This week I have chosen the fantastic 'Mr Brightside' from the Killers as my retro single of the week.
'Mr Brightside' was the debut single from The Killers. It was the first single from their debut album 'Hot Fuss' which was released in 2004.
The album smashed to the top of the UK album charts, and this single peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.
This is such a brilliant song. I haven't heard it for some time now, but its one of those songs that still sounds distinct, recognisable and fresh. Its a song that also won lots of acclaim and recognition - its won awards for the best song of the decade, best track and been recognised by XFM, NME, various radio and TV to name but a few. Yes, its that good.
'Mr Brightside' is a rock song. It kicks straight in with that distinctive piano/keyboard tinkling that continues through it. The guitars kick in, then the drums and builds as Flowers vocals come in with the fabulous lyrics "coming out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine".
The video, well one of 2 videos this being the official one, is all ladies made up like madams a la Moulin Rouge style. They dance whilst the men look on, including Brandon who is watching whilst singing. Clearly this song is about being unfaithful, as this plays out with none other than Eric Roberts starring as the other man, whilst the lady flirts about between him and Flowers.
Apparently the song is based around an unfaithful ex of Flowers. The lyrics continue "It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this". My particular favourite is the line "jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis". Its just so clever, and he sings it with such force, such angst, it just sweeps you up.
This song truly put The Killers on the map. For a debut single, its just perfect, and I don't believe it could have been bettered. It still sounds absolutely amazing.
I suggest you go and take a listen to this, and play it loud as its just about as good as it gets this one. Let me know if you enjoyed it, and happy listening. :)
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