For Reasons Unknown

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"For Reasons Unknown"
Single by The Killers
from the album Sam's Town
A-side "For Reasons Unknown"
B-side "Romeo and Juliet" (Live at Abbey Road Studios), "Sam's Town" (Live at Abbey Road Studios)
Released June 25, 2007 (2007-06-25) (UK)
Format 7", CD single, digital download
Genre Post-punk revival
Length 3:32
Label Mercury (UK)
Writer(s) Brandon Flowers
Producer(s) Flood, Alan Moulder, The Killers
The Killers singles chronology
"Read My Mind"
"For Reasons Unknown"
Sam's Town track listing
"Bling (Confession of a King)"
"For Reasons Unknown"
"Read My Mind"

"For Reasons Unknown" is a song by Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers and was written by lead vocalist Brandon Flowers. It is the fifth track on their second album Sam's Town, released in October 2006. The song was released as the fourth single from that album in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2007,[1] and also the fourth and final North American single.

When the song is played live, bassist Mark Stoermer plays guitar on this track, with Flowers playing the bass.

It became one of their lowest charting singles in the UK to date, peaking at #53 on July 1, 2007. It spent only one week in the UK Top 75. This song was #78 on MTV Asia's list of the Top 100 Hits of 2007.[2] Singer Brandon Flowers has stated that they did not "promote" the single like previous ones, stating four singles for the album was too much, and said he wished they hadn't released "Bones" as a single.

The B-sides are a cover of Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet" and an acoustic version of "Sam's Town" both recorded live at Abbey Road Studios for the Channel 4 show Live from Abbey Road, and later featured on their compilation album Sawdust, and also on their 2013 compilation album Direct Hits.

It is rumored that the song was inspired by Flowers' paternal grandmother and her battle with Alzheimer's.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]


  1. "For Reasons Unknown" – 3:31
  2. "Romeo and Juliet" (Live at Abbey Road Studios) – 5:25

UK 7":

  1. "For Reasons Unknown" – 3:31
  2. "Sam's Town" (Live at Abbey Road Studios) – 3:45

Music video[edit]

The video was premiered in the UK on May 18, 2007 and was shown on the International Music Feed and MTV Two as well as various other UK music channels. The video was shot in black-and-white, and has already premiered on MuchMusic in Canada. The video premiered on Australian music channels on August 3, 2007 (2007-08-03).

This video has over 3 million views on YouTube. Source



Billboard said of the track, "this synth-free rocker opens with ominous multitrack vocals and grinding fuzz guitars and builds to a huge pop chorus as Flowers dances on the edge of a relentlessly pumped groove."[3]


Chart (2007) Peak
UK Singles Chart 53
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[4] 1


  1. ^ "THE NEXT UK SINGLE OUT 25th JUNE". Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  2. ^ MTV Asia. "Top 100 Hits List". Retrieved 2007-12-27
  3. ^ Philipp, Sven (June 23, 2007), "For Reasons Unknown". Billboard. 119 (25):72
  4. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. 2007-06-30. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. 

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