) first came together in 2002, two years before Hot Fuss introduced their band to the public. Flowers had been sacked by his former synth pop band, Blush Response, after refusing to move to Los Angeles with the rest of his bandmates. Instead, he remained in Las Vegas, where he soon met local guitarist and Oasis fanatic Keuning. The two began collaborating on material; within weeks, they'd composed their soon-to-be radio hit "Mr. Brightside." Stoermer, a former medical courier, and Vannucci, a classical percussion major at UNLV, eventually joined the fray, and the band began playing small clubs in its hometown. A U.K. representative for Warner Bros. caught wind of the Killers' brewing hype, and although he neglected to bring them on board the Warner roster, he did pass along their demo to the London-based indie imprint Lizard King. The British label quickly signed the Killers, who temporarily moved to the U.K. and issued a limited-edition single for "Mr. Brightside." The Killers' buzz had effectively traveled back across the Atlantic by fall 2003, and the band was offered a prime spot at the annual CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. A worldwide deal with Island followed shortly thereafter, positioning the Killers to join the ranks of Interpol, the Rapture, and the Strokes.

Shared U.K. dates with British Sea Power and stellastarr* in 2004 gave the Killers an opportunity to showcase material from their debut album, Hot Fuss, which was released that June. "Somebody Told Me," "Mr. Brightside," "Smile Like You Mean It," and "All These Things That I've Done" all became worldwide chart hits, and Hot Fuss peaked at number seven on the Billboard Top 200. Buoyed by such success, Flowers became a sought-after media presence, often lashing out at such groups as the Bravery for riding his band's coattails into the mainstream. The frontman's confidence was not unwarranted; by 2006, Hot Fuss had earned five Grammy nominations and sold over five million copies. Rather than take a break to recover from their heavy tour regime, the Killers immediately set to work on a second album. A newly built facility at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas became the band's studio, and legendary producers Flood and Alan Moulder (who had previously worked together with U2 and the Smashing Pumpkins) were chosen to helm the controls. Instead of mining the glamour and glitz of their hometown (as they did to a successful extent on Hot Fuss), the group instead focused on nostalgia and the demise of old-fashioned American values, citing veteran songsmith Bruce Springsteen as a chief influence.

The popularity generated by leadoff single "When You Were Young" led up to the highly anticipated release of Sam's Town in early October 2006. While the album did not match the popularity of the band's debut, it nevertheless sold 700,000 copies worldwide during its first week, eventually spawning three U.S. singles and gaining the Killers two additional Grammy nods. Sawdust, a collection of B-sides, rarities, and remixes, followed one year later, serving as a stopgap recording between the band's proper studio albums. The Killers then returned in 2008 with Day & Age, which eschewed the Americana tangents of Sam's Town in favor of pop pastiches and sleek, oddball dance-rock. The band's return to the dancefloor was emboldened by Stuart Price, a veteran producer who had previously worked with Madonna and Gwen Stefani, and the Top 40 single "Human" helped the Killers continue their commercial streak. A lengthy tour carried the band into 2009, which also saw the release of the concert album Live from the Royal Albert Hall. Solo work comprised many of the next few years, including Brandon Flowers' Flamingo, Ronnie Vannucci's Big Talk, and Mark Stoermer's Another Life. After reconvening in early 2011, the band got to work on its fourth studio album, enlisting a small army of notable producers, including Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Stuart Price, and Brendan O'Brien. The resulting Battle Born was released in September, 2012. In early 2013, the band announced that they would be releasing their first greatest-hits collection later that year. Entitled Direct Hits, the November release featured two newly recorded songs, "Shot at Night" and "Just Another Girl," which were produced by M83 and Stuart Price, respectively. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Direct Hits (Deluxe Edition)

1. Mr. Brightside

2. Somebody Told Me

3. Smile Like You Mean It

4. All These Things That I've Done

5. When You Were Young

6. Read My Mind

7. For Reasons Unknown

8. Human

9. Spaceman

10. A Dustland Fairytale

11. Runaways

12. Miss Atomic Bomb

13. The Way It Was

14. Shot At The Night

15. Just Another Girl

18. Be Still

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Track List: Battle Born

1. Flesh And Bone

2. Runaways

3. The Way It Was

4. Here With Me

5. A Matter Of Time

6. Deadlines And Commitments

7. Miss Atomic Bomb

8. The Rising Tide

9. Heart Of A Girl

10. From Here On Out

11. Be Still

12. Battle Born

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Track List: Day & Age

1. Losing Touch

2. Human

3. Spaceman

5. A Dustland Fairytale

6. This Is Your Life

7. I Can't Stay

8. Neon Tiger

9. The World We Live In

10. Goodnight, Travel Well

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Track List: Sawdust

1. Tranquilize

2. Shadowplay

3. All The Pretty Faces

4. Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf

5. Sweet Talk

6. Under The Gun

7. Where The White Boys Dance

8. Show You How

9. Move Away

10. Glamorous Indie Rock And Roll

11. Who Let You Go?

12. The Ballad Of Michael Valentine

13. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town

14. Daddy's Eyes

15. Sam's Town (Abbey Road Version)

16. Romeo And Juliet

17. Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix)

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Track List: Sam's Town

1. Sam's Town

2. Enterlude

3. When You Were Young

4. Bling (Confession Of A King)

5. For Reasons Unknown

6. Read My Mind

7. Uncle Jonny

8. Bones

9. My List

10. This River Is Wild

11. Why Do I Keep Counting?

12. Exitlude

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Track List: Hot Fuss

1. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine

2. Mr. Brightside

3. Smile Like You Mean It

4. Somebody Told Me

5. All These Things That I've Done

6. Andy, You're A Star

7. On Top

8. Change Your Mind

9. Believe Me Natalie

10. Midnight Show

11. Everything Will Be Alright

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Track List: Human (Remixes Ep)

1. Human (Armin Van Buuren Radio Remix)

2. Human (Ferry Corsten Radio Remix)

3. Human (Pink Noise Radio Edit)

4. Human (Armin Van Buuren Club Remix)

5. Human (Ferry Corsten Club Remix)

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Track List: Shadowplay

1. Shadowplay

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Track List: Shot At The Night (Single)

1. Shot At The Night

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Track List: When You Were Young

1. When You Were Young

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Blue iPhone
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DONT READ THIS! You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. DONT STOP this it's freaky! But if you read this and ignore it, you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your curshes name will appear in big letters across the screen. This is creepy because it actually works.
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memes
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I love this song. So many memories.
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Ok n9 yyy
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#TRUMPLIFEEV E R Y D A Y
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read this you know the people who say dont read this will all of t are so annoying stop it please its geting on every nerves so and save the section for fans not pices of crap and everyone whos with me post this on other songs we can spreed the word its geting annoying #stop
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We're all the same and love is blind��
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My favorite song is Human
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Mash-up of this song called Mr. Car Radio
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Mr. Brightside��
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1.Kiss ur left hand
2.Say it crushes name
3.Close ur hand
4.Pick a school day
5.Say ur name
6.Post this on 5 other songs and crush will ask you out that day
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Guitar hero 3 brought me here, when you were young is a great song
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This is true
1 kiss your left hand
2say your crushes name
3 pick a school day
Post this on 5 songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
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Coming outa my cage n I been doing just fine . I just can't look it's killing me n taking control ..
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Guitar Hero 3 <3
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Brandon Flowers = Yum yum in my tum tum
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golden days yes yes yes
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Killers make awesome music
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мя. вяιgнтѕι∂є уєѕѕѕ!!!!
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I love the song but can't stand listening to it the pain is way to real for me to handle
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this is a great song on rockband
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Mr. Brightside!!
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Still waiting for a new album.....
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This is crazy! Go to your stations, go to the station you have on, hit your phones power button and you will hear music, it's crazy because it actually works!
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мя. вяιgнтѕι∂є!! тнιѕ ιѕ тнє fιяѕт тк ѕσиg ι'νє єνєя нєαя∂ ❤️✨��✨❤️
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Check out AheartMadeof R o c k s on Wattpad if you love Marvel!
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The tmf djkhkjijj
Bro u
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I totally relate to this song. I love someone I have and never will get a chance with.
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Meant every smile.. . (,
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one of my favorite bands! can't wait for their next album...
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Trumped them all. What in sales? I and many others in the music scene at the time were far more into Interpol who did not write radio music for the most part and held amazing shows while also winning such awards as best music video and more. I like the Killers, don't get me wrong but I alway favor the one band in a mix of similars who refuses to write for the masses and sticks to writing for the art and passion of it.
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How's your guys day going because MY day is like coming out of my cage doing just fine!!
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I HATE U
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Don't be a hater because your music style isn't the same as ours. If you don't like it, change it. You don't have to be rude and try souring our love for inspirationa l music. Prick.
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Not cool guys ������������
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Angel's ����
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Come on hunter Kelly you know that stuff does not work
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My current favorite song is probably sam's town
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Man this guy can really sing. He had an amazing voice
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IPhone pink
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I know, right? Although I wish the ones about crushes actually worked... It's so stupid.
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Geez come on guys. You know those are fake, right?
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Beep
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This song always takes me back to the good times when I was a kid and how awesome it would feel to put it in a montage and just show the world with this song in the background, kind of like that David Beckham fanvideo c;
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��The fact that my best friend's name is Sam, and my grandma's name is Dixie just makes me laugh a little when I listen to Samstowm.
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Mr. Brightside and Miss atomic bomb am I the only one who noticed that
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These are seriously the stupidest comments I have seen on Pandora so far. Probably because this band is so mainstream that it only attracts the dense.
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Why do you guys have to be so awesome my parents seriously question why i am listening to a band called The Killers
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