2004 Billboard Music Awards - Portraits

So, I was fumbling around through my music the other day, when I came upon some of my old songs. A little Collective Soul, some Nirvana, Blink-182, etc., but then I heard my jam. Yes, it was The Killers, if you haven’t already guessed. Finding this took me on a whirlwind of emotions and memories.

It was middle school, I was socially awkward, and I was going through something called puberty. The world seemed pretty damn gloomy up until then, that is, until 2004, when the Killers dropped their soon to be 6 time platinum album, “Hot Fuss.” With popular singles littering the entire album, there was no way to avoid hearing one of their songs back then. During that time, there was not a single person who could honestly say that they didn’t know the words to “Mr. Brightside.” I’m pretty sure that’s still the case today, as that song went on to be named “Song of the Decade” in the UK and one of the top 10 “Songs of the Decade” here in the US. This album helped to define a generation by placing the Las Vegas-based rockers on the map. This album, full of melodies and guitar riffs, helped shape my own childhood. “Hot Fuss” was the first album I bought with my own money, and I can easily say that I would spend hours looking up the lyrics to the songs, just because I wanted to sing along as much as possible. The album debuted at #7 on the charts, and, at least in the UK, stayed on them for 173 weeks. After singles such as “Somebody Told Me,” the accolades just kept on coming for that band.

While “Hot Fuss” ignited The Killers careers, they continued to make strides in the industry, and I have been following them the entire way. Their sound has clearly changed over the years, from “Mr. Brightside” to a much more somber “Tranquilize” off of their album Sawdust, and back to a synthesizer revival in “Neon Tiger,” but the spirit and love for the music is clearly still there. Their latest album, “Battle Born,” even features a continuation of a narrative which started back in “Mr. Brightside,” and is continued through the song “Miss Atomic Bomb.” (That’s pretty darn creative, if you ask me.)

The Killers are amazing, and shame on you if you think otherwise.

 

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