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I first came across The Killers back in 2004 when their two singles Mr. Brightside and Somebody Told Me were played constantly at the club I used to go to as a student. At the time, with an almost complete lack of musical knowledge, I assumed these two songs were classics from a former era of indie music, and I also assumed that the band was British. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered not only that the band was brand new (and I had the smug knowledge that I knew these songs before they became really popular) but that they hailed from Las Vegas in the USA.
Hot Fuss was the band's debut album and came out in 2004. In fairness to me, it's easy to see why I thought they were a British band. The album has a claustrophobic feel with influences from the Smiths, Pulp and other indie bands from the 80s and early 90s. It's an album for a crowded smoky club (I may be biased here, as this is where I originally heard them!). I wouldn't find it appropriate to listen to this album in the morning - it's more suited to late night listening, preferably with a drink in one hand.
The album is all guitars and synths and Brandon Flowers' angst-ridden vocals, demonstrated most aptly by opening track Jenny Was a Friend of Mine. It took me a while to work out that this song was about someone denying that he has had anything to do with a girl's disappearance ("There ain't no motive for this crime"). The two famous singles remain standout highlights and indie club anthems, with Mr. Brightside a melancholic yet upbeat ode to jealousy. "It started out with a kiss, how could it end up like this?", while Somebody Told Me is an unbelievably catchy rock classic.
Other highlights include All These Things That I've Done, with it's gospel choir singing "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier", and the upbeat Change Your Mind. Not forgetting the closing track which has an epic quality and showtune vibe.
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
12. Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
This is a fantastic album with several brilliant songs. It's atmospheric and hasn't aged since its release (unsurprising since it didn't actually sound its age even then!). I highly recommend it.
@@@ Introduction - "What's all the Fuss about?" @@@
Released in June 2004, Hot Fuss was the debut album by The Killers, a 4-piece rock band from 'Fabulous' Las Vegas, Nevada. It was released to widespread acclaim, and reached Number 1 in the UK album charts, with a number of successful singles.
On a personal note, this album became one of the soundtracks to my first year of University. Hit singles 'Mr Brightside', 'Somebody Told Me' and 'Smile Like You Mean It' were among the most commonly heard tracks in the student bars and clubs in 2004 and 2005...
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I'd like to start my review by thanking Jools Holland. Now, Jools plays a mean boogie-woogie piano, but that's not why I'm so grateful to him. His TV program "Later..." has long been a source of inspiration and a great showcase for upcoming talent. In recent years the show has introduced me to some fantastic new bands, including, at some time in late 2003, 'The Killers'. At the time they were totally unknown to me, and appeared on the show performing their single 'Mr Brightside'. It was a solid performance, with the band showing great energy; the song was catchy and seemed fresh, whilst still having some retro charm about it. I was massively impressed, so thanks again Jools!
Over the coming months, 'Mr Brightside' got a lot of airplay, and by the time the album 'Hot Fuss' was released the following June, I was one of many budding fans who were keen to get hold of it...
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1 - "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine"
"Jenny was a Friend of Mine" is a confident opener to the album, and gets proceedings going with a bang. It begins with a brilliant bass guitar riff, which is very reminiscent of the riff in Gary Numan's "Music for Chameleons", albeit with a darker mood. This track is early evidence of the influence that Numan, along with other 80s synth and electronica groups, had on The Killers, and this is abundantly clear throughout the whole album. The song itself is very emotionally charged, with an interesting story to it - it actually forms part of an informal 'trilogy' referred to as the "Murder Trilogy" with the other two tracks "Midnight Show" (featured later on this album) and "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf", (featured on 'Sawdust', a Compilation of B-sides and rarities by the band).
2 - "Mr Brightside"
The single "Mr Brightside" is probably the best known from the album, and has become recognised as a modern Indie classic. It's also one of my personal favourite songs of all time. The energy and passion of the song, along with its pacey drums and synthesised sound come together to create an iconic club song which you can't help but dance along to and belt out at the top of your voice. Once again, it's the darker themes and emotionally charged lyrics which make this track stand out - there are ideas of suspicion and obsession that resonate with people, and make for a great sing-along chorus. It doesn't hurt that the synth and guitars sound so flippin' catchy either!
3 - "Smile Like You Mean It"
And still the great songs keep coming! The 80s influences are still shining through; yet another great retro organ riff dominates in "Smile Like You Mean It". The rest of the track is given real substance by great guitar, driving bass and solid percussion backing, which works fantastically when they all come together. The vocals start in a relatively plain and monotone fashion, but they do build and change as the track progresses - another great tune.
4 - "Somebody Told Me"
The Killers really are relentless! After the slightly slowed pace of the previous track, "Somebody Told Me" explodes onto the scene to attain instant 'anthem' status. Beginning with raw guitar chords, followed by another heavy synth riff, this is an up-tempo, frantic track. It's great energy and curious but infectious lyrics make it another massively popular and catchy song. I could not possibly guess the number of times I heard this track while on a University night out, and it is still a staple of Indie music venues today. Sheer brilliance!
5 - "All These Things That I've Done"
From the opening of "All These Things That I've Done", the band provides a solid stage which allows Brandon Flowers' lead vocals to well and truly take the spotlight. The track doesn't have the same club-style sound of several of the opening four tracks, and the synthesisers take a back seat here almost entirely, but there is yet another catchy chorus! The building drums imply a crescendo is coming, and when it does, the song opens up with a great festival-friendly refrain: "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier". This is undoubtedly one of the album's strongest tracks, and demonstrates the band's real skill in creating a song worthy of a much more mature and established band.
6 - "Andy, You're a Star"
Finally, a chance to catch your breath! "Andy, You're a Star" is a significant shift in pace for the album, with much more subdued guitars and slower backing. It has the same emotional draw of some of the previous tracks, but its slightly distorted vocals give it a very different feel. It is perfectly placed to break up the album, and showcase a different facet to the band's sound.
7 - "On Top"
"On Top" is one of the few songs on the album which has a less defined narrative to it. However, the lyrics still have an unusual and poetic quality which I really like. It is slightly slower paced, but does build towards the middle and end, with the guitars and synthesiser combining well yet again. This track alone is a great example of the way The Killers have combined their 80's electronica and new-wave influences with more modern guitar-led Indie music. Another really strong track overall.
8 - "Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll"
Although not one of the most played tracks on the album, this is one of my favourites, and a very popular song for live performances. "Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll" begins with quite sharp, distorted vocals and a slow pace again but reaches the crest of a wave with the chorus. This song doesn't follow the traditional "verse - chorus - verse - chorus" structure, and has a couple of big crescendos and changes of speed. The fantastic vocals taking centre stage, and this is yet another song with great 'anthem' potential to really get the crowd singing along.
9 - "Believe Me, Natalie"
The lengthy instrumental at the start of "Believe Me Natalie" allows the rest of the band a little more time in the spotlight before the vocals kick in. This is a slower track, with a darker sound to some of its predecessors. Whilst performed with the same passion and vigour by the band and especially by Flowers vocally, this song doesn't have the same appeal as the others. It's still a solid album track, but lacks the real charisma of much of the rest of the album.
10 - "Midnight Show"
"Midnight Show" blasts straight into action with a quick and jumpy pace. It forms part of the informal 'Murder Trilogy' of songs I mentioned earlier, and has an interesting if creepy narrative to it. Once again it's performed with a lot of energy, and although it could be considered as an 'album track', it has it does have its own appeal. In terms of sound, the synths take a back seat again - this tune is dominated by drums, bass and guitar (including a decent helping of some good riffs).
11 - "Everything Will Be Alright"
The final track of 'Hot Fuss' is not a barnstorming finale. Whilst I was initially disappointed by this fact, "Everything Will Be Alright" is a track which I really enjoy, and one which fits well as an album closer. The softer, slower pace of this song brings a frenetic and exciting album to a more relaxed close. It adds to the variety of the album as a whole, taking another break from the club-style rhythms, edgy guitars and jagged electro beats of earlier tracks. The vocals are once again passionately performed, and this is also a strong track musically.
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You should be able to pick up this album for around £5 now, which is an absolute steal! However, do be aware that there are a couple of different versions available with slightly differing track lists and the option of bonus songs.
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This is an emotionally-fuelled, energetic, and musically intense album. It features infectious Indie "floor-fillers" and brilliant festival anthems in equal measure, and even the 'album tracks' have great appeal. Spawning several massive singles, including some true modern classics, "Hot Fuss" is undoubtedly one of the best albums of the last 10 years.
- - - Influences...
It is abundantly clear throughout 'Hot Fuss', that The Killers were very strongly influenced by 80's synth and electronica artists, as well as some 'New Wave' music. There are echoes of Gary Numan, as I've mentioned, but also the likes of New Order and Joy Division, and even a bit of The Pet Shop Boys in here. However, despite these influences, the album does not sound dated over familiar. What the band managed to do was to create a fresh and original sound, by adding the guitar-led Indie rock element, which gave more substance to the electronic side of their music.
- - - Prospects...
As a debut album, 'Hot Fuss' is extremely strong. The Killers really burst on to the music scene with style, and I don't need to point out how successful they have become since this was released back in 2004. Even at such an early stage, their star quality was crystal clear - they brought a unique and appealing sound which fused several musical styles with great success. As a group, they show a real knack for catchy lyrics and instantly memorable riffs, but above all it is the confidence and charisma (especially that of front man Brandon Flowers) which sets them apart.
In the time since 'Hot Fuss', there have been 2 very successful follow up albums (as well as a B-sides and rarities compilation) and numerous incredible liver performances, followed by an extended hiatus. The Killers' musical style has evolved, but they maintain that class and ability in all of their music, and I hope isn't too long before we see them again. I'm sure they will continue to produce brilliant music, but it will take something very special indeed to surpass this debut.
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I remember listening to this on repeat years ago and because of that it has a lot of feelings and memories attached to it. This particular album was quite popular at the time, and some of the songs remain classics; it's an easy to listen to album with emotion and a bit of an edge to set it apart from the crowd.
The track listing is as follows:
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. Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
9. Believe Me Natalie
10. Midnight Show
11. Everything Will Be Alright
I haven't heard about these guys in a while but I heard one of their old tracks recently and it reminded me how much I listened to their Hot Fuss album years ago so I started listening to it again.
Hot Fuss was The Killers debut album and it seemed to peak popularity soon after its release. 'Mr Brightside', 'Somebody Told Me' and 'Smile Like You Mean It' are probably the top three from the album that are the most popular, and it's more than likely you've at least heard one of them once (at least, considering how overplayed some of them were at the time).
What I like about this is the edge and distinctiveness that was easily recognisable as the killers, giving them a trademark sound. This is done partly thanks to Flower's voice, and partly due to the almost 80s-esque synth providing some retro overtone.
I'm not sure if I'd say this is an upbeat album or not, but I guess it depends in part on what experiences you've associated with it. The tempo is kept up in many tracks, such as Midnight Show, giving it an almost glitzy, glam-rock kind of a feel. Others are a little more mellow, such as Everything Will Be Alright, which balances out the track listing to give us a bit of everything.
I personally find these are the types of songs, lyrics and sounds that stick in your head. I wasn't necessarily convinced by each song on the first listen, but it was an addictive album; after I started listening to it I couldn't stop. You can't help but sing along to 'Believe me Natalie' or 'Andy, you're a star' because it gets in your head, and the sound of Flower's voice reverberates in your mind for a while.
This is the kind of album you can get moody to, you can dance to and you can sing to. It's got a certain degree of swagger to it and it can really perk you up and energise through its vibrancy. It may be a bit of an old album now, but it'll keep its memorability for a while in my opinion because of how addictive and distinctive the tracks are.
Selling on Amazon for £9.74 (even the maintenance of a high price suggests this album is keeping its popularity)
I bought this album for £4.49 off a popular auction site after hearing some of the songs on my friend's iPod.
The album contains the song "Mr Brightside", which remains to be one of my favourite songs of all time. This song is the song that gets me on the dancefloor. It has the most stomping bassline and the lyrics are genius. The album is worth getting for this song alone. It really is a musicial masterpiece. If you're looking for a good uplifting tune then look this one up, you won't regret it!!!!
The rest of the album follows the same theme, although "Smile Like You Mean It" is almost a ballad. I say "almost" as you can't really class The Killers as "ballad musicians", the song is haunting and the video is just as haunting (watch it!). It's a cool song though and it's so true!
The album explores many different themes and genres. It's very diverse and varied for a debut album, although I like it when artists experiment. It's an album that you will never tire off and at just over 45 minutes long it doesn't go on for too long either. I love the album. It cheers me up when i'm feeling blue and it's a great driving album. It's eleven songs long and some of the songs are over five minutes in length, although they don't seem it. You want them to go on forever, especially "Mr Brightside", what a tune?!?!?!
A great album!
Back in 2005 when a little known band called The Killers, fronted by then then unknown Brandon Flowers, launched Hot Fuss it shot them immediately into mainstream super stardom. Rarely can a band who would hold themselves as being outside of the mainstream and "indie" shoot through the ranks so quickly. It has taken much bigger bands much longer to break through but with their infectious breed of pop-rock anthems The Killers achieved this feat and Hot Fuss remains one if the most essential albums of the last ten years and simply one of the finest debuts of all time.
The record oozes class, confidence and energy and will take the listener on a sing a long rollercoaster ride for its 45 minute duration. Now many of these songs are ingrained in the memory, you have probably danced to them on nights out and sung along on radio so if you do not own this then what are you waiting for!
The first single released from this album, and still a live favourite today, is Somebody Told Me which epitomises everything the Killers are about. Pounding guitars, electros, Flowers voice reigning supreme and an extremely infectious chorus. Say what you will but this is pop music at its finest. It hits you in the face, sticks in your head....songwriting class!
Mr Brightside has probably been one of the bands biggest hits and it is stands on this album proud. Again the Killers have come up with a catchy chorus, a dance along feel and perfect pop. Its hard to craft a great pop song especially for a band who prides itself on writing their own songs and playing their own music, but the Killers have in those two aforementioned songs, timeless pop classics that will live on long after we are gone!
The album opener "Jenny was a friend of mine" is a great statement to open a record with and in-between the two classic Smile Like You Mean It comes up trumps. A positive power packed start to the album that will leave you wanting more and more from Mr Flowers and company.
All These Things That I've done, already covered by many artists showing its class, rounds off a power packed opening five tracks. Perhaps the most anthemic, arena pleasing song of them all. Just simply perfect!
The albums ends with 5 other positive pop songs, all crafted superbly with no sign of filler. The Band stroll through the record with confidence and it shows. The only one song which I find totally cringe worthy is "Indie Rock and Roll" with Flowers singing in an annoying style and the whole meaning and lyrics to the song just grinding on me.
Nevertheless the album is a classic and one of the finest debut albums of recent times. It has at least two timeless classic songs and is the perfect introduction to one of the biggest and best bands in the world today.
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'Jenny Was A Friend of Mine', track one on The Killers' 2004 debut Hot Fuss, begins with crashing drums, groaning guitars and a synthesizer blaring out noises reminiscent of a police-siren. Enter Brandon Flowers on 'vox', jovially singing about murder in a faux-British accent, and the tempo is set. You've just got your first taste of what's to come from The Killers' stunning first album.
And they're only just getting started. Following on from 'Jenny', 'Mr Brightside', 'Smile Like You Mean It' and 'Somebody Told Me' form a poppy triptych of new wave cool and a peak of which The Killers and their indie rock 'n' roll contemporaries have yet to top. They're the singles that have won countless Best of The Decade polls; you may have heard them.
And so on to 'All These Things That I've Done'. There are many adjectives one could ascribe to the song - anthemic, uplifting, moving, nostalgic - but none come close to seriously giving an impression of its heart-warming power. Out of all the work that The Killers have since produced, 'All These Things' is still the one that gets crowds singing and feet moving. For my money, this remains the best Killers song.
'All These Things' having reached its climax, we move on to the remainder of Hot Fuss. If the rest of the album pales in comparison, it's only because the opening salvo of the first five tracks are so unbelievably good. There is still some worth elsewhere on the record; lots of it, in fact.
'Believe Me Natalie', which Flowers once cited as his favourite Killers song, is the heartbreaking account of a dying woman's tale, with yet more belting drums courtesy of Ronnie Vannucci, delightful guitar work from Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer and Flowers at his most British. 'Andy, You're A Star' contemplates an obsessive male-crush via droning guitars, while 'Midnight Show' tells of a grisly murder. From the murderer's perspective (lap these songs up - The Killers would never be as risque with their material ever again). To cap off the album, we have 'Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll', which could very easily have been a single in its own right. It never was, but the singalong chorus suggests that it should have been.
If there's a misstep on Hot Fuss, then album closer 'Everything Will Be Alright' is it, dragging on much longer that it ought to. But there's no arguing with the quality on the rest of this fine record, which I happen to think stands as one of the best of the last decade. The Killers have tried to reach this level of quality time and again since 2004, but have never quite managed it. Maybe pretending to be a British band was the best thing they ever did.
Let me start off by saying that I thought this to be a really good album. Despite the hints of greatness that can be seen, it still sounds like a first album. They (The Killers) sound like they are still trying to find their signature sound in many different directions.
These hints of greatness can even be seen in the less popular songs like "Believe Me Natalie", "Andy, You're a Star", and "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll". Honestly, this is where it all began for this band before they achieved major worldwide success. Most people will probably remember "Mr. Brightside" (considered by some to be the best song of the decade) and "Somebody Told Me."
However, the best song of the entire album has to be "All These Things That I've Done". It's a beautiful song that has a great tone and rhythm, but it has an even better meaning. The repeated line of "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier" solidifies this band as one of the best to come around in the early part of the 2000s. It is also one the best lines, even if it is quite simple, to be used in song within the last decade.
I took a chance on this band when I bought this record a few years ago. So, if you're feeling lucky and in a Vegas (birthplace of The Killers), buy this album and you won't be disappointed.
The Killers are an all time classic band with a fresh sound and a great look and personally i am a big fan of their singles and general band work, more and more this band seems to be going up my list of my favourite bands and would reccomend them to anyone who hadn't heard of them.
The Killers provide some rather inspiring Alternative Rock songs that are hard not to like, all of my family like them and so do all of my friends. Their songs in this album are from three minutes fourteen seconds to five minutes forty five seconds and include all of the following songs:
"Jenny Was a Friend of Mine"
"Smile Like You Mean It"
"Somebody Told Me"
"All These Things That I've Done"
"Andy, You're a Star"
"Change Your Mind"
"Believe Me Natalie"
"Everything Will Be Alright"
All of these songs are very much worth listening to especially if you like alternative rock.
The Killers are from Las Vegas and were formed in 2002. The band consists of Brandon Flowers (Vocals/Keyboards), Dave Keuning (Guitar), Mark Koermer (Bass Guitar) and Ronnie Vanucci Jr (Drums). Hot Fuss was their debut album and was released in 2004. The album was produced by Jeff Salzman and The Killers.
Here are my views on the album track by track....
1/ Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine: A cracking start to The Killers' debut album. It reminds me of 1980s alternative rock such as The Psychedelic Furs. It's got a really catchy guitar lick and a magnificent vocal performance by Brandon Flowers in the style of Robert Smith.
2/ Mr Brightside: One of the best songs by an American band in the last 20 years. This song got The Killers noticed and I will never forget their first appearance on TOTP singing this wonderful tune.
3/ Smile Like You Mean It: Another brilliant tune with a great chorus. Smile Like You Mean It features all the elements of classic 80s alternative rock, especially the keyboards which makes the chorus particularly memorable.
4/ Somebody Told Me: It's got that incredibly catchy and memorable line, "Somebody told me you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend". Brandon Flowers could be singing about his bi-sexual friend.
5/ All These Things That I've Done: This song has got a choir on it, apparently one that worked with Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley! I love that line, "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier". Arguably the album's greatest moment.
6/ Andy, You're A Star: This song is built around Dave Keuning's chopping guitar riff and Ronnie Vanucci Jr's brush style drums. "Hey shut up" says Brandon Flowers who sings with so much passion. He sounds as if he's gasping for breath at times.
7/ On Top: Moves along with a catchy keyboard turn from Flowers. It's got a good chorus, "it's a shimmy and a shake, we're on top" etc. Again it's very Cure like which isn't a bad thing at all.
8/ Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll: Is this how the Killers describe their music? A decent track but not a classic.
9/ Believe Me Natalie: Another Killers classic with dream-like keyboards. "Forget what they said in Soho. Leave the oh-nos out" sings Brandon Flowers. The song would suit Robert Smith perfectly.
10/ Midnight Show: Great guitar by Dave Keuning. Wonderfully punchy bass by Mark Stoermer. This track reminds me a bit of Iggy Pop only because he did a song called Sister Midnight!
11/ Everything Will Be Alright: An epic track to end a cracking debut album. EWBA is all passionate and atmospheric. Brandon Flowers doesn't need to reassure us. Everything is fine. Hot Fuss is great.
So there you have it, Hot Fuss is a excellent debut album which the band arguably has failed to match. It contains many classic singles and is surely one of the best albums by an American band ever. 9 out of 10.
The Killers, Hot Fuss
A little bit about the album
The album was released in June 2004. It reached number one in the album charts in the UK, and in Australia. It is the first album The Killers released.
The album cover front is light blue and on the middle of the front it says 'the killers' in big white letters. 'the' is in small letters on top of the 'k'. Underneath this it says in smaller, spaced out, dark blue capitals it says 'H O T F U S S'. At the bottom there is a picture of the tops of some blue sky scraper buildings with lights on them. - As you can see in the picture (just to make sure you have the right one).
The disc itself is dark red.
Who are The Killers?
The Killers are an indie-rock band originated in Las Vegas. The members are:
Brandon Flowers (singer, keyboard)
David Keuning (Guitars)
Mark Stoermer (Bass)
Ronnie Vannucci (Drums)
They are a fantastic band - my favourite band of all time!
If you like indie rock and roll, alternative rock types of music then you'll love this. You've probably heard of them, they are famous world wide and a very popular band. If you think you've seen them on the music channels or heard them on the radio, their most recent songs that you're probably more likely to have heard recently are all from the new album, Day & Age, such as 'Human' (_Are we human, or are we dancer) in which the band are in a rocky, desert like place and the singer, Brandon Flowers (who is thinish with brown hair), is wearing a brown jacket with feathers decorating the shoulders. Another song you may have heard is 'Spaceman' (_And you know, I-i-i-i-i-i might just walk to the floor this time_) which in the video the band are at a party it seems, where everyone is dressed very strangely, and the singer is wearing a red jacket with feathers on the sleeves.I think they are quite a unique, original band but if I had to say I would say that other bands who are similar to them would probably be The Kaiser Cheifs, Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight, The Kooks. So if you are a fan of any of these bands you're probably very likely to enjoy The Killers'Pictures of Hot Fuss - Killers (The)
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How did I get the album?
To be honest, the album isn't exactly mine. I borrowed it from my dad once and because I love it so much I just don't want to give it back! My dad's always asking where it is, as he loves it too, but I love it so much I pretend I don't know where it is. Which just proves the album must be good for me to steal it and then lie about it aswell!!
I think my dad bought it from HMV when it first came out in 2004. Which means our copy is about five years old. It must be good quality then, because it isn't half as stratched as most of my albums and I listen to this one the most.
Songs on the album
The tracklisting of the album is:
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 dome
6. Andy, you're a star
7. On top
8. Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll
9. Believe me, Natalie
10. Midnight Show
11. Everything will be alright
Below I have written about each song individually, to tell you my opinions on each of the songs, why I do like it or don't like it, and I have also included some of the lyrics to help you recognise how each song goes. I was listening to the album as I write them to make my reports more valid.
01 Jenny was a friend of mine
_Jenny was a friend of mine_
_So come on, so come on_
Starts off with cool effects, then the guitars come in, dum dum _dum_ , dum dum _dum_ .
The first song on the album, its a great tune to get you in the mood for all the other amazing songs. I am listening to it now, and enjoying it! The tune is great and a typical Killers' song, I think.
Also, in this song, I think the singer, Brandon Flowers shows off his voice with some rock- ish shouts such as when he says 'Wowohoh' or something like that - its quite hard to understand what he actually says, but none the less it sounds amazing.
02 Mr Brightside
_Jealousy, turning saints into the sea_
_Swimming through sick lullabies_
_Choking on your alibis_
_But it's just the price I pay_
_Destiny is calling me_
_Open up my eager eyes_
_'Cause I'm Mr Brightside_ ...
Mr Brightside is my favourite song by the Killers. It was released on 24th May, 2004 and reached number 10 in the charts in the UK. Its a rocky song which a lot of people will like and enjoy and I think its really good, one of their best songs.
It's my favourite song because: a/ i love the lyrics, and I think they are really cool, b/ i love the tune, I think it is really catchy and I always want to sing along to it and I admit I actually know all the lyrics!! and c/ i love the singer's voice, and think his voice sounds great in this song - I think it sounds great in all their songs - but probably most in this song.
This song is one of those songs everyone likes, and after listening to it it always stays in my head.
03 Smile like you mean it
_Smile like you mean it,
Smile like you mean it_ ...
He sings with quite a deep voice at the start of this one, and you've probably guessed what I'm going to say, which is that he sounds great in it! Again.
The lyrics of this song confuse me, to be honest, as I'm not really sure what he's on about. 'Someone is playing a game in the house that I grew up in..'
The lyrics are really interesting, in the verses, but all the chorus is is 'Smile like you mean it'.
This was the third single released from the album as it was released in May, 2005. It reached number 11 in the UK charts, and in Australia it was ranked number 39 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.
04 Somebody told me
_Somebody told me,_
_that you had a boyfriend_
_who looked like the girlfriend_
_that I had in February of last year_ ...
The first single released from the album, the song that got them famous, Somebody told me is is a really catchy, rocky tune that just makes you want to sing and dance along.
It starts off with quite a rockish tune to it, and the chorus is really catchy and sort of fun to listen to.
It was released in March 2004 and reached number three in the charts in the UK, and is a very popular song.
I love this song because in my opinion is really catchy and cool. It was also actually the first ring tone I ever had on my phone.
05 All These Things That I've Done
_I've got soul but I'm not a soldier_,
_I've got soul but I'm not a solder_ ...
When I first heard this song I didn't like it, and found it a little bit boring, but after I listened to it a few more times I started to like it, so I found this one of those types of songs that has to grow on you. I now really like it, as I do most of the songs on this album, and think its a really good song. If you listen to it too much though, I find it gets boring.
06 Andy, You're a Star
_Cause Andy you're a star!_ ...
Listening to this song now I'd say I quite like it. It's a lively catchy tune and very enjoyable - like all The Killer's songs are. It's a bit rocky as in guitars and you feel like dancing when you hear it. The only thing I don't think I like about it is that its not one of those songs that stays in your head because its such a good song, I find that in my opinion this is a good song but nothing special.
07 On Top
_We're on top,_
_we're on top_ ...
This song isn't the best of the album and I don't think its as good as many of The Killers songs but its still got quite a good tune to it and even though I don't think its the best they've made I still like it and think its not bad.
08 Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
_Glamorous indie rock and roll_
_it's all I want_
_Its in my soul_
_its all I need_ ...
I love this song. It's really unique sounding and I loved it when I heard it for the first time. I think its one of those love it or hate it songs and my opinion is that I love it.
09 Believe me Natalie
This song is really boring in my opinion, usually when I get to this point in the album I either turn it off or start it again.
10 Midnight Show
Towards the end of the album the songs start to get a bit more boring, in my opinion. I think that the best songs on the disc are all closer to the start.
11 Everything Will Be Alright
I have compared some online prices to help you get the album for the cheapest deal. All prices are correct for Saturday 27th June.
On HMV.co.uk, the album is £3.99 with free delivery.
On Zavvi.co.uk, the album is £4.95 with free delivery.
Prices vary from around £3.99 to £4.99 (new and used copies) on Play.com.
What do I think of the album?
I think the album is fantastic, my favourite album out of all the CDs I own and the one I listen to the most. The Killers is one of my all time favourite bands, if not my no.1 favourite and I think this is a great album and definitely worth listening to.
Other albums I own by The Killers are Sams town and Sawdust. In my opinion Hot Fuss is definitely the best by miles.
The kind of music I like is a bit of everything really. I would say people who like indie rock, alternative rock all those types of music, would probably enjoy this album the most. It is a number one album so that tells us that a lot of people must enjoy it to have bought it for it to get to number one.
Would I recommend the album?
If you think I'm going to say no, then you obviously haven't being paying attention! Yes, I would definitely recommend the album, for all the reasons above. It is an excellent album by a fantastic band and I would recommend it to anyone. There is only one bad point about the album in my opinion and that is the fact that the songs start to get boring towards the end. However that is only my opinion and I know not everyone will agree and some people might like the last songs.
I hope my review has helped you with your buying decision if you have any questions just send a comment to my guestbook and I will happily answer if for you. x
A very interesting and exciting debut by a band soon to develop into the British conscious and hearts.. Jenny was a friend of mine sets the tone perfectly, synth tinged sounds fused with brilliant guitars and great melodies. By now, everyone will have at least heard Mr Brightside in passing, it is truly one of THE songs of the decade. The following songs up to and encompassing All these things that I've Done are equal in brilliance but truly seperate in ideas. However, after this point, the album seems to stagnate and becomes very hit and miss. On top and Midnight Show are essential for fans of the synth side of the Killers, both containing killer (pardon the pun) hooks. Indie Rock and roll however sounds lazy and is by far the low point on the album.
It is often hard to remember that the Killer's are American, such is the amount we've taken them to our hearts and given the strength of the debut, it is hard to see them ever falling away.
As you may be able to tell from some of my other reviews, I am a massive fan of the Killers; buying the majority of their albums and seeing them live on a couple of occasions. However, this should take nothing away from the review I am about to give; as it is my favourite all time album.
This album was the debut studio album produced by The Killers in the year 2004. It topped the charts in the UK and stayed in the Top 50 albums for one entire year. A truly magmanimous task. Achieving sales of more than 7.5m units worldwide, and producing many great singles such as Mr Brightside, All these things that i've done and Smile like you mean it; it is hard to say that this album has been nothing but a 5 star success.
1) Jenny was a friend of mine
Although this song was never produced as a single, its a firm favourite for most Killers fans. It is still played at their newest gigs and is an indie classic, sounding much the same as tracks such as Smile like you mean it and Somebody told me.
The absolute all time classic. I ask anyone if they have been out and not heard this song then they must be wearing ear plugs. A brilliant indie tune that is loved worldwide.
3)Smile like you mean it
This track is very similar to Jenny was a Friend of Mine, although probably my least favourite of the album, its still a great track and well worth a listen.
4)Somebody Told me
This track made the Killer's famous. Their first ever number one and it paved the way for the great things to come. Although not often heard anymore, its still a great track and well worth listening too.
5)All these things that i've done
6)Andy your a star
9.Believe Me Natalie
11.Everything Will Be Alright
This album is an absolute must for anyone whos a fan of Indie in general or the Killers. I cannot recommend it more highly, and although its becoming slightly dated now, it still fits in with today's other indie tunes.
Hot Fuss is without doubt one of my favourite albums of recent years. Almost every track is excellent and in my opinion the phrase "all killer no filler" was invented for this album.
The albums standout track for me has to be Mr Brightside, which brings back great memories from university but musically the album is of that high a standard, that picking one track would be a great injustice to the work of the Las Vegas four. Other tracks that personally hit high notes are "Andy your're a star" , "Somebody told me" and the banging beat of "Glamourous Indie Rock and Roll".
With songs that are often lyrically nonsensical (I've got soul but Im not a soldier) ,have infectious drum beats and twisting guitar riffs, the Killers pull off what in my eyes will be remembered as a high point in early 20th century music for years to come.
Early 2004 one of the greatest albums of the decade was released and it was mainly ignored. Despite reasonable success on the underground scene and building up a cult following, The Killers just couldn't break through into the big time.
A bit of mass marketing later and some quickly re-released singles and platinum album here we come!
Because Hot Fuss was so comercially successful it's easy to be cynical about it and cite all the samples and copied sounds. Yes it's not exactly original, yes the sheep brigade latched onto it and in some sense of the word ruined the unearthed treasure of the album but it's still just under an hour of outstanding music, a rollercoaster or emotions and a selection of tracks that will get you moving like no other.
The easy and steady intro of Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine is a perfect foil for the explosion of Mr Brightside, a sequence wonderfully created by the melodramatic ambience of Smile Like You Mean It with the gospel feel chants before Somebody Told Me.
Whilst the rest of the album follows a much mellower and perhaps self indulgent feel to it, the quality still can't be overlooked with some clever lyrics, intellegent scores and cheeky samples.
If you expect Mr Brightside and Somebody Told Me all the way through, forget it. If you expect a variety, a challenge and something to think about then this is the album for you.
It seems the same has happened again, a very promising band has come out with a cracking debut album but then never been able to re-capture their form. Well this is the cracking debut album and I'll tell you why.
The Killers seemed to come from absolutely no-where, they hadn't been a success over in the USA so they tried to make it over in the UK with this album. Hot Fuss received rave reviews from critics, music fans and everybody in the music industry and it's easy to see why.
The album features several stand out tracks but as well as these all the other tracks are very good as well, they're not just filler content. I have a number of favourites on the album:
(2) Mr Brightside - This is the song that really defined the band over here, it has become an anthem. Mainly for it's relationship based lyrics and fast paced nature.
(3) Smile Like You Mean It - Again another single that was released but although it received wide spread air play it was a top quality song. Again the Killers incorporated good lyrics with a good tune that stuck in your head, and the guitar riffs are unforgettable.
(4) Somebody Told Me - This was released as a single as well and I enjoy the fast paced nature of the song again that has a tune which will stick in your head.
My other favourite songs on the album are On Top and Believe Me Natalie. To be honest there isn't one bad track on this album and if you don't own it by now I have to question why not. The album is a bargain, maximum you should pay would be £5 and not only is it a complete bargain, it's a great album!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
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 Ive Done
6 Andy, Youre A Star
7 On Top
8 Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
9 Believe Me Natalie
10 Midnight Show
11 Everything Will Be Alright