Song Of The Week - The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
An old friend used to sing along to Paul McCartney with “Band on the run/Three songs in one.” And this is very much of that school - although in the video below the song’s first act is missing.
The Killers formed in the early 2000s in their native Las Vegas, birthed by singer Brandon Flowers and guitarist Dave Keuning. Initially influenced by British synth bands such as New Order and Depeche Mode, but spurred into life after Flowers attended an Oasis gig, they got big, always bigger in Europe than in their native country. They probably peaked on their extremely fine first album, Hot Fuss, which boasted the beautiful desperation of Mr Brightside, the sexual angst of Grammy nominated Somebody Told Me, the basic bombast of Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll and, of course, this, their finest five minutes.
This video was made specifically for the UK market as the band were breaking big in Britain, and is fantastic in its simplicity, perfectly complimenting the song by doing little more than have the band wander the back streets of London, picking up a rag-tag bunch of followers as they go. The pop song as diverse community, writ large.
Need a film connection? Well, an unpleasantly goateed Justin Timberlake lip-synched to the much covered “I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier” refrain in Richard Kelly’s frankly ridiculous Southland Tales. And – as this video proves -this is perfect strutting music. So put on the opening titles of Saturday Night Fever, turn down The Bee Gees, play this instead and watch Travolta move like a Killer.