Hot Fuss

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Hot Fuss
Studio album by The Killers
Released June 7, 2004
Recorded 2002 at Dave's Apartment, Las Vegas, Nevada; 2003 at The Hearse, Berkeley, California
Genre Post-punk revival, indie rock,[1] new wave[2]
Length 45:39
Label Lizard King/Vertigo (UK)
Island B0002468-02 (U.S.)
Producer The Killers, Jeff Saltzman
The Killers chronology
Hot Fuss
(2004)
Sam's Town
(2006)
Singles from Hot Fuss
  1. "Mr. Brightside"
    Released: September 29, 2003
  2. "Somebody Told Me"
    Released: March 15, 2004
  3. "All These Things That I've Done"
    Released: August 30, 2004
  4. "Smile Like You Mean It"
    Released: May 2, 2005

Hot Fuss is the debut studio album by Las Vegas-based American rock band The Killers, released on June 7, 2004 in the United Kingdom and on June 15, 2004 in the United States.[1]

Background[edit]

The album was recorded at various points throughout 2003 with Jeff Saltzman in Berkeley, California, with the exception of "Everything Will Be Alright" which was recorded in guitarist Dave Keuning's apartment and engineered by Corlene Byrd. Many of the tracks were originally recorded as demos, which the band decided to keep for their spontaneity. The album was mixed by Mark Needham at Cornerstone Studios, Los Angeles and Alan Moulder at Eden Studios in London.

Hot Fuss is mainly influenced by new wave and post-punk artists such as New Order, The Cure, Morrissey (with and without The Smiths), Duran Duran, and The Cars. Other influences include David Bowie, U2, Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, and Lou Reed.

The album includes the second and third parts of the so-called Murder Trilogy, "Midnight Show" and "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine". The first part, "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf", appears on The Killers' B-sides and rarities compilation, Sawdust.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
BBC (favorable)[5]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[6]
Melodic 3/5 stars[7]
NME (7/10)[8]
Pitchfork Media (5.2/10)[9]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[12]
The Times 5/5 stars[13]

Hot Fuss was released on 7 June 2004 in the United Kingdom and on 15 June 2004 in the United States.[1] In 2005, it was reissued as a box of eleven 7" vinyl discs, with an album track on each A-side and non-album tracks on the B-sides.[14] Rolling Stone ranked Hot Fuss the 43rd of its "100 Best Albums of the Decade", and it is one of the five most recent recordings listed among the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Gigwise readers voted it the No. 1 "Best Debut Album of All Time" in 2013.[15] Rolling Stone ranked Hot Fuss the 33rd of its list of "The 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time".[16]

Hot Fuss was The Killers' first No. 1 album in the UK. It was the 26th best-selling album of the decade in the United Kingdom. It spent 179 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, nearly three and half years.[14]

The album reached No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 chart. It is estimated to have sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, including more than 3 million in the United States and more than 2 million in the UK, where it has been certified seven-times platinum. It has also been certified platinum or multi-platinum in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. Hot Fuss produced several commercially and critically successful singles, including "Mr. Brightside".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine"   Flowers, Stoermer 4:04
2. "Mr. Brightside"   Flowers, Keuning 3:42
3. "Smile Like You Mean It"   Flowers, Stoermer 3:54
4. "Somebody Told Me"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 3:17
5. "All These Things That I've Done"   Flowers 5:01
6. "Andy, You're a Star"   Flowers 3:14
7. "On Top"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:18
8. "Change Your Mind"   Flowers, Keuning 3:11
9. "Believe Me Natalie"   Flowers, Vannucci 5:05
10. "Midnight Show"   Flowers, Stoermer 4:02
11. "Everything Will Be Alright"   Flowers 5:45
Alternate track on on the UK and Australian editions
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:14
Bonus track on US vinyl edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:14
Bonus tracks on European edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:14
13. "Somebody Told Me" (music video) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci  
Bonus tracks on Japanese and US 2005 Limited edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:14
13. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"   Flowers, Keuning 3:49
14. "Under the Gun"   Flowers, Keuning 2:33
iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Somebody Told Me" (Mylo Mix) 7:17
13. "Smile Like You Mean It" (Fischerspooner Mix) 6:24
14. "Smile Like You Mean It" (Ruff and Jam Eastside Mix) 7:35
Limited edition 7" boxset bonus tracks

Each track is found on the B-side of the corresponding track from the album. Also note, "All These Things That I've Done" is edited by fading out about 30 seconds before the track finishes.

No. Title Length
1. "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Remix)  
2. "Under the Gun"    
3. "Show You How"    
4. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"    
5. "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself?" (Morrissey/Whyte)  
6. "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town"    
7. "Mr. Brightside" (Thin White Duke Remix Edit)  
8. "Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll"    
9. "Smile Like You Mean It" (Acoustic Version)  
10. "Who Let You Go?"    
11. "Get Trashed"    
Japan Limited Tour Edition bonus DVD
  1. "Somebody Told Me" (video)
  2. "Mr. Brightside" (original video)
  3. "Mr. Brightside" (new video)
  4. "All These Things That I've Done" (video)
UK special edition bonus DVD
  1. "Smile Like You Mean It"
  2. "All These Things I've Done"
  3. "Somebody Told Me" (Glastonbury 2005)
  4. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" (Glastonbury 2005)
  5. "Mr. Brightside" (Glastonbury 2005)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2004 Shortlist Music Prize Shortlist Music Prize Nominated
2005 BRIT Awards Best International Album Nominated
2005 Grammy Awards Best Rock Album Nominated
2005 Meteor Ireland Music Awards Best International Album Nominated
Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Drowned in Sound UK Best Albums of the Year 2004 2
Gigwise[61] US Best Debut Album Ever: Readers' Poll 2013 1
NME[62] US 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2013 495
Q[63] UK 250 Best Albums of Q's Lifetime 1986–2010 2011 17
Rolling Stone[64] US Top 100 Albums of the 2000s 2009 43
Rolling Stone[65] US 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time 2013 33
Rolling Stone[66] US 10 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time: Readers' Poll 2013 9
The A.V. Club[67] US Top 100 Albums of the 2000s 2009 41
The Daily Mail[68] UK Top 50 Best Albums of the Noughties 2009 3

Personnel[edit]

The Killers
Technical personnel
  • Brandon Flowers – Writer, composer, producer
  • Dave Keuning – Writer, composer, producer
  • Mark Stoermer – Writer, composer, producer
  • Ronnie Vannucci – Writer, composer, producer
  • Sweet Inspirations – Gospel choir (heard on tracks 5 & 6)
  • Jeff Saltzman – Producer, engineer (tracks 1-10)
  • Corlene Byrd – Engineer (track 11)
  • Alan Moulder – Mixing (tracks 1,4,5,6,7 & 10)
  • Mark Needham – Mixing (tracks 2,3,8,9 & 11)

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