Hot Fuss ... the killers (2004)
By Sugar Shelly 882
From beginning to end, The Killers debut release, Hot Fuss, is quality. In addition to the tracks released as singles that received heavy radio play (Mr Brightside, Somebody Told Me, All These Things that I have done, Smile Like You Mean It), the rest of the album is on the same level as the household name chart toppers.
The opening track, “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine” is the perfect opening selection that introduces the listener to the bands signature sounds: the addictive synth pop reminiscent of 80s new wave, the rhythmic bass that drives the song the same way a lead guitar would, danceable (and under appreciated) drum work and vocals, dark but catchy, think sensual arrogance that drips sexy through the entire album.
“Jenny” has become a fan and band favorite, a live set staple, often as one of the encores performed by the band at live shows.
Other notable “lesser known” moments include “On Top” & “Change Your Mind” and the deluxe and European releases include three incredibly strong and memorable tracks: “Glamorous Indie Rock n Roll”, “The Ballad of Michael Valentine”, and “Under the Gun”.
There are theories that Hot Fuss was written in a style similar to a concept album. The best known and the only one confirmed by the band is affectionately known as the “Murder Trilogy”, a story of lust, infatuation and tragedy told in three parts: (1. “Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf” (does not appear on Hot Fuss, released on “Sawdust”, a b-sides and previously unreleased collection in 2007. 2. Midnight Show (track 10 on Hot Fuss) and “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine” (Hot Fuss opening track).
Hot Fuss lacks nothing. One could argue that the first 5 tracks of the album are so strong and received so much attention that the second half of the album is overlooked. Don’t make that mistake.
If you haven’t become acquainted with the essential debut album from the Las Vegas based foursome, the record is a memorable must.