All These Things That I've Done

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"All These Things That I've Done"
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Single by The Killers
from the album Hot Fuss
ReleasedAugust 30, 2004
FormatCD
Recorded2003
StudioThe Hearse, Berkeley, California
GenreAlternative rock
Length
  • 5:01 (album version)
  • 3:53 (radio single edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • The Killers
  • Jeff Saltzman
The Killers singles chronology
"Somebody Told Me"
(2004)
"All These Things That I've Done"
(2004)
"Smile Like You Mean It"
(2005)
Audio sample

"All These Things That I've Done" is a song by American rock band The Killers. The song was released as the third single from the band's debut studio album Hot Fuss (2004). It was written by frontman Brandon Flowers and features gospel choir The Sweet Inspirations. It was released as the third single in 2004 in the United Kingdom and as the fourth single in the United States, peaking at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. The song features the central lyric of "You gotta help me out",[1] and an extended refrain of "I got soul, but I'm not a soldier".

Critical reception[edit]

The song was acclaimed by critics upon release. Bill Lamb of About.com gave the song 4 out of 5 stars, noting its strength as a pop-rock anthem.[2] Jemma Volp-Fletcher gave the single a perfect score of 10 out of 10, calling it "staggering", while also complimenting frontman Flowers' songwriting skills.[3] musicOMH's Sara McDonnell was also impressed, saying that it had "'classic song' written all over it".[4]

In 2009, The Daily Telegraph listed it among the "100 Greatest Songs of All Time".[5]

In December 2005, the song was nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 48th Grammy Awards,[6] but lost to "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" by U2.[7]

Performances and covers[edit]

The band performed the song at Live 8, a charity campaign series of concerts held in July 2005.[8][9] In 2009, The Killers, Coldplay, Bono (U2), and Gary Barlow (Take That) performed the track together to support a special War Child concert following the BRIT Awards.[10]

Fellow Las Vegas band Panic! At the Disco members Brendon Urie and Ryan Ross slow danced to the song according to the December 2006 issue of Kerrang!.[11]

A popular song among alternative rock bands, "All These Things That I've Done" has been covered live by numerous artists including U2,[12] Coldplay, Imagine Dragons,[13] Walk the Moon,[14] Kris Allen,[15] and Robbie Williams.[16]

Music videos[edit]

The song has two music videos, the earlier of which was filmed in July 2004.[citation needed] It features The Killers singing while walking down Brick Lane, in London accompanied by a crowd. The video also featured shots of the audience who attended The Killers concert at the London Astoria, on July 8, 2004.[citation needed]

The later version, directed by Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn, was filmed in May 2005 in Las Vegas and features a surreal, dream-like sequence, where The Killers, dressed as cowboys, are attacked by scantily clad female warriors armed with boomerangs.[17] The story in the video is told out of order, but can be put in its order by the numbers displayed in the video. The band later made use of a similar cowboy theme during promotion of their second album, Sam's Town, and its accompanying tour and music videos during 2006 and 2007.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

UK 7"

  1. "All These Things That I've Done" (Flowers)
  2. "Andy, You're a Star" (Zane Lowe Radio 1 session) (Flowers)

UK CD

  1. "All These Things That I've Done" – 5:04
  2. "All These Things That I've Done" (radio edit) – 3:23
  3. "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself?" (Zane Lowe Radio 1 session) (Morrissey and Alain Whyte) – 3:45
  4. "All These Things That I've Done" (video)

European CD

  1. "All These Things That I've Done" (radio edit)
  2. "All These Things That I've Done"

Australian and European maxi CD

  1. "All These Things That I've Done" (radio edit)
  2. "All These Things That I've Done"
  3. "Mr. Brightside" (The Lindbergh Palace club remix) (Flowers and Keuning)
  4. "All These Things That I've Done" (video)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
XFM United Kingdom 100 Greatest Songs of the Decade[31] 2009
22
Absolute Radio 100 Best Songs of the Decade[32] 2009
9
NME 100 Greatest Tracks of the Decade[33] 2009
95
150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years[34] 2011
56
The Daily Telegraph 100 Greatest Songs of All Time[35][36] 2009
65
2015
75
Pretty Much Amazing United States Favorite Songs of the Last Ten Years[37] 2010
14

Awards[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2006 Grammy Awards Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated

In other media[edit]

Comedian and musician Bill Bailey frequently pokes fun at the song's refrain during his shows, providing his own version: "I've got ham, but I'm not a hamster". According to Bailey himself, the band was aware of the parody, finding it quite amusing.[38]

The song has been featured in commercials, including an ad for Nike.[39]

The song has appeared in trailers for the 2019 Illumination film The Secret Life of Pets 2

References[edit]

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  5. ^ McCormick, Neil (March 12, 2009). "100 Greatest Songs of All Time: 75 – 51". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  6. ^ Staff, Variety; Staff, Variety (2005-12-08). "48th annual Grammy nominations list — part 1". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  7. ^ "CNN.com – List of Grammy winners – Feb 9, 2006". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  8. ^ Forrest, Adam. "Did Live 8 Work? 10 Years On, The Debt Burden Returns". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  9. ^ NME (2006-01-18). "The Killers: Live8 performance will be hard to beat". NME. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  10. ^ "U2's Bono Joins Coldplay and The Killers For War Child Gig In The Capital". Uncut.co.uk. 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  11. ^ "Kerrang December 9 2006 Issue". 9 December 2006. Archived from the original on 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  12. ^ Matthias Muehlbradt, Andre Axver. "U2 All These Things That I've Done – U2 on tour". U2gigs.com.
  13. ^ Imagine Dragons- All These Things That I've Done.3GP. YouTube. 6 April 2011.
  14. ^ "WATCH: Walk The Moon Covered The Killers Live". Radio 104.5.
  15. ^ "All These Things That I've Done"- Kris Allen 7/10/09. YouTube. 11 July 2009.
  16. ^ Robbie does a little cover of The Killers. YouTube. 3 September 2006.
  17. ^ Montgomery, James. "Killers Don't Understand Their Anton Corbijn-Directed Clip". MTV News. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
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  30. ^ "British single certifications – The Killers – All These Things That I've Done". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type All These Things That I've Done in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  31. ^ "30 – 21". Xfm. Archived from the original on 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
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  38. ^ Bill Bailey on the Graham Norton Show, 2012
  39. ^ Andrews, David L.; Carrington, Ben (2013-06-21). A Companion to Sport. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-118-32528-5.

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