Slacker Logo

The Killers

ON AIR
Advertisement
Advertisement

Bio

Few bands in the early 2000s rose so quickly to the forefront of pop music as the Killers. With a mix of '80s-styled synth pop and fashionista charm, the band's street-smart debut, Hot Fuss, became one of 2004's biggest releases, spawning four singles and catapulting the group -- particularly their dandyish, 22-year-old frontman, Brandon Flowers -- into the international spotlight. Hot Fuss reveled in the garish glitz of the band's native Las Vegas, spinning tales of androgynous girlfriends and illicit affairs to a public whose taste for revivalist dance-rock would prove to be virtually insatiable. Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, and the Bravery all benefited from such retro-minded interest, but the Killers unapologetically trumped them all -- even when their sophomore effort, Sam's Town, deemphasized the group's new wave sensibilities in favor of something more akin to the heartland rock of Bruce Springsteen and Rattle and Hum-era U2. Brandon Flowers (vocals/keyboards), David Keuning (guitar), Mark Stoermer (bass), and Ronnie Vannucci (drums) first came together in 2002, two years before Hot Fuss introduced their band to the public. Flowers had been sacked by his former synth pop band, Blush Response, after refusing to move to Los Angeles with the rest of his bandmates. Instead, he remained in Las Vegas, where he soon met local guitarist and Oasis fanatic Keuning. The two began collaborating on material; within weeks, they'd composed their soon-to-be radio hit "Mr. Brightside." Stoermer, a former medical courier, and Vannucci, a classical percussion major at UNLV, eventually joined the fray, and the band began playing small clubs in its hometown. A U.K. representative for Warner Bros. caught wind of the Killers' brewing hype, and although he neglected to bring them on board the Warner roster, he did pass along their demo to the London-based indie imprint Lizard King. The British label quickly signed the Killers, who temporarily moved to the U.K. and issued a limited-edition single for "Mr. Brightside." The Killers' buzz had effectively traveled back across the Atlantic by fall 2003, and the band was offered a prime spot at the annual CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. A worldwide deal with Island followed shortly thereafter, positioning the Killers to join the ranks of Interpol, the Rapture, and the Strokes. Shared U.K. dates with British Sea Power and stellastarr* in 2004 gave the Killers an opportunity to showcase material from their debut album, Hot Fuss, which was released that June. "Somebody Told Me," "Mr. Brightside," "Smile Like You Mean It," and "All These Things That I've Done" all became worldwide chart hits, and Hot Fuss peaked at number seven on the Billboard Top 200. Buoyed by such success, Flowers became a sought-after media presence, often lashing out at such groups as the Bravery for riding his band's coattails into the mainstream. The frontman's confidence was not unwarranted; by 2006, Hot Fuss had earned five Grammy nominations and sold over five million copies. Rather than take a break to recover from their heavy tour regime, the Killers immediately set to work on a second album. A newly built facility at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas became the band's studio, and legendary producers Flood and Alan Moulder (who had previously worked together with U2 and the Smashing Pumpkins) were chosen to helm the controls. Instead of mining the glamour and glitz of their hometown (as they did to a successful extent on Hot Fuss), the group instead focused on nostalgia and the demise of old-fashioned American values, citing veteran songsmith Bruce Springsteen as a chief influence. The popularity generated by leadoff single "When You Were Young" led up to the highly anticipated release of Sam's Town in early October 2006. While the album did not match the popularity of the band's debut, it nevertheless sold 700,000 copies worldwide during its first week, eventually spawning three U.S. singles and gaining the Killers two additional Grammy nods. Sawdust, a collection of B-sides, rarities, and remixes, followed one year later, serving as a stopgap recording between the band's proper studio albums. The Killers then returned in 2008 with Day & Age, which eschewed the Americana tangents of Sam's Town in favor of pop pastiches and sleek, oddball dance-rock. The band's return to the dancefloor was emboldened by Stuart Price, a veteran producer who had previously worked with Madonna and Gwen Stefani, and the Top 40 single "Human" helped the Killers continue their commercial streak. A lengthy tour carried the band into 2009, which also saw the release of the concert album Live from the Royal Albert Hall. Solo work comprised many of the next few years, including Brandon Flowers' Flamingo, Ronnie Vannucci's Big Talk, and Mark Stoermer's Another Life. After reconvening in early 2011, the band got to work on its fourth studio album, enlisting a small army of notable producers, including Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Stuart Price, and Brendan O'Brien. The resulting Battle Born was released in September, 2012. In early 2013, the band announced that they would be releasing their first greatest-hits collection later that year. Entitled Direct Hits, the November release featured two newly recorded songs, "Shot at Night" and "Just Another Girl," which were produced by M83 and Stuart Price, respectively. ~ Andrew Leahey
Read All Read Less

Albums by
The Killers

false

    12 songs

    On Air

    Battle Born

    15 songs

    On Air

    Battle Born [Deluxe Edition]

    10 songs

    On Air

    Day & Age

    12 songs

    On Air

    Sam's Town

    11 songs

    On Air

    Hot Fuss

    5 songs

    On Air

    Human

    18 songs

    On Air

    Direct Hits [Bonus Tracks]

    17 songs

    On Air

    Sawdust

    3 songs

    On Air

    Read My Mind [International Remixes]

    1 song

    On Air

    Runaways

    1 song

    On Air

    Boots

    1 song

    On Air

    Happy Birthday Guadalupe!

    1 song

    On Air

    Tidal Wave

    1 song

    On Air

    Joseph, Better You Than Me

    1 song

    On Air

    Don't Shoot Me Santa

    1 song

    On Air

    A Great Big Sled

    1 song

    On Air

    Mr. Brightside

    15 songs

    On Air

    Direct Hits

    3 songs

    On Air

    Somebody Told Me

    2 songs

    On Air

    Spaceman (Bimbo Jones Radio Mix)

    14 songs

    On Air

    Sam's Town [Japan Bonus Tracks]

    16 songs

    On Air

    Sam's Town [Australia Bonus DVD]

    12 songs

    On Air

    Hot Fuss [Special Edition]

    17 songs

    On Air

    Sam's Town: Tour Edition [Bonus Tracks] [Bonus DVD]

See All Albums

Top Songs by
The Killers

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Mr. Brightside
  3.   Somebody Told Me
  4.   When You Were Young
  5.   Human
  6.   All These Things That I've Done
  7.   Spaceman
  8.   Read My Mind
  9.   Don't Shoot Me Santa
  10.   Shot at the Night
  11.   Shadowplay
  12.   Runaways
  13.   Smile Like You Mean It
  14.   Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
  15.   A Great Big Sled
  16.   For Reasons Unknown
  17.   A Dustland Fairytale
  18.   Boots
  19.   Miss Atomic Bomb
  20.   Sam's Town
  21.   Tranquilize
  22.   This Is Your Life
  23.   Bones
  24.   Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
  25.   Joseph, Better You Than Me featuring Elton John
  26. See All Songs

Stations & Shows Featuring
The Killers

    On Air

    Alternative Hits

    On Air

    Slacker 20: Bah Humbug

    On Air

    '00s Alternative

    On Air

    The 44 Biggest Remixes of All Time

    On Air

    Hipster Holiday

    On Air

    Adam Levine: DNA

    On Air

    Alternative Workout

    On Air

    Kip Moore: I Am The DJ

    On Air

    twenty one pilots: DNA

    On Air

    '00s Hits

    On Air

    Sunday In The Park

    On Air

    Olly Murs: I Am The DJ

    On Air

    Alternative Deep Dive

    On Air

    Songs That Should Have Been Hits

    On Air

    Sing-A-Long Songs

    On Air

    Alternative Hits

    On Air

    Singing In The Shower

    On Air

    Party Hits

    On Air

    Top 100 Artists in Slacker History

    On Air

    Duran Duran: DNA

    On Air

    Rooster Teeth: I Am The DJ

    On Air

    Radiohead: DNA

    On Air

    Lou Reed: DNA

    On Air

    David Nail: I Am The DJ

See All Stations & Shows

Artists Related to
The Killers

On Air

Muse

On Air

Weezer

On Air

Kings of Leon

On Air

Mumford & Sons

On Air

Coldplay

On Air

The Black Keys

On Air

blink-182

On Air

Foo Fighters

On Air

Modest Mouse

On Air

Death Cab For Cutie

On Air

Green Day

On Air

The Strokes

On Air

The White Stripes

On Air

Cage the Elephant

On Air

Red Hot Chili Peppers

On Air

Foster the People

On Air

Linkin Park

On Air

Fall Out Boy

On Air

MGMT

On Air

Radiohead

On Air

Florence + The Machine

On Air

Panic! At The Disco

On Air

Silversun Pickups

On Air

Franz Ferdinand

See All Related Artists

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -

 
 
Advertisement

LIVE STREAM...

LIVE STREAM...
Casting to |