Shot at the Night

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"Shot at the Night"
Single by The Killers
from the album Direct Hits
Released September 17, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 4:02
Label Island
Writer(s) The Killers
Producer(s) Anthony Gonzalez
The Killers singles chronology
"Here With Me"
(2012)
"Shot at the Night"
(2013)
"Just Another Girl"
(2013)
Music video
Shot At The Night on YouTube

"Shot at the Night" is a song by American rock band The Killers. The song served as the lead single from the band's second compilation album, Direct Hits. The track was unveiled on September 16, 2013, the 10th anniversary of the band's first London show, and sent immediately to mainstream radio.[1]

Recording and production[edit]

The song was produced by M83's Anthony Gonzalez, who had supported the band on their Day & Age World Tour. Island Records subsequently suggested Gonzalez as a possible producer for the band, following the success of M83's sixth studio album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (2011). Guitarist Dave Keuning noted, "There was a mutual thing like, 'Yeah we think he's good. We'll try him out.' It's something we finally agreed with our label on."[2] Regarding the band's collaboration with Gonzalez, vocalist Brandon Flowers stated, "He's one of these new school producers. He's a technical wizard, but you can't discount his musicality. A lot of people do, because of the involvement of computers, but he's a real musician, too. He and Stuart Price may be known for working on the digital side of things, but they're also two of the most musical guys I've ever met."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received positive reviews from music critics. NME listed it top of their "10 tracks you have to hear this week 18/09/13", noting "it's a fittingly triumphant mix of Gonzalez's glittering synth-pop and The Killers' own huge-hearted bombast", adding "it has a euphoric chorus that's as reminiscent of '80s power-pop as the anthemic indie that Nevada's finest have become renowned for."[4] Spin found the track to be a "space-age jewel — with its sparkling electronics, chest-thumping chorus, and Midnight City-reared percussion".[5] Rolling Stone believed the song ventures into "the fantasia of Eighties pop-rock soundtracks, dripping with hair spray, swaddled in the fog of dry ice.", and concluded the song was "solid",[6] and later listed "Shot at the Night" as the hundredth best song of the year.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was unveiled on September 26, 2013, and was directed by Roboshobo, who had previously worked with the band on Christmas charity singles 'The Cowboy's Christmas Ball' and 'I Feel It In My Bones'. Regarding the choice of director, lead singer Brandon Flowers noted "We always get a ton of treatments for videos where raunchiness and debauchery are at the forefront, regardless of what fire the song is stoking. We liked that Robert's treatment was different and classy, and he pulled it off."[8]

The video features Dark Shadows actress Bella Heathcote, and The Social Network star Max Minghella.[8] Heathcote portrays a working class hotel maid at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, clearly unsatisfied with her mundane lifestyle, matching the song's melancholic lyrical yearning "Give me a shot at the night...". She accidentally encounters a handsome hotel guest and his friends, portrayed by Minghella. The two form an instant connection, leading Heathcote's character to abandon her shift and explore Vegas by night with her new found love interest, thus giving her very own "shot at the night".

Live performances[edit]

The Killers performed the song live for the first time at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Killers performed the song live on Later... with Jools Holland on November 5, 2013, Jimmy Kimmel Live on November 12, and Ellen on November 15. They also performed the song live at the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 11, and on BBC Maida Vale Studio 4 on November 7

NCAA March Madness Theme[edit]

In 2014 the song was chosen as the 'musical backdrop' to the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. A special video was shot by the band at The Skywalk overlooking the Grand Canyon, with the video being shown in various lengths throughout the tournament.[9]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 11
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[11] 36
Canada (Alternative Rock)[12] 19
Canadian Hot 100 (Billboard)[13] 90
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 33
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 23
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[17] 22
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 20
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[13] 25
US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[13] 15

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Rolling Stone United States 100 Best Songs of 2013[18] 2013
100
BBC Radio 1 United Kingdom 100 Hottest Records of 2013[19] 2013
17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Killers premiere new single 'Shot At The Night'". Gigwise. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  2. ^ "The Killers Talk Collaborating With M83's Anthony Gonzalez | News". Pitchfork. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  3. ^ "The Killers to release hits compilation featuring two new songs - listen | News". Nme.Com. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  4. ^ "NME Onrepeat Reviews - 10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (18/09/13)". Nme.Com. 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  5. ^ "The Killers Team With M83 for One Glistening 'Shot At the Night' | SPIN | SPIN Mix | Songs". SPIN. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  6. ^ "The Killers, Shot at the Night | Song Reviews". Rolling Stone. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  7. ^ "100 Best Songs of 2013: The Killers, "Shot at the Night"". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  8. ^ a b "The Killers unveil Las Vegas set 'Shot At The Night' video - watch | News". Nme.Com. 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5937433/the-killers-take-shot-at-the-night-in-ncaa-march-madness-video-watch
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Killers – Shot At The Night" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Killers – Shot At The Night" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  12. ^ "Canada: Alternative Rock". America's Music Charts. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d "The Killers - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  14. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "The Killers - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  18. ^ "100 Best Songs of 2013". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  19. ^ https://www.facebook.com/bbcradio1/posts/10152113147871763:0