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Album Review: The Killers – Hot Fuss

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The Killers sound is very much of the here and now, super-influenced, retrospective indie rock. Maybe that should be ‘hear and plough’ instead of ‘here and now’? I’m not being harsh. The current trend for guaitar bands is very retro. Right now is a very good time to be a fan of Joy Division. On Hot Fuss there are several moments where you go, “Mmmmm. Whatever did happen to Joy Division? Oh, yeah.”

But there are other moments where you go, “Mmmmm. Late Beatles,” “Mmmmm. New Order,” and even “Mmmm. Glam Rock.” Don’t let this put you off. The album has a nice sound, and when the strong influences are peeled away, you can get some great tracks. There are two absolute corkers on this album, but you already know them as they have both been released as singles. But there are several other tracks that are very good indeed, but not floor fillers in the same way.

The corkers are of course, Somebody Told Me, one of several songs on the album refering to pursuing girls in clubs. In this case feeling you are in with a chance with a girl because she went out with a boy who looks like one of your ex-girlfriends. But the trouble is, our lads are a bit too sensitive as is evinced by the other corker, Mr Brightside. There has been much debate about what this song is actually about. Sure, jealousy is in there, as it is screamed fairly often. But what is the story? My take is that it is the tormet of a sensitive soul who during a party or the like kisses a girl, but she goes home (seemingly) with someone else. Thus our hero imagines all sorts of disturbing goings on between the other two (chest touching and dress removing), but he also realises this is just in his head, and this could be the start of something destinal for him. After all, he is Mr Brightside (he keeps telling himself).

Since then I have listened again, and I am now erring towards it being that the relationship is blossoming (but not started) and he sees her kiss someone, but not neccessarily sexually and all the jealous anguish he is going through. He has not kissed her yet.

It’s a very reminiscent thematically of Rialto’s epic “Monday Morning, 5:19,” a classic tale of a man anguished by not being able to get hold of his girlfriend through the night who, he concludes, must be cheating on him. We never know if it is true or if she just switched off her phone.

Now I listen to it again, I realise this is all in the mind of Action Man, because of the line, “Open up my Eagle-Eyes®”

Rating: 4 thumbs up.
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  • Stan

    Yow. Over-compression is now a “nice sound”? Sorry man, it makes my ears hurt.