Five Reasons Why The Killers Don't Suck

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Every hipster millennial had their Killers moment.

These kids vehemently yelled "Mr. Brightside" in the shower, and then on the bus to school (since it was 2004, and Discmans were still in), they packed an extra set of Duracells for a habitual Hot Fuss morning sesh.

Over the years though, overweening frontman Brandon Flowers (he called the Bravery a fake band and deemed Green Day's American Idiot 'anti-American) and company have been praised and vilified for their glossy faux-Brit New Wave Duran Duran theatrics. And the band's journey into Bruce Springsteen's small town tropes on 2006's Sam's Town didn't bode well either -- though Flowers called it "one of the best albums in the past 20 years." Sheesh. Don't mess with The Boss.

The Killers released two other records (Day & Age, Battle Born), but they're pretty forgettable. Over a 12-year career, though, the Sin City rockers have sold 20 million albums worldwide, and are still touring hardcore. So we here at Crossfade give you five reasons the Killers don't suck.

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5. Their first album ruled
"Somebody Told Me" is like Panic! at the Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies." It hurts not to sing along. And yes, the Killers ripped off New Order, the Cure, the Smiths and every other band in the New Wave, post-punk handbook. But were you not at least mildly obsessed with Hot Fuss? It houses all the only Killers' gems -- the former yarn of an androgynous lover, "Smile Like You Mean It," "Mr. Brightside," and that catchy as shit chorus "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier." Whether you were 25 or 14, these songs made your day.


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