Released: May 2004

How about this for serendipity? ‘Mr Brightside’ was the very first song The Killers wrote together, at their very first rehearsal session (you can hear the original 2001 demo version on YouTube). Imagine that: within hours of entering the practice studio you’re playing this: a song so melodically perfect, so surging, and so urgent, it will soundtrack end-of-the-night, scream-the-words carnage for decades to come (it’s also the most Scrobbled track in the history of Last.fm). 

But this is more than just boozy indie-night fare: it’s the lyrical riptide of paranoia that makes it, as Brandon Flowers details the gut-twisting horrors of jealousy (“I just can’t look, it’s killing me”). But it’s all OK, because destiny is calling him…

 

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