The Killers - A Dustland Fairytale (with full orchestra) @ Late Show with David Letterman (2009)
“We were trying to make a more playful, pop record with Day & Age, but I think that “Dustland” is a great example of us not being able to let go of that sort of earnest seed that we had planted on Sam’s Town. It was an important song. I went through a lot of things: My mom got diagnosed with a brain tumor and I just started to think a lot about her and my dad’s generation. They were born in the ’40s, which comes with a certain type of difference. They’re just different Americans than we are.” (Brandon Flowers, Spin Magazine 2015)
Billboard Names ‘Mr. Brightside’ Third Best Chorus of 21st Century
Billboard has named The Killers’ ‘Mr. Brightside’ as having the third best chorus of the 21st century. Billboard has compiled a list of the 100 best choruses of the 21st century.
There are countless rock songs released this century that never quite reach the top of the mountain – that is, they gain momentum in the verse, keep climbing in the pre-chorus, but stumble back down upon reaching the hook. “Mr. Brightside” is not one of these songs. In fact, the first song that The Killers ever recorded heads upward throughout its first minute, teases a massive chorus to come, then ascends into the clouds with a word (“jeaaaa-lou-syyyy”) we never knew could be so much fun to sing. The chorus of “Mr. Brightside” is paranoid, overly dramatic and unapologetically self-aggrandizing, but it’s also sweeping, stylish and relatable to anyone who’s construed a minor betrayal as a major personal blow. The Killers often start their live sets with this song, and when they do, it always feels like a reminder: Oh, yeah, a perfect, world-conquering rock chorus WAS released after the ‘90s ended and everyone declared the classic rock era over.
To view the full list, see this story on Billboard.