Hot Fuss

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Hot Fuss
The Killers - Hot Fuss.png
Studio album by The Killers
Released June 7, 2004 (2004-06-07)
Recorded 2003
Studio
Genre
Length 45:39
Label Island
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. 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. 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. Rolling Stone ranked Hot Fuss the 43rd of its "100 Best Albums of the Decade", and it is one of the five most recent recordings 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[3] and Rolling Stone ranked it the 33rd of its list of "The 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time".[4]

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 in guitarist Dave Keuning's apartment and engineered by Corlene Byrd. 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, Los Angeles and Alan Moulder at Eden Studios in London.

Hot Fuss is mainly influenced by new wave and post-punk artists such as New Order, The Cure, Morrissey (with and without The Smiths), Duran Duran, and The Cars. Other influences include David Bowie, U2, Oasis, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Lou Reed.

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
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press 4/5[7]
Blender 4/5 stars[8]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (1-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Entertainment Weekly C[10]
NME 7/10[11]
Pitchfork Media 5.2/10[12]
Q 3/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[14]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[15]

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 7" vinyl discs, with an album track on each A-side and non-album tracks on the B-sides.[16] 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. 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 247 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 it is one of the five most recent recordings 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.[3] Rolling Stone ranked Hot Fuss the 33rd of its list of "The 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time".[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(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"   Flowers 5:01
6. "Andy, You're a Star"   Flowers 3:14
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"   Flowers 5:45
Limited edition 7" boxset bonus tracks

Each track is found on the B-side of the corresponding track from the album. Also note, "All These Things That I've Done" is edited by fading out about 30 seconds before the track finishes.

No. Title Length
1. "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Remix)  
2. "Under the Gun"    
3. "Show You How"    
4. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"    
5. "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself?"    
6. "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town"    
7. "Mr. Brightside" (Thin White Duke Remix Edit)  
8. "Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll"    
9. "Smile Like You Mean It" (Acoustic Version)  
10. "Who Let You Go?"    
11. "Get Trashed"    
Japan Limited Tour Edition bonus DVD
  1. "Somebody Told Me" (video)
  2. "Mr. Brightside" (original video)
  3. "Mr. Brightside" (new video)
  4. "All These Things That I've Done" (video)
UK special edition bonus DVD
  1. "Smile Like You Mean It"
  2. "All These Things I've Done"
  3. "Somebody Told Me" (Glastonbury 2005)
  4. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" (Glastonbury 2005)
  5. "Mr. Brightside" (Glastonbury 2005)

Personnel[edit]

The Killers
Technical personnel
  • Sweet Inspirationsgospel choir (tracks 5 and 6)
  • Jeff Saltzman – production, engineering (tracks 1–10)
  • Corlene Byrd – engineering (track 11)
  • Jake – additional instrumentation (track 1-10)
  • Alan Moulder – mixing (tracks 1, 4–7 and 10)
  • Mark Needham – mixing (tracks 2, 3, 8, 9 and 11)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[50] Gold 20,000x
Australia (ARIA)[51] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Belgium (BEA)[52] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[53] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[54] Gold 75,000*
Germany (BVMI)[55] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[56] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[57] 7× Platinum 2,153,555[58]
United States (RIAA)[59] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[60] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

Awards and 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[61] US Best Debut Album Ever: Readers' Poll 2013 1
NME[62] US 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2013 495
Q[63] UK 250 Best Albums of Q's Lifetime 1986–2010 2011 17
Rolling Stone[64] US Top 100 Albums of the 2000s 2009 43
Rolling Stone[65] US 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time 2013 33
Rolling Stone[66] US 10 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time: Readers' Poll 2013 9
The A.V. Club[67] US Top 100 Albums of the 2000s 2009 41
The Daily Mail[68] UK Top 50 Best Albums of the Noughties 2009 3

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

Release history[edit]

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

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