Mr. Brightside

Direct Hits (Deluxe) by The Killers

2004, 1 track, 3 mins 42 sec

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Taboo as it may seem to say out loud, audiences may not have received one of the world’s catchiest songs without the help of a little infidelity, the secret recipe by which The Killers’ first-recorded Single was constructed. Inspired by the very real scenario in which singer Brandon Flowers’ girlfriend had cheated on him, “Mr. Brightside” is quite possibly the most upbeat portrayal of such a shameful act, sinking its bright & colourful earworm hooks into your brain as you sing along to an admittedly depressing story; Each & every line details the acts she performed – in likely exaggerated fashion – in vivid detail, so eloquently spoken yet so painfully real in the way they’re constructed. The early 2000’s were the perfect time for such apathetic narratives, “Mr. Brightside” becoming sort of an anthem for teen angst as the Emo scene was booming with the advent of Myspace, leading to an entire generation pretty much praising this song & My Chemical Romance’s “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” as absolute gospel.
“Mr. Brightside” was famous enough on its own within the Alternative scenes of the time, but the accompanying music video cemented it as an absolute classic immediately – Featuring the theatricality of burlesque & the intrigue of a brothel, Flowers’ lyrics are brought to life as this narrative plays out on-screen, colourful characters flooding each shot as viewers try to discern hidden details as to the true meaning of his words. As this was the heyday of MTV, the budget for music videos at the time was off the charts, allowing even little Indie Dance Rock groups like The Killers to gain access to cinematic-quality direction, wild costumes & tons of set-piece moments; Because of this, “Mr. Brightside” is still considered one of the decade’s most entertaining songs & videos, remaining high on Rock 100 lists with as much strength as Classic Rock tunes – Not bad for a song about infidelity, jealousy & the pains of watching someone give away the love you should have received.

Written by @camjameson from Extraneous Routes

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Song Info

"Mr. Brightside"


Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr.


  • Jun 07, 2004


  • 7"
  • CD


  • Island
  • Lizard King


  • The Killers


  • Alternative rock
  • post-punk revival
  • new wave


"Mr. Brightside" is the first single released by American rock band The Killers. It was released as the band's debut single and is featured on their debut studio album Hot Fuss (2004). Written by band members Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning, this was one of the first songs the Killers ever wrote. It is written in the key of D-flat major. Two music videos were made for the song: the first, which is in black-and-white, features the band performing in an empty room. The second, filmed for the re-release, is based on the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!
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