It’s been barely a decade since Vegas-based alt-rockers The Killers released their debut album Hot Fuss. Four albums later, they are hailed by many as one of the vanguards of the post-punk revival and one of the best bands of the 2000s. “Mr. Brightside” is the song that started it all.
The debut single off their debut album, “Mr. Brightside” had already put The Killers on the map in the local music scene of Las Vegas before the rest of us knew about it. The song was an instant hit, climbing all the way to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 3 on the Alternative Songs chart. This, along with subsequent singles like “Somebody Told Me” and “All These Things that I Have Done,” propelled Hot Fuss to triple-Platinum status and garnered the band the first of seven Grammy nominations.
After continuing to record and tour heavily for six years, The Killers took a brief hiatus in 2010, but returned last year with Battle Born. Still, their first single remains their top-selling single, and has made more “best of” lists than you can shake a stick at. Here it is: enjoy!