Tuesday, June 15, 2004

THE HOT FUSS IS FINALLY OUT

57 comments:

nm said...

so what rating is SPIN giving it? it got a "C" (and a mean-spirited Strokes reference) from EW and a decent amount of stars from Blender.

blue said...

the killers rock no matter what. although, the demo i got were their 5 best songs, the cd is still pretty rad.

Anonymous said...

and they're on jimmy kimmel tonight.

Anonymous said...

SPIN isn't reviewing the record because they're not the Dave Matthews Band, but they are going to put them on the cover in about two years and calle them a cool new band. Just like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Jeff said...

That image is messing up your sidebar...just to let you know...

Flora said...

i wasn't impress much about the album since i haven't heard that much but if i could do a song i'd totally like to at least make out with "under the gun". don't know if it's in the album, but's killers' best. totally do-abble.

Bri said...

I agree! Under the Gun is my favorite, too. It's not on Hot Fuss, though.

Rollo Manhattan said...

sarah, I think you'd dig our band Rollo. demo complications, so no music on the site (we're so new) but we're at www.rollo-ny.com

Tankboy said...

I'm totally digging this album since my buddy Dave (his band's manager also handles The Killers) played it for me a while ago. I don't understand the EW review at all though...did the guy even listen to the disc? It's catchy as hell!

I have yet to see 'em live since I missed their set when they were here with Stellastar* a few weeks ago...everyone else said The Kills were best band of the night.

cody said...

i hate to kind of sink down to this level, but...
can we quit with the spin bashing already? it's so tired. just go ahead and talk about how elitist you are and how nobody is as cool as you... and that way you save people's feelings. for me, i am so impressed with recent strides in their coverage that i just picked up a subscription. they are making some really great changes and you guys are too busy trying to look cool to notice. you don't like spin? don't read it. you don't like sarah? don't come here. but some people do, so some people will. to me spin is in a great place bringing important music to the mass market, and they are (as of recent months) doing a great job. and i mean come on, i will always respect the fact that they had the balls to put morrissey on the cover. now i have written this whole paragraph and haven't even talked about how cool the killers cd is. oh well. that's the last of that you'll hear from me about that. i have this crazy idea that i should keep my (occasionally spiteful) opinions to myself.

holmes said...

i dig the new album. i wanted to not like it because of the massive hype everyone i know is putting on this band, but after getting it and listening to it multiple times, its really really really really catchy and good. i don't like the new way "somebody told me" sounds though. the old version had more rock to it. the newer mix sounds wimpy. by the way, thank you sarah for coming to see "morning theft" last night. you're a sweetheart.

Anonymous said...

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katee c, that emo girl said...

oh yes and i have to get it
thanks to you sarah i know who they are and i love them now
thanks so much
i got soul but im not a solider(hint hint)
kate ohio 16
i turned 16 today

Anonymous said...

I had been scouting them since they were unsigned playing in Las Vegas..i always liked "Mr. Brightside" and "jenny " the most..wonder if those songs are on their album.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for mentioning my band (Film School) in the last issue, Sarah (SXSW article). Glad you liked the show. My roommate put the page up on our fridge with our name highlighted. I just Googled your name and found yer blog...or ex-blog...

We'll probably be playing in NY in a few months - I'll put you on our mailing list if you want.

Sara said...

I picked up the album yesterday (Wednesday) at the Olsson's across from my job (i'm interning for the entertainment guide at washingtonpost.com) and I love it. I've listened to Sarah talk about them for months with a cautious ear (I can hit that level of unaccepting-elitist if I get over hyped on a band and never really give them a chance), but they're really an interesting mix of something that sounds a bit like what would happen if Franz Ferdinand and Depeche Mode had a child.

karen said...

the killers are duran duran the smiths and love love love rolled into one. they are heartwarming and assshaking and anyone who snubs them because theyre "overhyped" has no soul and should probably get out a bit more.

ps -- above commenter, film school rules! 11:11 is such a good song!

Anonymous said...

So people tell me that this cd doesn't really have their best work on it. What songs should I dig up on the internet by them instead?

Sarah said...

Hmm... my personal favorite Killers songs are on the album. "Jenny" and "Midnight Show" and "Somebody Told Me" and "Everything Will Be Alright" and "All These Things That I've Done." Whoa. I nearly named the entire track listing. Yeah, it's good and I'm sort of obsessed.

Anonymous said...

anyone know the set times for tonight's franz ferdinand show at webster hall?

Sarah said...

Franz goes on at 10pm, but i STRONGLY urge everyone to check out the opening band called Sons&Daughters. They're absolutely enchanting and wonderful.

JZ said...

Does anyone else think that the demo of "Somebody Told Me" is far superior to the album version? I feel like the album one is way overproduced.

Anonymous said...

Not far superior, but I do prefer it.

Baby Bruise said...

The Killers sound pretty cool and look good but here's my question: are then not worthy of contempt for aping Duram Duran to such a shameless extent? The guy's voice sounds EXACTLY like Duran Duran. His phrasing, vocal tics, the way Somebody Told Me is arranged is EXACTLY like one of those mid-era Duran Duran hits. They use the same kind of keyboard Nick Rhodes used at that time.

Again, I think the Killers are pretty good but why should I bother with an exact facsimile of Duran Duran, when I can just put on their old records, thankyouverymuch?

That is my main problem with a lot of these new bands... why the fuck should I bother with them if they don't bother enough to create a HYBRID from old influences, not merely ape them.

I liked the Killers whenever I saw them incidentally or in passing and I gave them props in print before; however, as a matter of principle, I refuse to pay money for their record or shows.

Megadork said...

I played the disc for friends cleaning a kitchen tonite and one described it as sounding like the cure.

Anonymous said...

gahhh the 15th was my bday!! but yeah it wont be available in australia till august 2nd!!! i cant wait that long so i am getting it on import. more expensive but its sooo worth it :-)

-guru

Anonymous said...

hey ultrrrrrrra, i just got new beastie boys spin, and there was no making out with you. please tell me this is a mistake. or is the queen dead?

karen said...

The reason you should buy into these new bands, as opposed to shunning them for sounding like bands of the past is because they are NEW. Because the older bands are past their prime (may I remind you of "Electric Barbarella?" The new Cure single perhaps?). The world of music survives on influence and evolution. You can sit in your room and listen to "Hungry Like the Wolf" for the 2398402384023th time, or you can get your head out of your ass and get excited about a NEW classic, like "Smile Like You Mean It."

Sara said...

I'm agreeing with karen above me. There is no "new" anymore... everything can be traced back to something. In a medium that is consistently utilizing the same instruments over and over again (and don't give me crap about electronic or analogue experimental or blah blah, because if you move your ass back to the 1970's you can see their roots too) there is a limited number of combinations that can be created. The real talent in music now, it seems to me, is to be able to take those influences and roots and mold and adapt them in such a way that you are creating something exciting and fresh to listen to. Is The Killers' sound rooted deeply in Duran Duran? Sure. But I don't feel like I'm listening to "Rio" when I pop it in. I feel like I'm listening to The Killers.

Sarah said...

"hey ultrrrrrrra, i just got new beastie boys spin, and there was no making out with you. please tell me this is a mistake. or is the queen dead?"

there was so much overload with coachella coverage that there just wasn't any room for the "making out" column. it'll be back in the following issue.

Anonymous said...

hell yea! they were killer at weenie roast...sorry, i know the pun was weak!

Baby Bruise said...

Sarah and Karen, re: Killers.

Dont' mean to stretch this into a huge thing, but I find the intelectual ownership/copying issue an interesting discussion in the context of the new rock & roll or pop whatevs.

Some of your points are good--but some don't hold water.

The fact that someone new comes along who is reasonably apt at aping something that came before is no reason to celebrate them, OK?
Remember the Vines? When everybody was in a lather in 2002 about how fucking GENIUS they are--people thought whatsisface is a God just because he was apt at copying the riffs and mannerisms of Kurt Cobain! When they were hailed as the saviors of rock & mentioned in the same breath as the Hives and the White Stripes!
I knew despite the fact that easily xcitable music journos would sing their praises their shambolic nature will one day be exposed.
So cut to two years later:
The Hives' new one is the best fucking record of the year and they blow everybody they paly with off the stage.
The Stripes... anyway, you get my point.
Where are the Vines? Three months after their new, heavily marketed album got SLAMMED by every reputable publication, and didn't sell shit, The Vines break up....
You can fool the kids once, you can excite them with lotsa PR and smoke and mirrors, but guess what. Eventually they catch on.

And Sarah, when you say that combinations are limited, thus no band can ever come up with something truly original, you are partially correct. People can however come up with NEW, ORIGINAL ways to assembled the same old basic rock & roll concepts.
Example: THe Make Up was extremely derivative of James Brown and gospel music, OK? Every goddam song they ever wrote was based on progressions and riffs nicked from gospel songs and soul and funk songs. But Ian has a voice that is the antithesis of a black singer's voice. The words to their songs were political and ironic and crazy situationist rhetoric, again very opposed to the idea of celebration and exstacy in funk & gospel.
That's what I mean they created a hybird, not simply lifted some musical appraoch wholesale, copying every freakin' component of a former band/musician's oeuvre.
I think bands like the Killers are adept at aping what was but they simply don't imprint what they steal with enough of their own personality to truly own it.

Years from now, say at a retro-themed party, what are kids more likely to play? Duran Duran or the Killers? I don't buy into the longevity of the Killers, though wahtever, I suppose it may be too early to tell.

Mark my words: if next year by this time you can find anybody who talks about the Killers, I'll split a bottle of Kristal with both of you.

Long rant, and I haven't even checked out the new Coachella SPIN yet... whooo, baby, I expect more journalistic blowjobs of the Killers and stellastarr, don't let me down now!

Bri said...

Has it ever occured to anyone (I'm sure it has, I just need to reiterate) that maybe the Killers' and other bands' intent is NOT to copy? Of course they're going to sound like older bands (i.e. Duran Duran) because those bands influenced them. Often times, when you grow up listening to certain bands, your own music will reflect that. The Killers are just playing the kind of music that they love, and the kind that inspires them. If it's awesome music, who cares if it sounds like someone else?

karen said...

I dont think anyone is saying that the Killers are the next Beatles... Theyre just a band making immeasurably entertaining music... NOW. Only time will tell if they can crank out enough hits to be uttered in the same breath as Duran Duran, but lets all stop overanalyzing and just ENJOY THE TUNES.

Chris Clark said...

Are the Killers a Duran Duran cover band? No.
I don't know why everyone always has to compare an up-and-coming band to some previous artist; it's usually the Cure, Joy Division, Smiths or Kraftwerk-esque sound. Now we have everyone crying that they sound like Duran Duran? Who cares. I still love it!

I had a chance to interview the Killers at Coachella and talk to them after the show and they're just really happy to be where they are. They had 100% creative control over the album; Lizard King and Island Records both let them do whatever they want. I'm sure in future releases (let me remind you, this is their first full-length) you'll see even more diversity with this talented group.

Finally I don't think Sarah is trying to trick people into liking the Killers. She's not getting paid on the side to run this blog and act as the PR rep for the band. If you don't like the Killers, Spin or don't like what Sarah has to write, don't read it.

Anonymous said...

Baby Bruise, you're a fantastic idiot. You probably don't remember the early 80s. I do, vividly (well, the parts I can remember). Duran Duran was trashed as a shallow, meaningless piece of junk that wouldn't survive past the time it took your TV's risidual glow to cease. No one except 15 year-old suburban girls thought they were any good. So stop being an asshole and listen to your elders:

Instead of trying to find sources, influences, and the like, why not sit down, throw back a few shots, and get a blow job from some dumb socialite while listening to The Killers? I highly recommend it and it's the reason this will be one of my favorite albums this year.

Christ, when everyone get so fuckin' serious about music? It's pop, morons! You're not saving the world. You're not changing the world. Have daddy continue paying your fuckin' rent and shut the fuck up. Enjoy the music. And, if The Killers are reading this, thanks for the soundtrack!

Anonymous said...

So...exactly when did bringing new band's to people's attention become a ticket to scrutiny-ville? Geez people. EVERYTHING is derivitive from the past, whether it be music, politics or whatever. Remember how many people said that Modest Mouse was ripping off the Pixies? What they didn't realize was how many alt/punk bands were influenced by the Pixies and other groundbreaking bands of that particular era. Once again...everything is derivitive. If you don't think so, grab your guitar and try try try again to come up with something TOTALLY original that doesn't sound like one artist or another. Relax. It's music, made for our enjoyment.

Anonymous said...

So...exactly when did bringing new band's to people's attention become a ticket to scrutiny-ville? Geez people. EVERYTHING is derivitive from the past, whether it be music, politics or whatever. Remember how many people said that Modest Mouse was ripping off the Pixies? What they didn't realize was how many alt/punk bands were influenced by the Pixies and other groundbreaking bands of that particular era. Once again...everything is derivitive. If you don't think so, grab your guitar and try try try again to come up with something TOTALLY original that doesn't sound like one artist or another. Relax. It's music, made for our enjoyment.

holmes said...

i like boobs.

Anonymous said...

At the risk of sounding like a stalker, was it you Ultra that I saw walking down Rivington at about 7:30 or 8 on Friday night? I was eating at Schiller's and I saw someone resembling you walk by. Maybe it was the bizarro Ultra. I don't know.

Sarah said...

Yup! that was probably me!

Sarah said...

Yup! that was probably me! I live three blocks from Schillers and walked by there at about 8ish on friday for sure. What did you eat there?

Joe said...

I had the hamachi fish (yellowtail). It was the fish special for the evening. It was excellent.

Anonymous said...

i am pretty sure that i saw you (sarah) at the franz f. afterparty at APT on thursday night. that was a funny night.

Sarah said...

Yup! I was there as well. I didn't stay long cause it got really crowded and I was pretty drunk and tired from dancing so much and wanted to find my bed.

anyone go to the franz show in philly on saturday? i was there too.

Jeff said...

Back on topic (slightly)...what’s the deal with the Spin Magazine/Killers Party Thursday night? Anyone going?

TheAntiBlogBlogger said...

Guess who's back?

divadive said...

I have been listening to the killers Cd since i first heard it. someone said it got a "c"? thats preposterous! LOL

Anonymous said...

bought the killers this weekend and it's great...
especially love "on top" and "smile like you mean it".

my take: i think their sound is great, and i'm not comparing them to anyone i've hear before. like was stated in an earlier post; it's just music!!???!!!???!!

othernonsene

Anonymous said...

More importantly, England just beat Croatia 4-2 in the Euro 2004 1st round, which means we've won our group out right and go on to play Greece in the next round, which pretty much means we're through to the next round coz Greece won't hold up against our boys. After Greece? Who's knows but, we're on a roll and in the words of another great 80's band - Starship - "Nothing's gonna stop us now!" and I bet you thought this comment had nothing to do with music! Sarah, dust of your Beckham scarf, its time to cheer on your 51st state!

Sarah said...

oh dear imran...

Anonymous said...

Is there a reason that there's no making out with ultragrrrl in the new SPIN. am i just missing it, or is the column gone? because I love making out and I love Ultragrrrl, and making out with ultragrrrl is the best thing there is. Please someone tell me if its no more.

<3 your fan in San Diego

Anonymous said...

Didja hear about Lollapalooza?

Anonymous said...

has the comments section become the blog here? because its actually more entertaining than the blog ever was. all these david fricke wannabees expounding on the importance of duran duran is wonderfully amusing.

the reflex...flex flex flex.

Sarah said...

I gotta say, the comments on here are all sorts of awesome.

Lazlo said...

I yearn for the days when my Duran Duran bug was so infectious that I was dying for any side project I could get my hands on (like Power Station & Arcadia).

And I still have regrets over the 7 tickets (a triple date + the chaperone for our just out of sixth grade selves) I had to sell in 1985 for Power Station at Poplar Creek. Our friend's older brother bailed on driving us. I was convinced that night was going to be my first time to 2nd base...and then Tracey moved to a different town, breaking my heart for what seemed like forever (which turned out to be 3 or 4 months).

Baby Bruise said...

Yeah, these comments are highly entertaining.
I heart the Anon who called me a "fantastic idiot" and then suggested I get a blow job.

Dude! I SO would if I could! I wanted to have a penis all my life. Alas, I was born penis-less, of the female sex, if you will.

OK, defenders of The Killers: you win! The Killers are God's gift to Man (and Woman). They are such fun they make me want to puke in my mouth, swill it back and forth with my rock & roll star boyfriend a couple of times, and THEN swallow. (HallÄ, Sarah....!)

Hallelujah, Killers!
Next time I see you I will genuflect and avert my eyes.