Read My Mind (The Killers song)

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"Read My Mind"
Single by The Killers
from the album Sam's Town
Released February 13, 2007 (2007-02-13)
Recorded 2006
Length 4:06
The Killers singles chronology
"A Great Big Sled"
"Read My Mind"
"For Reasons Unknown"
Alternative covers
12" remixes

"Read My Mind" is a song by American rock band The Killers. It was released on February 13, 2007 as the third single from their second studio album Sam's Town (2006). It peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also charted at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart.

In 2009, the song was voted at Number 57 in UK radio station XFM's "100 Greatest Songs of All Time".  In the same year, it was voted at Number 71 on Absolute Radio's 100 Best Songs of the Decade.[1]

Background and production[edit]

In an interview with Chicago radio station Q101, lead vocalist Brandon Flowers called "Read My Mind" the best song he has ever written. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (of Pet Shop Boys) saw The Killers in concert at Brixton Academy at the end of November 2006, where the idea of a remix for "Read My Mind" was discussed between the two parties. The resulting remix, "Pet Shop Boys 'Stars are blazing' mix" featuring additional vocals by Tennant and Lowe, is one of the B-sides for the single, and is featured on the Pet Shop Boys album Disco Four.[2][3]

"Read My Mind" was released as part of an iTunes EP on February 13, 2007, featuring an acoustic version and two remixes. It was also released as the third single from Sam's Town in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2007.[2][4][5]

There was a promotion CD released in the US that featured 10 dance mixes. This included the full Pet Shop Boys mix, as well as an instrumental version and radio edit. It also featured remixes by Gabriel & Dresden, Steve Bays (from Canadian band Hot Hot Heat) and Linus Loves. The three-track American CD single was released in Best Buy stores. The single is free only with the purchase of Sam's Town.

Critical reception[edit]

Critical response to the single was positive; the song was often praised although the album received highly mixed reviews.[6] Yahoo Music said "the album peaks with the arena-sized 'Read My Mind'".[7] Sven Philipp (with Billboard) called the single "a gloriously melodic Duran Duran-meets-Springsteen tale about "breakin' out of this two-star town."[8] Adrien Begrand with PopMatters said, "The Killers shine on the song, Flowers’s synth offsetting Keuning’s tasteful flourishes wonderfully."[6] NME called the song the "righteous and anthemic album highlight."[9] It was also listed as #12 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of 2006 even though Sam's Town had previously received negative reviews from the magazine. In reference to the Pet Shop Boys remix, The New York Times called it a "perfect match."[10] This song was also #84 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.[11]

A remix of the song is featured on the original soundtrack of the NBC television series Friday Night Lights. It is nominated for a 2008 People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Song from a Soundtrack.

This song was also going to be performed as a showcase performance for Chloe Warren, but due to technical complications the performance was cancelled. "Read My Mind" was also used for the promotional video for season 14 of the television show ER on Warner Channel Latin America.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Read My Mind" was shot in Tokyo and directed by Diane Martel, shortly before the band embarked on their round of touring to New Zealand and Australia. In an interview, Brandon Flowers called the tune "kind of our favorite song" and promised the clip would find the band "in Tokyo, on bikes."[12]

The video finds The Killers in Tokyo, seemingly just having a good time and carrying out activities synonymous with the freedom of youth. These include riding different bicycles, namely a penny-farthing, recumbent bicycle, a lowrider bicycle, and a regular bicycle decorated with ram's horns, through the Tokyo streets. The band are also seen in a traditional arcade playing session GuitarFreaks and Drummania, playing with leaves in a Tokyo park with some school children, and interacting with TV character Gachapin. The various scenes are intercut with footage of Flowers singing in the middle of the city at a traffic interchange (most likely Shinjuku[13]). The video ends with the four members of the band in a capsule hotel.

The video premiered on February 8, 2007, on MTV's Total Request Live as part of their "Spankin' New Music Week."[14] On the March 23, 2007 episode of VH1's Top 20 Countdown, "Read My Mind" was number one, making it the first time a Killers' video had reached that rank.

Track listings[edit]

7": Vertigo / 6 02517 24568 6 – UK

  1. "Read My Mind" – 4:03
  2. "Read My Mind" (Steve Bays Remix) – 3:30

CD: Vertigo / 6 02517 24567 9 – UK

  1. "Read My Mind" – 4:03
  2. "Read My Mind" (Pet Shop Boys Stars Are Blazing Mix) (Edit) – 4:02

CD: Island / ISLR 16704-2 – U.S.

  1. "Read My Mind" (Pet Shop Boys Stars Are Blazing Mix) – 7:19
  2. "Read My Mind" (Steve Bays Remix) – 3:30
  3. "Read My Mind" (Like Rebel Diamonds Mix) – 4:11
  • Available in the U.S. at Best Buy stores. Free with purchase of any Killers CD.

CD: Island / 6 02517 24567 9 – Germany

  1. "Read My Mind" (Album Version) – 4:03
  2. "Read My Mind" (Pet Shop Boys Radio Edit) – 4:02
  3. "Read My Mind" (Pet Shop Boys Instrumental) – 7:21
  4. "Read My Mind" (Video)

CD: Island / ISLR 16724-2 – U.S.

  1. "Read My Mind" (Pet Shop Boys Radio Edit) – 4:02
  2. "Read My Mind" (Gabriel & Dresden Radio Edit) – 4:43
  3. "Read My Mind" (Linus Loves Radio Edit) – 4:32
  4. "Read My Mind" (Steve Bays Remix) – 3:29
  5. "Read My Mind" (Pet Shop Boys 'Stars Are Blazing' Mix) – 7:19
  6. "Read My Mind" (Gabriel & Dresden Unplugged Mix) – 10:24
  7. "Read My Mind" (Linus Loves Club Mix) – 7:25
  8. "Read My Mind" (Pet Shop Boys 'Stars Are Blazing' Instrumental) – 7:21
  9. "Read My Mind" (Gabriel & Dresden Unplugged Instrumental) – 9:55
  10. "Read My Mind" (Linus Loves Dub) – 6:20
  • US remix promo CD


Chart (2007) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[15] 32
Ireland (IRMA) 18
Italy (FIMI)[16] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 20
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[18] 63
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 62
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[21] 29
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[22] 8
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[23] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[24] 1

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2008 International Dance Music Awards Best Alternative/Rock Dance Track Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Song from a Soundtrack


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  3. ^ Rudden, Liam (2006-12-29). "Bells ring out for a double from heaven". Living Scotsman. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  4. ^ "The Killers reveal next single". 2007-01-07. Archived from the original on January 19, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  5. ^ "The Killers Set To Release Another Single". Angry Ape UK. 2007-01-07. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  6. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien "The Killers: Sam's Town" Retrieved October 5, 2007
  7. ^ O'Keeffe, Niall (October 10, 2006) "The Killers - Sam's Town " Retrieved October 5, 2007
  8. ^ Philipp, Sven (2007-03-17), "Read My Mind". Billboard. 119 (11):52
  9. ^ Murison, Krissi (2007). "The Killers: Sam's Town" Retrieved October 5, 2007
  10. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (March 18, 2007), "At Home in Their Niches. And Breaking Out." The New York Times. Retrieved October 5, 2007
  11. ^ MTV Asia. "Top 100 Hits List". Retrieved 2007-12-27
  12. ^ Moss, Corey (2007-01-05). "Killers Hop On Bikes In Tokyo For "Read My Mind" video". MTV. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  13. ^ deeREK No real name given + Add Contact. "The Killers - read my mind(filmed in Shinjuku) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  14. ^ [1] Archived February 6, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ " – The Killers – Read My Mind". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  16. ^ " – The Killers – Read My Mind". Top Digital Download.
  17. ^ " – The Killers – Read My Mind". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200715 into search.
  19. ^ "The Killers: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  20. ^ "The Killers – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Killers.
  21. ^ "The Killers – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for The Killers.
  22. ^ "The Killers – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for The Killers.
  23. ^ "The Killers – Chart history" Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay for The Killers.
  24. ^ "The Killers – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for The Killers.

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Preceded by
"Beautiful Liar" by Beyoncé and Shakira
Billboard Dance Club Play number-one single
May 26, 2007
Succeeded by
"Glamorous" by Fergie featuring Ludacris
Preceded by
"Say It Right" by Nelly Furtado
Billboard Hot Dance Airplay number-one single
April 28 – May 12, 2007
Succeeded by
"Cry for You" by September