Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
The Killers burst onto the scene in 2004 with their debut album Hot Fuss, blending an infectious kind of punk with an emo sensibility. Their lyrics were confusing, but evocative: what exactly does it mean to have someone call your name from the back of the restaurant? But it has always been the sexual energy that has guided them along, from their first single “Somebody Told Me”, dealing with gender confusion to “Mr. Brightside” with its in-your-face jealous overtones. All-in-all, the album may end up being one of the most important of the aughts.
So it was with great anticipation that I greeted their follow-up album, Sam’s Town. The first single off that album is this CD’s fifth track, “When You Were Young”, and promised much of the same atmosphere as the first record. However, it was a major let-down. “When You Were Young” is possibly the only salvageable track; the rest of the songs were anywhere from average to downright bad. Lesson learned.
Bonus Trivia: A large poster for Hot Fuss can be clearly seen in the opening credits for the excellent HBO series Entourage.
Next time: enough of the serious crap; a track from one of the most fun pop/rap acts today.