I have come to the conclusion that Mr Brightside by The Killers might just be the best song of the past ten years

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It is fucking MEGA.

Zarr, Friday, 25 February 2005 10:43 (sixteen years ago) link

fuck sake.

jed_ (jed), Friday, 25 February 2005 10:48 (sixteen years ago) link

You have no taste.

This played last week at a club and it was MEGA.

Zarr, Friday, 25 February 2005 10:54 (sixteen years ago) link

played at a club? wow. i think you started another thread about their other single, no?

jed_ (jed), Friday, 25 February 2005 10:56 (sixteen years ago) link

best thread ever

Rizz (Rizz), Friday, 25 February 2005 10:58 (sixteen years ago) link

"tripping the lame fagtastic"

jed_ (jed), Friday, 25 February 2005 11:03 (sixteen years ago) link

You guys hate fun. And good tunes.

Zarr, Friday, 25 February 2005 11:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Shit I'm not even the biggest rock fan right now but i'd rather hear the bloc party than this.

djdee2005 (djdee2005), Friday, 25 February 2005 11:10 (sixteen years ago) link

i have come to the conclusion that you are deaf. and i don't care.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 25 February 2005 11:12 (sixteen years ago) link

i have come to the conclusion that 'Beethoven's 5th' might just be the best of that long running series of dog-based comedy films.

Lee (fsharp), Friday, 25 February 2005 11:24 (sixteen years ago) link

You guys just hate anything that sells more than 10 copies.

This song is fab.

Zarr, Friday, 25 February 2005 11:42 (sixteen years ago) link

The Killers suck complete balls.

the other kate (ffs!) (papa november), Friday, 25 February 2005 11:44 (sixteen years ago) link

You guys just hate anything that sells more than 10 copies.

it has to be somewhere under ten or above triple plat for me to fuck with.

djdee2005 (djdee2005), Friday, 25 February 2005 11:46 (sixteen years ago) link

David Blunkett is the MP for Sheffield Brightside. If you listen to this song with the recent Kimberley Fortier press "scandal" in mind, it takes on a whole new meaning.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Friday, 25 February 2005 12:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I say, quite possibly. Not 10 years, but still.

Mark G, Friday, 25 February 2005 12:44 (sixteen years ago) link

it's not even the best song of the last ten minutes

coco, Friday, 25 February 2005 13:12 (sixteen years ago) link

It's not even the best song on "Hot Fuss", which is "On Top", which channels New Wave so well.

AdrianB (AdrianB), Friday, 25 February 2005 13:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Anybody remember the original take of 'Mr Brightside'? with the horrible sounding guitars, no keyboards and bad singing?

This isn't the best anything, but it isn't the worst either. It is avarage.

Hari A$hur$t (Toaster), Friday, 25 February 2005 13:21 (sixteen years ago) link

It's absolutely terrible. I hate the Killers and their pseudo-dangerous band name.

mrjosh (mrjosh), Friday, 25 February 2005 13:23 (sixteen years ago) link

You guys must really be a drag to go out with.

Zarr, Friday, 25 February 2005 14:01 (sixteen years ago) link

Everyone who has differing opinions from me HATES FUN and is probably a TERRORIST

Mickey (modestmickey), Friday, 25 February 2005 14:09 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm willing to vouch for this song. That first single was absolute shit, something about it physically pained me to listen to. But this one (esp. the Lu Cont remix) is pretty damn glorious. And at least you can look past the lyrics on this on and enjoy the tune with this one, a feat that was impossible with the glaringly terrible lyrics of Somebody Told Me.

Ten years is pushing it, tho, it wasn't even in the top 20 songs of last year.

stephen morris (stephen morris), Friday, 25 February 2005 14:12 (sixteen years ago) link

I like the guitar version more. I was disappointed when I heard the synthpop version.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 25 February 2005 14:42 (sixteen years ago) link

(I still like it.)

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 25 February 2005 14:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Heard it 10+ times, still can't remember a thing about it. (Unlike "Somebody Told Me," which, for all its idiotic affectations, was pretty undeniable).

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Friday, 25 February 2005 14:46 (sixteen years ago) link

This song just makes me want to break stuff. It rox.

Zarr, Friday, 25 February 2005 14:48 (sixteen years ago) link

I love this song.

miccio (miccio), Friday, 25 February 2005 14:50 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm no music critic, I don't write for any hip music website or anything but I happen to think The Killers are the shitty inbred cousin of Interpol.

the other kate (ffs!) (papa november), Friday, 25 February 2005 14:56 (sixteen years ago) link

They're the emo Duran Duran.

miccio (miccio), Friday, 25 February 2005 14:58 (sixteen years ago) link

i have come to the conclusion that The Killers might just be hopeless fuckwhistles.

zappi (joni), Friday, 25 February 2005 14:59 (sixteen years ago) link

They're the emo Duran Duran.

Great.

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:01 (sixteen years ago) link

The music sounds okay, the lyrics are ridiculous.

So, yes, Duran Duran..

except the lead singer is better looking.

hobart paving (hobart paving), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:02 (sixteen years ago) link

The filmclip is the lamest pile of toss I've seen in recent times too. I can see what it's trying to do but it isn't doing it.

the other kate (ffs!) (papa november), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:04 (sixteen years ago) link

For me the lyric "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier" will always define the Killers, no matter how good the rest of their output.

They're very slick. They look nice. They're pointless.

hobart paving (hobart paving), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:06 (sixteen years ago) link

The track on the NME CD was pretty good too.

markG, Friday, 25 February 2005 15:07 (sixteen years ago) link

I heard them interviewed on the telly. I think that was what really pushed me over the edge.

the other kate (ffs!) (papa november), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:08 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.hollywoodcultmovies.com/assets/images/autogen/a_EricRoberts1.jpg

"I proudly endorse this nu-wave band."

miccio (miccio), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh, "Say a prayer" is the next single...

Oh, I mean "Smile like you mean it" silly...

MG, Friday, 25 February 2005 15:09 (sixteen years ago) link

A train carrying The Killers is heading south at 100 km/h while a train carrying The Bravery is heading north on the same track at 110 km/h. The trains are currently 1014 km apart. How long until the world of music will be a greatly improved place upon their collision?

HS

Hector Savage, Friday, 25 February 2005 15:15 (sixteen years ago) link

'mr brightside' is overly-emotive adolescent tripe.

57 7th (calstars), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Well yes but so is most pop music, 57. (This particular example of it does suck rocks, though.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:19 (sixteen years ago) link

If the Killers are the new Duran Duran, are Bloc Party the new Wham! ?

hobart paving (hobart paving), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:22 (sixteen years ago) link

sometimes when I'm bored I like to pretend I'm wearing a suit and hold the lapels of my pretend suit and yell OIM MISTA BROITSOID

Al (sitcom), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:22 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm with Zarr. Mr Brightside is wikkid.

dmun, Friday, 25 February 2005 15:22 (sixteen years ago) link

It is just brilliant at any time of the day.

Morning - gets me outta bed.
Evening - great to switch on.
Night club - brings the floor alive.

Zarr, Friday, 25 February 2005 15:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Hello Al, long time no see.

the other kate (ffs!) (papa november), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:27 (sixteen years ago) link

I wish there didn't have to be a chart pop version of interpol. It's a painful association to a band I've really liked and it sort of gets in the way of my enjoyment. get a life i know.

-the-night-watch- (-the-night-watch-), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Better watch out or you'll overdose on The Killers. Imagine waking up one day and not being able to listen to anything by them!

(This is how many people already feel)

mike h. (mike h.), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah every fucking teen clothing shop I walk past is blaring it.

the other kate (ffs!) (papa november), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Most of these new NME bands sound like the new Comsat Angels to me, if that's not too gross a slur on the Comsat Angels. I feel they could be aiming higher.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Friday, 25 February 2005 15:32 (sixteen years ago) link

i dig this song; reminds me of my childhood in the early 1980s. it took me about 20 listens before i started appreciating it though.

richard wood johnson, Wednesday, 21 September 2005 16:55 (fifteen years ago) link

my ex-boyfriend wrote lyrics from this song on the wall of our apartment when we broke up = dud. he was, the song is, and so is writing lyrics anywhere.

jxnx (jxnx), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 18:49 (fifteen years ago) link

The live performance of this at the MTV Music Awards was rather lacklustre (but then they all were - I found myself in the curious position of explaining Coldplay to my boyfriend and saying "they actually usually sound better than this") and I was reminded of how much I prefer the JLC mix.

I increasingly find the singer hottt, though.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Thursday, 22 September 2005 04:58 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
.. to be covered as a b-side by....

One music industry source who's had sneak preview of the cover told NME.COM: "It's a fairly faithful cover, but McFly's version strips out the synths, adds some rather weedy vocal harmonies and is more pop punk-lite than The Killers' stomping 80s-tinged arrangement."

They added: "Killers fans will probably cringe, and it won't fill indie disco dancefloors as efficiently as the original."

'I Wanna Hold You' hits the shops on October 17.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 6 October 2005 14:48 (fifteen years ago) link

neat.

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 6 October 2005 14:58 (fifteen years ago) link

six months pass...
LOLZ!!!

Alex in Baghdad, Friday, 5 May 2006 21:07 (fourteen years ago) link

The JLC remix is so much better than the original. And "Somebody Told Me" is better than either.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Saturday, 6 May 2006 00:23 (fourteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
hee

Curt1s Stephens, Saturday, 7 April 2007 19:22 (fourteen years ago) link

I just started relistening to this song a few days ago. It still kicks so much ass.

Tape Store, Monday, 9 April 2007 03:17 (fourteen years ago) link

^ homo

JW, Monday, 9 April 2007 05:57 (fourteen years ago) link

WHATEVS!

Tape Store, Monday, 9 April 2007 05:59 (fourteen years ago) link

I still stand by my assessment that all of the Killers songs I've heard (with the exception of Somebody Told Me) sound like a rocker from the Chameleons. The obvious exception being the high pitched voice, but even then, I find the singing style similar.

Cunga, Monday, 9 April 2007 06:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Cunga just made me regret reviving this thread.

Curt1s Stephens, Monday, 9 April 2007 06:22 (fourteen years ago) link

"hey let's go watch 'the o.c.' and call each other emos"

That one guy that quit, Monday, 9 April 2007 10:09 (fourteen years ago) link

I liked it most in the Lifestyle Sports ad, That was when most Irish people heard of them too. I think.

I know, right?, Monday, 9 April 2007 10:18 (fourteen years ago) link

The first Killers album was actually quite nice. Sort of a cross-in-between postpunk and New Romanics, like Magazine or something. I don't like this Bruce Springsteen thing about their most recent one though.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 9 April 2007 14:27 (fourteen years ago) link

The Killers are way too mainstream.

Camenend Bob Dole, Monday, 9 April 2007 14:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Didn't mind the first album, but it seems to me it was a 'cheat' in terms of what it half-successfully suggested the band were about. Then: Mr. Flowers w/cropped hair & leering 'tache (where'd the eyeliner go, Brandon?) unleashing new album that is basically a vehicle for Mormon rhetoric & propaganda... nah, I passed on it.

Even ignoring those (IMO considerable) downsides, what I heard of the singles said to me, here is a band who already sounded like an okayish, 'fun' parody now sounding like a lukewarm parody of themselves (i.e. a parody of a parody, dig?). Also, sundry Bowie allusions -- an insult to the Dame, who I would hope, like me, has now decided these feckless dorks are a waste of space.

chrissie_, Monday, 9 April 2007 15:25 (fourteen years ago) link

The exchange at the beginning of this thread is priceless.

HI DERE, Monday, 9 April 2007 15:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Gay panic, I call it.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 9 April 2007 15:58 (fourteen years ago) link

this song rules
next single was even better
unfortunately the new singles have all been pretty bad and no fun. by which i mean 'no homo'

A B C, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 06:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Cunga just made me regret reviving this thread.

I'm not saying they're as good as the Chameleons! Just because two bands share the same tent doesn't mean they both belong on stage, especially at the same time.

Cunga, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 09:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Maybe it's just "Up The Down Escalator" that sounds vaguely similar now that I think about it.

Cunga, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 09:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Sound more like Magazine than Chameleons to me.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 20:37 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...

I GOT SOUL, BUT I'M NOT A SOLDIER!

(wrong song)

Tape Store, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 02:03 (thirteen years ago) link

i wish the killers didn't make a second album.

Jordan Sargent, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I think it will probably be remembered as one of the better mainstream songs of this era.

Richard Wood Johnson, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:27 (thirteen years ago) link

I like "When We Were Young." It almost made it onto my top 10 list last year.

Tape Store, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:37 (thirteen years ago) link

when you* were young

Tape Store, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:37 (thirteen years ago) link

"I got soul but I'm not a soldier" made me cringe so hard that I nearly crashed my car when I first heard it

Curt1s Stephens, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 03:53 (thirteen years ago) link

absolutely fuckin shit song. and i don't normally get that animated about sonfs i don't like

Charlie Howard, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 04:01 (thirteen years ago) link

five months pass...

STILL AWESOME

Tape Store, Saturday, 19 January 2008 07:14 (thirteen years ago) link

this vs. "All My Friends"

Tape Store, Saturday, 19 January 2008 07:15 (thirteen years ago) link

as i was reading this thread i was thinking "what happened to tape store?" and apparently the answer is "only posts to mr brightside thread"

J0rdan S., Saturday, 19 January 2008 08:00 (thirteen years ago) link

both songs you mention are awesome tho i don't get the connection besides both being good

J0rdan S., Saturday, 19 January 2008 08:01 (thirteen years ago) link

"all my friends" is so boring. do not get the hype/hoopla at all.

"mr brighside" isn't as good as "read my mind," "when you were young," or "somebody told me"

The Brainwasher, Saturday, 19 January 2008 08:04 (thirteen years ago) link

ppl kept writing about "read my mind" as sam's town's brightside and when i heard it i was pretty underwhelmed. it doesn't have nearly the chorus of their other songs you mentioned

J0rdan S., Saturday, 19 January 2008 08:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Conversation I had..

Friend, singing: I got SOUL, but I'm not a SOLDIER

Me: You know what's funny? That's the only part of that song I remember AT ALL

Friend: haha, me too

Me: And it had a video where they dressed as cowboys and threw boomerangs at hotties

Friend: You have summarized that video well

The Reverend, Saturday, 19 January 2008 08:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I rather like their cover of "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town"

Bimble, Saturday, 19 January 2008 08:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Wow, this record is 2 years old already :(

It's still awful.

Pashmina, Saturday, 19 January 2008 10:08 (thirteen years ago) link

three years moar liek pash, and yup still awful.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Saturday, 19 January 2008 11:45 (thirteen years ago) link

It's the only song of theirs I unreservedly dig.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 19 January 2008 11:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I never understood the love for Mr. Brightside. It's okay, but sounds so clumsy and hamfisted to me. By contrast, there are a few total gems on that debut disc: Jenny Was A Friend, Smile Like You Mean It, and On Top being the best of them (with Somebody Told Me and Mr. B being okay, and the rest being awful).

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 19 January 2008 12:25 (thirteen years ago) link

"Smile Like You Mean It" I think is pretty good. For a while when it was current I actually thought it was a different band. Everything else I've heard by them has been rotten, as in actively bad, not mediocre.

Pashmina, Saturday, 19 January 2008 13:21 (thirteen years ago) link

I rather like their cover of "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town"

-- Bimble, Saturday, January 19, 2008 9:46 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Link

Fuck that. THE version of Ruby is "Oh, Ruby, nechtěj mi lásku brát" by Pavel Bobek.

http://www.pavelbobek.cz/albums/008_Antologie/Ruby.mp3

Fades out before the chorus :((

MRZBW, Saturday, 19 January 2008 15:15 (thirteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

Wow, that is quite something. I actually heard "Somebody Told Me" about an hour ago on LA radio, hardly ever on the radio these days.

Bee OK, Saturday, 3 April 2021 03:52 (one week ago) link

The Brits love it. Good drinking song, I guess.

HuskerDoolittle, Saturday, 3 April 2021 05:55 (one week ago) link

It's so ubiquitous that I often forget it's not by a British band

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Saturday, 3 April 2021 09:34 (one week ago) link

The Brits love it. Good drinking song, I guess.

― HuskerDoolittle

Yes, quite satisfying to holler along to while pissed, filling in any gaps in the lyrics with "da-da-dah!".

chap, Saturday, 3 April 2021 11:53 (one week ago) link


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