So while we’re in the habit of completely destroying this blog’s indie credibility, I figured I’d post some rare or unreleased Killers songs. Next week, I’ll tell you I didn’t think The Bravery album was as bad as everyone else did.
This week we’ll handle The Killers in all their divisive glory. These are mostly demos from 2001-2003 with one live track thrown in the mix. Not all of them are memorable but they do trace some serious artistic progression. The earliest of the songs, 2002’s “Oh Yeah, By The Way” is about as rough a track as you can imagine coming from the now-glammed out rockers. Moving forward, 2003 had the band trying on The Smith’s sound with “Desperate” and later in the year finally codifying a lo-fi version of the song writing and chord progressions they would feature on Hot Fuss with “Waiting For Love.” The live song, “Where Is She?” was based on the true story of a girl murdered by her boyfriend. According to leadsinger Brandon Flowers this was the third of a trifecta of murder songs that were supposed to appear on the album (the other two being “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” and “Midnight Show”). “Where Is She?” was eventually left off the record at the suggestion of the band’s managment.