Hot Fuss

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Hot Fuss
The Killers - Hot Fuss.png
Studio album by The Killers
ReleasedJune 7, 2004 (2004-06-07)
Recorded2003
Studio
Genre
Length45:39
LabelIsland
Producer
  • The Killers
  • Jeff Saltzman
The Killers chronology
Hot Fuss
(2004)
Sam's Town
(2006)
Singles from Hot Fuss
  1. "Mr. Brightside"
    Released: September 29, 2003
  2. "Somebody Told Me"
    Released: March 15, 2004
  3. "All These Things That I've Done"
    Released: August 30, 2004
  4. "Smile Like You Mean It"
    Released: May 2, 2005

Hot Fuss is the debut studio album by American rock band The Killers. It was released on June 7, 2004, in the United Kingdom and on June 15, 2004, in the United States.[1] The album is mostly influenced by new wave music and post-punk. Hot Fuss produced several commercially and critically successful singles: "Mr. Brightside", "Somebody Told Me", "All These Things That I've Done" and "Smile Like You Mean It".

The album reached number seven on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the UK Albums Chart. As of December 2012, Hot Fuss had sold more than seven million copies worldwide,[3] including more than three million in the United States and more than two million in the UK, where it has been certified seven-times platinum. It has also been certified platinum or multi-platinum in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. The album and its first three singles went on to garner five Grammy Award nominations.

Background[edit]

The album was recorded at various points throughout 2003 with Jeff Saltzman in Berkeley, California, with the exception of "Everything Will Be Alright", which was recorded by Corlene Byrd in guitarist Dave Keuning's apartment. Many of the tracks were originally recorded as demos, which the band decided to keep for their spontaneity. The album was mixed by Mark Needham at Cornerstone Studios in Los Angeles and Alan Moulder at Eden Studios in London.

Hot Fuss is mainly influenced by new wave and post-punk artists such as Joy Division, New Order, The Cure, The Smiths, Morrissey, Duran Duran, and The Cars. Other influences include David Bowie, U2, Oasis, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Lou Reed.[citation needed]

The album includes the second and third parts of the so-called Murder Trilogy, "Midnight Show" and "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine". The first part, "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf", appears on The Killers' B-sides and rarities compilation, Sawdust.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic66/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Alternative Press4/5[6]
Blender4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyC[8]
NME7/10[9]
Pitchfork5.2/10[10]
Q3/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[13]
Spin3.5/5 stars[14]

Hot Fuss was released on June 7, 2004, in the United Kingdom and on June 15, 2004, in the United States.[1] In 2005, it was reissued as a box of eleven seven-inch vinyl discs, with an album track on each A-side and non-album tracks on the B-sides.[15] The album reached number seven on the US Billboard 200 chart. It is estimated to have sold more than seven million copies worldwide, including more than three million in the United States and more than two million in the UK, where it has been certified seven-times platinum and sold over 2.2 million copies.[16] It has also been certified platinum or multi-platinum in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. Hot Fuss produced several commercially and critically successful singles, including "Mr. Brightside". Hot Fuss was The Killers' first number-one album in the UK. It was the 26th best-selling album of the decade in the United Kingdom. It is among the top 25 longest-charting albums in the history of the UK Albums Chart, with 249 weeks, more than four-and-a-half years. It is also the longest-charting post-2000 release on the same chart.

Rolling Stone ranked Hot Fuss the 43rd of its "100 Best Albums of the Decade", and was, at one point, listed among the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Gigwise readers voted it the number-one "Best Debut Album of All Time" in 2013.[17] Rolling Stone ranked Hot Fuss the 33rd of its list of "The 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time".[18]

Accolades[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2004 Shortlist Music Prize Shortlist Music Prize Nominated
2005 BRIT Awards Best International Album Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Rock Album Nominated
Meteor Ireland Music Awards Best International Album Nominated
Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Drowned in Sound UK Best Albums of the Year 2004 2
Gigwise[19] US Best Debut Album Ever: Readers' Poll 2013 1
NME[20] US 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2013 495
Q[21] UK 250 Best Albums of Q's Lifetime 1986–2010 2011 17
Rolling Stone[22] US Top 100 Albums of the 2000s 2009 43
Rolling Stone[23] US 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time 2013 33
Rolling Stone[24] US 10 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time: Readers' Poll 2013 9
The A.V. Club[25] US Top 100 Albums of the 2000s 2009 41
The Daily Mail[26] UK Top 50 Best Albums of the Noughties 2009 3

Hot Fuss is listed among the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Jenny Was a Friend of Mine"4:04
2."Mr. Brightside"3:43
3."Smile Like You Mean It"
  • Flowers
  • Stoermer
3:54
4."Somebody Told Me"
3:17
5."All These Things That I've Done"Flowers5:01
6."Andy, You're a Star"Flowers3:14
7."On Top"
  • Flowers
  • Keuning
  • Stoermer
  • Vannucci
4:18
8."Change Your Mind"
  • Flowers
  • Keuning
3:11
9."Believe Me Natalie"
  • Flowers
  • Vannucci
5:05
10."Midnight Show"
  • Flowers
  • Stoermer
4:02
11."Everything Will Be Alright"Flowers5:45

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Hot Fuss.[27]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[66] Gold 20,000^
Australia (ARIA)[67] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Belgium (BEA)[68] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[69] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[70] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[71] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[72] 2× Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[73] 7× Platinum 2,244,150[16]
United States (RIAA)[74] 3× Platinum 3,750,000[75]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[76] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United Kingdom June 7, 2004 Lizard King
United States June 15, 2004 Island

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