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11/18/05 09:15 PM
Killer's Inspirations new  

Here's an article that may be of interest to you (or not...)


By: Kyle Anderson, Spin Magazine, November 18, 2005

On the tail end of his band's whirlwind tour for the double-platinum Hot Fuss, the Killers' frontman, Kyle Anderson, talks about how David Bowie, Jim Croce, and Frank Sinatra shaped his rock'n'roll evolution.

David Bowie, Hunky Dory (Virgin, 1971)
"I still remember when I heard 'Changes' for the first time. I thought it was Bob Dylan because of the way he sings the verses. I found out it was Bowie and it was from this album called Hunky Dory. It's the most important record to me, ever. I appreciate that he's still able to write songs, because even when there's a rough album, there will be that one song on there. But Hunky Dory is the pinnacle -- there's not one song I skip past."

Jim Croce, You Don't Mess Around With Jim (ABC, 1972)
"Everyone's heard three or four of his songs, but they probably don't know they're by Jim Croce. I loved 'Operator' and "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,' and I just kept hearing songs and going 'He sings this? He sings "Lover's Cross"?' I just love his mustache, and he's always got a cigar in every picture you see. That's cool.

Comment Frank Sinatra, The Main Event: Live from Madison Square Garden (Reprise, 1974)
"I met a guy while I was working at a golf course in Las Vegas. When we first started talking, it was about Frank Sinatra. I was about 19, and it was weird because most people my age weren't talking about Frank Sinatra. [The guy] ended up being a huge Morrissey fan and a huge New Order fan as well. So then that was it -- we formed my first band. I've never tried to emulate anybody, but I've been singing along for ten years, so I'm sure there's a little Sinatra that comes out in my singing every now and then."

Iggy Pop, Lust For Life (Virgin, 1977)
"I'm sorry, I know it's not cool to say this, but it's so much better than every Stooges record. People don't talk about this record enough -- they know the song 'Lust for Life' and nothing else, and they don't even know that Bowie wrote most of it. The guitars and the melodies and the lyrics are just awesome."

John Lennon, Double Fantasy (Capitol, 1980)
"He never topped 'Across the Universe,' but I appreciate that he got older and people still wanted to hear his songs. And it wasn't just because he was John Lennon; it was because it was good. Even though every song was about Yoko Ono, he wasn't trying to sound like he was 24 again. He's saying 'I'm 40 years old, I love Yoko,' and he still made a hit out of it. And we get 'Woman' because of it."

Morrissey, Vauxhall and I (Sire, 1994)
"It's my favorite Morrissey album. I became one of the Morrissey freaks -- I had every Smiths album and every Morrissey album. I understand how people could listen to it and feel morose, but it made me happy. He has a sense of humor, and I'm a sentimental person, so I got it. It didn't make me want to wear all black."

Coldplay, Parachutes (Capitol 2000)
"I remember when 'Yellow' came out, it was a big deal for me because I was just starting to write songs, and I was on the bandwagon with everyone else bitching about what was on the radio. Then 'Yellow' started playing against all these shitty songs. You'd hear Limp Bizkit, then you'd hear 'Yellow.' It gave me hope. And then the Strokes and the White Stripes came, and it got better every day."

U2, All That You Can't Leave Behind (Interscope, 2000)
"I'm one of the few who think that these are their best songs. If you look at it as an album, I don't think it's as good as Achtung Baby or The Joshua Tree, but I think the songs on All That You Can't Leave Behind are unbelievable. There's a song called 'Wild Honey' that's just ridiculous. It's a little cheesy at points, but it's beautiful. No one has written songs like that since the Beatles.

(cracked actor)
11/27/05 05:38 PM
Re: Killer's Inspirations new [re: Tinkerbelle]  

Thanks for the info on that one.....

I guess most bands of today owe something to Bowie. When you look at who influences modern acts the most Bowie wins hands down. He's still the cool dude who touches rap, hip hop, UK indie, grunge...most of the music we hear today has a touch of Bowie about it.

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11/28/05 02:59 PM
Re: Killer's Inspirations new [re: Tinkerbelle]  

Perhaps my imagination, but I thought that Brandon Flowers was the Killers' lead man.


I could stay if you asked me,
So for God's sake don't ask me to stay

(electric tomato)
11/28/05 05:42 PM
Re: Killer's Inspirations new [re: Arlequino]  

Same here.

What the hell is this?

12/09/05 05:54 AM
Re: Killer's Inspirations new [re: jump93]  

Kyle Anderson is, I suspect the Spin Magazine journalist who wrote the article. I'm also vaguely surprised Brandon Flowers doesn't mention any of the eighties bands whose influence on Hot Fuss seems obvious from the first listen namely New Order, The Psychedelic Furs and even Duran Duran. Possibly he was worried referencing these bands wouldn't make him look cool enough.

"One man's hateful rhetoric is another's entertainment." - Monkeyboy

12/09/05 08:41 AM
Re: Killer's Inspirations new [re: Tinkerbelle]  

In reply to:

David Bowie, Hunky Dory (Virgin, 1971)

Iv'e mention this before but havn't you noticed Mr Brightside's lyrics a very similar inparts to Queen Bitch? "phoning a cab and stomach feeling small.... "

as for other influences. Im sure they are influenced by Dandy Warhols too.

(crash course raver)
12/09/05 08:42 AM
Re: Killer's Inspirations new [re: sonofsilence]  

The general flow to the song feels quite Similar as well.

don't u wish you're post was hot like mine don't ya don't ya (from that crappy pop song)

(electric tomato)
12/09/05 01:22 PM
Re: Killer's Inspirations new [re: JamieSim]  

The riff in "Glamorous Indie Rock N' Roll" is a lot like Moonage Daydream's Ronno riff. That song isn't in the american release of the album, but it's really good. It's like a Glam anthem about Indie rock.

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12/10/05 06:48 PM
Re: Killer's Inspirations [re: Mxy]  

What is this band the killers? Correct me if i'm wrong, but is it the same band/same band-members then in suede?
Are they any good?

(electric tomato)
12/11/05 06:02 PM
Re: Killer's Inspirations [re: b_mardle]  

Aren't they called Tears?

What the hell is this?

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