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Single by The Killers featuring Lou Reed
from the album Sawdust
Released October 8, 2007
Format Digital download
Genre Post-punk revival
Length 3:45
Label Island, Vertigo
Producer(s) Flood, Alan Moulder, The Killers
The Killers singles chronology
"Don't Shoot Me Santa"
Lou Reed singles chronology
"Satellite of Love 2004"
Music sample

"Tranquilize" is a song by Las Vegas-based rock band, The Killers featuring Lou Reed. The song was written by Brandon Flowers and it is featured on the compilation album Sawdust.

The song was made available for download on iTunes from October 12, 2007. There was also a limited edition etched 7" vinyl of "Tranquilize" available from November 5, featuring a lyric from the song hand picked by Brandon Flowers etched onto one side. The song reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart and #11 on the Download chart. The track also won Best International Alternative/Indie Track at NME's first ever USA awards.

The song was featured in a trailer for the fifth and final season of HBO's original series Boardwalk Empire.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tranquilize"

Live performances[edit]

In live performances Brandon Flowers changes the lyrics at the end from "with the Bushes and the bombs are tranquilized" to "with the vampires and the bombs are tranquilized".[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video features Lou Reed and was released on the 29 October 2007 in the UK.

The video features Brandon Flowers wandering around an empty house. Somewhere in the house is Lou Reed, sitting at a piano. Flowers sings the song, including Reed's parts, making it look like he has been possessed. Intercut with this are shots of the rest of the band in a darkly lit, red room, around a table, apparently performing a seance. The video ends with Flowers finding and pointing at Reed, singing his outro.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
UK Singles Chart 13
Austrian Singles Chart 57
Canadian Hot 100 59


Year Ceremony Award Result
2008 NME Awards Best Indie/Alternative Track Won
Best Video Nominated

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