Spaceman (The Killers song)

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Single by The Killers
from the album Day & Age
B-side "Tidal Wave", "Four Winds"
Released November 4, 2008
Format Download, 7", 12", CD
Length 4:44 (Album Version)
4:13 (Radio Edit)
Label Island
Writer(s) The Killers
Producer(s) Stuart Price, The Killers
The Killers singles chronology
"Joseph, Better You Than Me"

"Spaceman" is a song by rock band The Killers. The song was released as the second single from the band's third studio album Day & Age on November 4, 2008, as a digital download on iTunes, and as 7" and promo CD in the US, Canada and UK. It has been released to radio in Australia and has gone into regular rotation on Triple J. This song was number 17 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[1] The song has been used regularly as the opening song during the band's tour.

The group began performing the song at shows during their Summer 2008 tour and played it as part of a two-song set on the October 4, 2008 episode of Saturday Night Live. They also performed the song on November 4, 2008 on BBC2's Later... with Jools Holland.

The song was released as a downloadable track for the music video game series Rock Band on November 25, 2008.[2]

The song was featured in the Fringe episode "The No-Brainer", as well as on the trailer of the animated film Planet 51 starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

In the Los Angeles market this song is a big radio hit with radio airplay longevity into 2010. On KYSR 98.7 FM, it is still their #1 most played song in June 2010,[3] while KROQ 106.7 FM added the song back into regular rotation in May 2010[4] due to its regional popularity.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by American director Ray Tintori, and shows Brandon Flowers walking around a party in progress, happening on a unique tiered structure adorned with long white vertical lights. Many humanoid creatures (all dressed up in very colourful, carnival-like costumes) are dancing, occasionally as a group, but usually individually. The other three band members can also be seen at the party throughout the video. As more of the structure is revealed, it can be seen that it is in the middle of a wide open space, surrounded by the camera crew filming the video.


Promo CD

  1. "Spaceman" (radio edit) – 4:13
  2. "Spaceman" (album version) – 4:44

UK 7" Picture Disc

  1. "Spaceman" – 4:44
  2. "Tidal Wave" – 4:14

Limited Edition 12" Picture Disc

  1. "Spaceman" – 4:44
  2. "Four Winds" (Conor Oberst) – 3:56

German CD/German iTunes EP

  1. "Spaceman" - 4:44
  2. "Four Winds" (Conor Oberst) - 3:56
  3. "Tidal Wave" - 4:14

Promo Remix CD

  1. "Spaceman" (Bimbo Jones vocal mix) – 8:04
  2. "Spaceman" (Bimbo Jones dub) – 8:03
  3. "Spaceman" (Bimbo Jones radio edit) – 4:33

Promo Remix CD 2

  1. "Spaceman" (Bimbo Jones Radio Mix) – 04:33
  2. "Spaceman" (Bimbo Jones Vocal Mix) – 08:05
  3. "Spaceman" (Lee Dagger Club Mix) – 09:03
  4. "Spaceman" (Max Jackson Dub) – 06:26
  5. "Spaceman" (Sander van Doorn Remix Part 1) – 06:38
  6. "Spacemen" (Sander van Doorn Remix Part 2) – 07:39
  7. "Spaceman" (Tiësto Remix) - 7:07

Chart performance[edit]

"Spaceman" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 67 on November 22, 2008. The song fell off the chart the following week. On Sunday 16 February 2009, "Spaceman" finally broke into the UK Top 40 at number 40.


Chart (2008-09) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5] 62
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 44
Canadian Hot 100[citation needed] 47
Dutch Singles Chart[7] 22
German Singles Chart[citation needed] 29
Irish Singles Chart[8] 33
Israeli Singles Chart[9] 6
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[10] 49
Swiss Singles Chart[11] 89
UK Singles Chart[12] 40
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[13] 67
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[14] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[14] 2
U.S. Billboard Triple A[15] 17
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs[14] 8

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
North America November 4, 2008 Digital download Island Records
Worldwide November 23, 2008 Digital download
United Kingdom February 9, 2009 7 inch vinyl
Europe March 27, 2009 CD and digital EP
North America April 12, 2009 12 inch vinyl


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