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These Killers Are Sexy

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The British pop charts have been a hot bed of some of the summer's most popular new gems. Franz Ferdinand, Grand National, Snow Patrol, Keane and Scissor Sisters are some of the bands that are vying to be this season's breakthrough act.

The Killers are one of the bands that stick out from the pack. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, this band has been smoldering the British airwaves with their catchy synth rock.

It often seems that gays have no interest in rock music. They tend to change stations for the genre's crunchy sounds, sexist lyrics and smelly lead singers.

But The Killers' debut album "Hot Fuss" (iTunes link) is an exception to the unwritten "not-intended-for-gays" rule. Their gay-friendly '80s inspired sounds are reminiscent of New Order, The Smiths and the gayest straight band in history, Duran Duran (who are prepping a comeback in October).

The band gladly incorporates these influences in its music. In fact, the group name was taken from an old New Order video.

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The Killers got their start in their hometown Las Vegas in 2002. After 22 year-old singer Brandon Flowers (how gay can a last name get?) was dropped from his previous band, he grouped up with David Keuning (guitars), Mark Stoermer (bass) and Ronnie Vannucci (drums).

The guys started writing and rehearsing songs in a small desert garage. In 120 degree temperatures heat, the group cooked up some of its catchy tunes that are now the basis of "Hot Fuss."

The album has an old school, rock glam quality with grand choruses ("Mr. Brightside"), sweeping intros ("Natalie) and infectious guitar riffs ("Somebody Told Me").

The single "Somebody Told Me" has an unexpected gay twist to it. Singer Flowers croons about an androgynous girlfriend, "Well somebody told me, You had a boyfriend. Who looks like a girlfriend. That I had in February of last year."

"Hot Fuss" is a refreshing debut from an energetic new band that is more pop than it initially looks.

August 4, 2004 in Music Reviews | Permalink

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Brandon is the cutes thing to pop onto the music scene in a long time. The fact that he's getting married won't keep him out of my dreams. He's perfect. As listed above he dresses well, he can sing and apparently he's devoted (Boo, no groupies).....and shy. How cute is that?!?

Posted by: Sabine at Mar 19, 2005 4:52:51 PM

God guys get over the gay thing. He is married and im sure they are happy just shut up with the gay thing. Get over it you arnt gonna get anyway ...he is happily married.

Good luck to them
p.s. Does anyone really care if he is gay? It doesent change how good his music is does it?

Posted by: Rachael at Mar 29, 2005 8:10:03 AM

God guys get over the gay thing. He is married and im sure they are happy just shut up with the gay thing. Get over it you arnt gonna get anyway ...he is happily married.

Good luck to them

Posted by: Rachael at Mar 29, 2005 8:12:19 AM

God guys get over the gay thing. He is married and im sure they are happy just shut up with the gay thing. Get over it you arnt gonna get anyway ...he is happily married.

Good luck to them
p.s. Does anyone really care if he is gay? It doesent change how good his music is does it?

Posted by: Rachael at Mar 29, 2005 8:15:20 AM

The Killers are gr8 , they have the right sound and image for us in the uk with the likes of razor light and kasabian , why u lot goin on about them being gay ? haha oh the wasted words...
peace out try to keep cool

Posted by: Christian at Apr 1, 2005 5:23:38 AM

yea people shut up about the gay thing..
brandon flowers is really f*ckin hot..
im lovin the killers sound. its different and really addictive

Posted by: jess at Apr 1, 2005 8:21:36 PM

I love the killers and if you took any notice ud know they werent gay there gorgeous and are all in relationships... and brandon flowers is just so sexy. N i cant stop listenin 2 em there just so addictive especially 'all these things that ive done' and 'glamerous indie rock n roll' x

Posted by: chant at Apr 12, 2005 1:35:36 AM

IS BRANDON REALLY ENGAGED? cause he is my love. he's the HOTTEST guy I've ever seen! I, ME, DEBBIE was supposed to marry him.

Oh well, best of luck to whatever girl it is. -wants to kill her. loljk

take care everyone =p

Posted by: Debbie at Apr 15, 2005 3:11:24 PM

I went to the concert last night 4/22/5 and had the chance to meet the band, get pictures, and was invited by Brandon to the after party. Great night out. Sorry, they are all straight!!

Posted by: Kapitein at Apr 24, 2005 1:53:25 AM

YOU GOT TO PARTY WITH THEM? dam.. You suck.

I need a new obsession... :/

Posted by: kahn-nee at May 8, 2005 6:49:53 PM

omg! what are u peoples problems! brandon flowers is not gay!! just cuz a guy dressess nice and had a song about a guy does not mean he's gay. he could be bi, but thats beside the point!!! don't u people think it's wrong to sit here a write oh brandon's this brandon's that! you don't know him so shut up and stop judging him!vleave him alone because it's stupid. and of course he's getting married! 4 those who are stupid and don't know it's with a woman!!

Posted by: mary at May 19, 2005 3:17:26 AM

HI! NOPE, BRANDON FLOWERS ISN'Y GAY!!NOT EVEN BI!

Posted by: tanna at May 20, 2005 3:24:16 PM

k... u all think brandons gay? so what hes so hot! it doesnt matter even if he is which i doubt! and what about mark stoermer o o o! hes even hotter!and soooooooo sexy! wanna feel his facial hair ha i think he looks like jesus ha hes so beautiful he looks like a beatiful woman crossed with jesus maybe hes transexual ha dont woory... i always call people transexual: sort of a status symbol with me

Posted by: Hallie at May 25, 2005 10:38:00 PM

i didnt say he was gay. stop worrying if he is or not. give him and i a break. all of u.

Posted by: mary at May 26, 2005 2:09:06 PM

i didnt say he was gay. stop worrying if he is or not. give him and i a break. all of u.

Posted by: mary at May 26, 2005 2:09:41 PM

Who cares if hes freaking gay or not~ hes f*cking hott... and i would so like to get with him.. haha..

Posted by: cecily at May 30, 2005 12:44:57 AM

In response to those of you who claim to be getting sick of all the gay/straight speculation:

First of all Brandon Flowers, regardless of his sexual orientation, is a celebrity. Given that fact, he must be aware that his life is being observed and judged in the public eye. So we can justifiably discuss whether or not he is gay. I'm sure he is used to it by now.

Second, I seriously doubt that Brandon Flowers would ever come across this insignificant blip of a website. And, if by chance, he did... it is highly unlikely that he would even give a damn if we thought he might be gay. He is rich, famous, talented, and supposedly engaged to a model. In other words: sticks and stones may break his bones... but he's got a lot of money and a sexy fiance so he doesn't give a fuck what we think.

And Finally, I'd much prefer to read comments in which people discuss something of intrest like the gay/straight issue... as oposed to "hes f*cking hott" and things of that nature.

Posted by: kayl at Jun 1, 2005 8:54:22 PM

who cares if hes gay....straight..or a homophobic chimp.....the guy is eye candy and their music is pure class!! Brandon you are a star!!!

Posted by: Claire at Jun 3, 2005 12:42:42 PM

In case some of you people haven't heard, there is such a thing as a metrosexual!!!! A man that likes to look nice, as in clothes and hair and things like that! He is not gay or bi, he is engaged, deal with it and stop obsessing!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ashley at Jun 6, 2005 9:14:15 AM

Brandon Flowers is da sexiest thing on da planet yummy yum yum
luv ya Brandon
xXxmwahxXx

Posted by: Jules at Aug 27, 2005 4:07:29 PM

YOU ALL ARE CRAZY IF YOU BELIEVE HE IS GAY, METROSEXUAL, OR BISEXUAL!! HE IS NEITHER HE IS HOT AND STRAIGHT AND IS MARRIED TO TANA(DAMN) SO STOP JUDGING CUZ I HIGHLY DOUBT THAT ANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN OR MET HIM SO SHUT UP!!!!!

P.S.-HE IS EXTREMELY HOT!!!!!!! IF ANYONE DOESNT THINK SO YOUR CRAZY

Posted by: julia finch at Oct 12, 2005 1:50:54 PM

Brandon is cool.I dont think his gay but they have a picture that shares another story

Posted by: Alex at Oct 27, 2005 10:26:30 PM

Brandon is cool.I dont think his gay but they have a picture that shares another story

Posted by: Alex at Oct 27, 2005 10:26:59 PM

just kiding they aint gay or bisexual

Posted by: Alex at Oct 27, 2005 10:31:22 PM

Hey ppl, listen i lov brandon flowers as much as the nx person, but he is married n soon he ll hav a kid so lets face it guys, no matters how old or how sexy WE r we hav no chance.
Just learn 2 deal wiv it.

ps. I still aint tho

Posted by: lozzy at Nov 27, 2005 10:25:24 AM

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