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The Monday Meh! – The Killers

KillersProducts are perception. It doesn’t matter the intrinsic value of what you are peddling as long as you have the brand pitched perfectly. Look at Apple. Do they sell the best products? Debatable. Do they have their branding correct? Undoubtedly. And when the public perceive you in a negative light, it’s tough to get away from. Look at poor Burberry. For years an expensive, luxury brand they have been appropriated by chavs and you simply wouldn’t go near it now.

The Killers are Burberry. You owned some years ago and you used to quite like it but you simply wouldn’t countenance a purchase now.

Because the Killers were once quite good. Their first run-through wasn’t the glittering success you may imagine. Early singles ‘Somebody Told Me’ and ‘Mr. Brightside’ were great but didn’t do much. To be honest, they looked like your run-of-the-mill indie band – a quick look at the early videos will show you a Brandon Flowers before he developed the cocksure swagger. But they were good songs, and debut album ‘Hot Fuzz’ was excellent. The most remarkable thing about it was its consistency. There is nary a bad track on it, and it became a word-of-mouth hit. A genuine, non-manufactured buzz grew about the band. A couple of re-recorded videos and a heavy tour schedule saw them climb rapidly.

The first sign there was something strange stirring came with the success of cash-in single ‘All These Things I’ve Done’ with its colossally stupid ‘I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier’ refrain. (Seriously, what is that? I have toast occasionally, but I’m not a toaster. I wouldn’t make that fact the bedrock of my career.) Idiots found that nonsensical drivel somehow inspirational, and flocked. The band were suddenly highlighting festivals. They’ve never stopped.

Since then, they have released two poor albums and made it fairly obvious that they have bough the ‘U2’s Career for Dummies’ book and are following it slavishly. ‘Sam’s Town’ was deflating in its lack of ambition – listen to ‘Bones’ for an example – and ‘Day and Age’ failed to chart new territory. But will they care? No. they are the go-to headline band for a festival, guaranteed to bring legions of Burberry wearers and students to your site. Brandon Flowers is now unrecognisable as the diffident, shy fellow of old and has become a genuine rock dullard.

A waste of talent? Maybe. But I’ll wager their bank managers don’t agree.

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5 Responses

  1. aren’t they the cunts who also sang about “Are we dancers or are we humans”??
    What the fuck is that all about?

  2. That’s them and God knows!

  3. I have to say that the level and quality of swearing on this site is refreshing – used more often as an exclamation mark than a comma.

    The opening tracks on Hot Fuss/Fuzz 🙂 are absolutely superb and for a debut album, promised great things to come.

    They’re better live than on record but ultimately, I can’t demur from the conclusion of the author.

    If they were a horse their fornm guide would read; “Started brightly, promising early pace, faded badly.”

  4. Yep. Great beginning but very careerist very quickly.

  5. I love The Killers they really are without doubt one of my favourite bands. Although I must say I ran across this impressive mr brightside cover version on YouTube today and y’know I prefer it more than the genuine performace! You have to view this … The Killers Mr Brightside Cover

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