Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll

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"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll"
Killers Glamorous promo.jpg
Promotional single by The Killers from the album Hot Fuss
Released 2004
Format 7" single
Recorded March–April 2003;
Cornerstone Studios
(Berkeley, California)
Length 4:15
Label Lizard King
Writer(s) The Killers
  • Jeff Saltzman
  • The Killers

"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" is a song by American rock band The Killers, included as a bonus track on select editions of their debut studio album, Hot Fuss (2004). The song was issued as a promotional single in the United Kingdom in 2004.


The song has resulted in much misunderstanding; the lyrics are an ironic take on hipster culture. In August 2009, frontman Brandon Flowers told Time Out Chicago: "There's so much snobbery. You go through high school and all the paranoia and crap that goes with that. It's bullshit. I just didn't want to be like that. We like big songs and we're going to embrace it."[1]

In an interview with Rolling Stone in September 2009, Flowers cited "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" as his least favorite Killers song, stating that hearing the song makes him want to "crawl under a rock".[2] However, in a comeback show in 2011 at London's Scala, The Killers played the tune live for the first time in four years, since the earlier legs of the Sam's Town Tour. The following day, The Killers opened with "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" during their headlining act at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London.

Release and reception[edit]

"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" was released as a promotional single in the United Kingdom in 2004, due to its popularity among fans. It became a regular number in the setlist until the end of the Sam's Town Tour.

A re-recorded version of the song is featured on The Killers' compilation album Sawdust (2007).

Although not officially a single in the United States, the song reached number 13 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and number 71 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart.


Chart (2005) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[3] 13
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[4] 62
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[5] 71


  1. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (August 2, 2009). "Interview with Brandon Flowers of the Killers". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ Scaggs, Austin (September 17, 2009). "Q&A: Brandon Flowers". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Search results". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Killers – Chart history" Billboard Digital Songs for The Killers. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Hot Fuss – The Killers | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 

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