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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.

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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.


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

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

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

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

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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."


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.

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.


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