The Killers - Hot Fuss
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Release date: 20 September 2004
An album of two halves, one of which was brilliant...
Science: if you accept the principle of infinity (go with us here, because if you don't you're pretty much rubbishing every rule in the known universe from 'gravity' to 'people who wear scarves indoors being idiots') then, taken to its logical conclusion, every permutation of every possibility will eventually happen. So it was only a matter of time before the world...
- Jul 1, 2004
Tracklisting click track to read more
- Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
- Mr. Brightside
- Smile Like You Mean It
- Somebody Told Me
- All These Things That I've Done
- Andy, You're A Star
- On Top
- Change Your Mind
- Believe Me Natalie
- Midnight Show
- Everything Will Be Alright
- Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll
Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday, June 22
- Jul 3, 2013
The Killers embrace 1980s U2 hugeness
- Sep 14, 2012
The Killers are back, and at their best
- Jul 10, 2012
The part-animated promo features actors Owen Wilson and Harry Dean Stanton
Band will line-up alongside Elton John, One Direction and Katy Perry for ITV show finale
This year's song is called 'Christmas In LA' and will fatire an animated Warren Zevon
The Killers - Hot Fuss: Wikipedia Album Entry
Hot Fuss is the debut album by Las Vegas-based post-punk revival band The Killers, first released in 2004. The album reached #1 in both the UK and Australia, and was certified 3x Platinum in Canada (300,000 units) by the CRIA on October 17, 2005. It stayed in the Top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart for over fifty weeks. Singles from the album include, in order released, "Somebody Told Me", "Mr. Brightside", "All These Things That I've Done", and "Smile Like You Mean It".
Towards the end of 2005, The Killers also released the album on 7" vinyl in a boxset of 11 discs. On side A of each of the discs is the album track, and on the B-side are non-album tracks. It is also one of the last five albums, in order of chronology, to be placed in the "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". Hot Fuss sold more than 2,500,000 copies in the first year of its release. After being nominated for five Grammys, it has since sold more than 5,000,000 copies worldwide.
2 of the songs on the album ("Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine" and "Midnight Show") are a continuing story along with "Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf" from Sawdust, which is known as the Murder Trilogy. The band have also said they may expand this in the future. The order of the songs is the reverse of how they appeared on the albums, with "Leave the Bourbon On The Shelf" being first, followed by "Midnight Show" and finally "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine". In their official biography the Killers explain a few of the theories behind the Murder Trilogy. For example Brandon Flowers says "There was water involved, although he didn’t drown her."
Hot Fuss was released on June 7, 2004 in the United Kingdom and on June 15, 2004 in the United States. The album reached top of the album charts in both the United Kingdom and Australia and was certified 3x Platinum in Canada (300,000 units) by the CRIA in October 2005. It stayed in the Top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart for over fifty weeks. Singles from the album include, in order released, "Somebody Told Me", "Mr. Brightside", "All These Things That I've Done" and "Smile Like You Mean It". Towards the end of 2005, The Killers also released the album on 7" vinyl in a box set of 11 discs. On side A of each disc is the album track and on the B-side are non-album tracks. It is also one of the five most recent albums listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Hot Fuss sold more than 2,500,000 copies in the first year of its release.
Initial critical response to Hot Fuss was generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 66, based on 20 reviews. Rolling Stone gave the album three-and-a-half stars out of five. 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." 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?", and ultimately gave the album a "C".
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