Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll

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"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll"
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"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" cover
Song by The Killers from the album Hot Fuss (UK & Australia editions)
Released October 8, 2005
Recorded March - April 2003 @ Cornerstone Studios, Berkeley, California.
Length 4:15
Label Island
Writer The Killers
  • Jeff Saltzman
  • The Killers

"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" is a song from The Killers' UK and Australia editions of the album Hot Fuss, where it replaces "Change Your Mind". It was also released as a bonus track on various editions of Hot Fuss.


The song has resulted in much misunderstanding; the lyrics are an ironic take on hipster culture. In 2009, 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."

Brandon Flowers stated in a Rolling Stone interview that this song is his least favorite Killers song, and he wants "to crawl under a rock" when he hears the song.[1] 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 UK, 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.

Although not officially a single in the US, the song did reach #16 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart (equaling #116 on the main Billboard Hot 100 chart) and #71 on the Billboard Pop 100.


Chart (2005)[2] Peak
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs 62
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 71


  1. ^ Scaggs, Austin. "Q&A: Brandon Flowers." Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone Magazine, 17 Sept. 2009. Web. 30 May 2015.
  2. ^ - The Killers Artist Chart History

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