The Killers debuted on the national music scene in 2004 with the infectious pop rock single “Somebody Told Me.” With their first release, Hot Fuss, this Las Vegas band gave ‘80s synth-pop a modern twist to earn both critical and commercial success.
With a name taken from a New Order video, the band formed in 2002 and began crafting a collection of songs about murders, stalkers, AIDS victims and androgynous girlfriends. After a slew of European shows in 2003, the band finished their debut CD, which was released in June 2004 to virtually unanimous critical praise.
“If you looked at where music was going a few years ago, you wouldn’t think this would happen,” said singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers in a Rolling Stone interview. “But now, rock bands are actually starting to make people dance instead of just elbow people.”
Spin named Hot Fuss one of the year’s 40 best albums saying the Las Vegas band is “the U.S.’s best stab yet at slickly alluring Anglo electropop” who with “sure-shot party starters ‘Mr. Brightside’ and ‘Somebody Told Me’ make hedonism sound almost holy.” Hot Fuss was also one of Rolling Stone’s top 50 CDs of the year. The band’s debut single “Somebody Told Me” was nominated for two Grammy Awards – Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Group – and the second single “Mr. Brightside” has been in heavy rotation on all music video channels.