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23 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Killers’ "Hot Fuss"

Hot Fuss, released on June 7, 2004, is now ten years old.

1. The buildings on the cover of the album are believed to be from a construction factory in Shanghai, and the characters on top of the building mean “construction material development,” according to NME.

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2. Most of the album was recorded in Berkeley, Calif.

3. Hot Fuss spent nearly three-and-a-half years on the British album chart, including two weeks at No. 1.

4. The Killers were formed when Brandon Flowers responded to an ad in Las Vegas Weekly from Dave Keuning looking for bandmates.

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5. Before the Killers’ current line-up, the band included Matt Norcross, Brian Havens, and Dell Star.

6. The original demo of “Mr. Brightside,” released on the 2013 greatest hits collection Direct Hits, features Matt Norcross on drums.

7. The Killers were first signed to London-based Lizard King Records.

8. There were two versions of the “Mr. Brightside” music video filmed. The first was just the band performing the song…

9. …and the second was much more colorful and visually reminiscent of Burlesque.

10. The photos in the liner notes for Hot Fuss were taken during the first “Mr. Brightside” video shoot.

11. The video for “Miss Atomic Bomb” off 2012’s Battle Born is a sequel to the second “Mr. Brightside” video.

12. Bono was a big fan of the album. He said in 2004, “It’s rare to find a band who not only have the music, but a lyricist too. I hear the Killers and I get off the phone.”

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13. When asked in 2004 what aspirations he had for the band, Flowers said, “I’d really like to be America’s answer to U2.”

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14. Brandon Flowers’ favorite line from the album is “these changes ain’t changing me” from “All These Things That I’ve Done.”

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15. The Sweet Inspirations, who’ve sung with Elvis, Van Morrison, the Bee Gees, and Jimi Hendrix, sang on “All These Things That I’ve Done” and “Andy, You’re A Star.”

16. The Sweet Inspirations learned their part for “All These Things That I’ve Done” backstage at SXSW while the Killers were performing and recorded immediately after.

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17. “Andy, You’re A Star” is about a high school athlete Flowers had a fixation on and wanted to emulate when he was in eighth grade.

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“The more athletically gifted kids, the popular kids, are somewhat glorified, and that frustrated me a bit,” he told NME.

18. The line “I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier” from “All These Things That I’ve Done” refers to Flowers’ struggle between his Mormon faith and the temptations of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle he felt he couldn’t overcome at the time, according to NME.

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19. Hot Fuss was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2005 Grammys, but lost to Green Day’s American Idiot.

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20. Hot Fuss includes two-thirds of the band’s “murder trilogy”, “Midnight Show” and “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” describing a woman murdered by her jealous boyfriend.

The third song, “Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf,” was released on Sawdust, a 2007 compilation album of b-sides, unreleased tracks, and covers.

21. Flowers said in 2004 he listened to Hot Fuss a lot. “I listen to it as much as I listen to anything else, which is sort of pathetic,” he told MTV.

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22. The band won Best New Artist at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards.

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23. The band will never do a Hot Fuss full-album tour, but would consider a Las Vegas residency.

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