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Rock Rewind: The Killers “Mr. Brightside”

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!

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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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