What's the Story on the Killers?
I heard "Mr. Brightside" on the way home from work the other day, and it reminded me about this flash-in-the-pan vibe I get from the Killers. "Mr. Brightside" and "Somebody Told Me" are both fun songs, and the band seems to getting quite a bit of response from the critics, but I can't help but feel that by the time their next album comes out we'll have had our fill and the album will stiff. I must admit that I'm mostly just speaking from a feeling that I get. I haven't seen the band live, and that could change my mind, but we'll see. I don't think that Brandon Flowers does himself any favors in his pointless feud with the Bravery (and, just for the record, I haven't even heard the Bravery, so this is not a protective lunge in favor of that band, either), claiming that they're just copying the Killers, as if nobody ever thought of channeling New Order before. You can see a couple of examples of the feud here and here. In googling, I found this recent Rolling Stone article that cites Blondie's "Dreaming," Blur's "Girls and Boys," Hunky Dory, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, U2, and Paul Anka as influences. And, oh yeah, Brandon also wants to play the lead in Phantom of the Opera, but not for longer than a month or so. The more I read, the more I flash back to the Spin Doctors.