The Killers' Brandon Flowers criticises 'retarded' US pop music

Frontman says the songs played in America are "not even music"

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Brandon Flowers of The Killers has hit out at the state of pop music in America, saying the majority of what he hears is "retarded".

In a new interview with The Sun, The Killers discussed the fact they made a name for themselves in the UK before they were a success in their native US. Drummer Ronnie Vanucci said he was was not surprised at being successful away from America because he feels great music is ignored in the country.

"Breaking in the UK first was great because America is retarded musically," says Vanucci. "It's upside down. There's so much great music that doesn't get the attention. There's a lot of bullshit on US radio.''

Picking up where his bandmate led, Brandon Flowers added: ''I start to wonder, what do adults listen to? Do they listen to what's being played on the radio? You should listen to something that's for you - not about giving your virginity to your boyfriend on Saturday night. It is retarded. Every song is that song. And if 40-year-olds are listening to that rubbish, they're going to raise kids on it. It's not even music.''

The Killers will headline a one-off London date later this month to coincide with the release of their best-of album 'Direct Hits'.The band will perform live at the at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith (formerly the Hammersmith Apollo) on Wednesday, November 6.

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'Direct Hits' is a 15-song compilation which will feature two brand new songs – 'Just Another Girl', which sees the band reunite with longtime collaborator Stuart Price, and 'Shot At The Night', which will be released as a single on November 4, and is produced by M83's Anthony Gonzalez. Deluxe versions of the album will include a demo version of 'Mr Brightside' and a Calvin Harris remix of 'When You Were Young'.

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