The Killers: ‘Putting out a greatest hits album feels like a douchie move’

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Drummer Ronnie Vannucci says the Las Vegas band would rather have waited another 10 years

The Killers have spoken candidly about the release of their best of compilation ‘Direct Hits’, calling it a “douchie move”.

Speaking to The Daily Star, drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr (pictured top right) admitted that the band weren’t pleased with the decision to put out a greatest hits album at this point of their career, but their contract agreement with their record label forced them to do so.

He explained: “We’d wait another 10 years if it was up to us, but it’s a contractual thing. We can fill a CD so it makes good business sense at this time of year. However, it’s not like we’re so pleased with ourselves we want to put it out. It feels like a douchie move.”

He also reaffirmed that the release of the compilation, that also includes new single ‘Shot At the Night’ and ‘Just Another Girl’, doesn’t mean that the band is splitting up: “I’m looking forward to coming back when we’re ready. It’s a very strange existence, a huge juggling act to navigate this rock’n’roll life. The perception of us is what it is – people know what’s up.”

The tracklisting for ‘Direct Hits’ is:

‘Mr Brightside’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘When You Were Young’
‘Read My Mind’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Miss Atomic Bomb’
‘The Way It Was’
‘Shot At The Night’
‘Just Another Girl’

Deluxe Version tracks:

‘Mr Brightside’ (Original Demo)
‘When You Were Young’ (Calvin Harris remix)
‘Be Still’