Hot Fuss


Hot Fuss
Hot Fuss
Studio album by The Killers
Released June 7, 2004
Recorded February, July & November 2003 @ Cornerstone Studios, Berkeley, California; Dave's Apartment, Las Vegas, Nevada
Genre Indie rock,[1] post-punk revival, New Wave[2]
Length 45:39
Label Lizard King/Mercury/Vertigo (UK)
Island B0002468-02 (U.S.)
Universal (Japan, France)
Producer The Killers, Jeff Saltzman
The Killers chronology
Hot Fuss
(2004)
Sam's Town
(2006)
Singles from Hot Fuss
  1. "Somebody Told Me"
    Released: March 15, 2004
  2. "Mr. Brightside"
    Released: May 24, 2004
  3. "All These Things That I've Done"
    Released: August 30, 2004
  4. "Smile Like You Mean It"
    Released: May 2, 2005

Hot Fuss is the debut studio album by Las Vegas based American rock band The Killers, released on June 7, 2004 in the United Kingdom and on June 15, 2004 in the United States.[1]

Contents

Background

The band recorded the album between February and November 2003 at Cornerstone Studios; Berkeley, California with Mark Needham and Jeff Saltzman and in Las Vegas with the help of Corlene Byrd, many of the tracks were originally recorded as demos which the band decided to keep as they felt they had spontaneity. They did, however, have some remixed by Alan Moulder at Eden Studios in London.

The album includes two parts of a Murder Trilogy. "Midnight Show" is part two and "Jenny Was A Friend of Mine" is the final part. The first part, "Leave The Bourbon on The Shelf", appears on The Killers' B-sides and rarities compilation Sawdust.

The album is mainly influenced by 80s New Wave music and post-punk bands such as New Order, The Cure, Morrissey both with and without The Smiths, Duran Duran and The Cars, other influences include David Bowie, U2, Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins and Lou Reed.

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
BBC (favorable)[5]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[6]
NME (7/10)[7]
Pitchfork Media (5.2/10)[8]
Q 3/5 stars
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[10]
The Times 5/5 stars[11]
Uncut 2/5 stars[3]

Hot Fuss was released on June 7, 2004 in the United Kingdom and on June 15, 2004 in the United States.[1] Towards the end of 2005, The Killers also released the album on 7" vinyl in a box set of 11 discs.[12] On side A of each disc is the album track and on the B-side are non-album tracks.[12] It is also one of the five most recent albums listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The album was The Killers' first number 1 album of three. The album reached number 7 on the US Billboard 200 chart. To date it has sold an estimated more than 7 million copies worldwide. United States sales are more than 3 million copies. Hot Fuss has sold more than 2 million copies in the UK and been certified 6x Platinum. It was also certified Platinum or multi-Platinum in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. Hot Fuss produced multiple critically acclaimed singles including the multi-Platinum selling Mr. Brightside.

The magazine Rolling Stone ranked Hot Fuss as the 43rd-best album in their "100 Best Albums of the Decade" list.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine"   Flowers, Stoermer 4:04
2. "Mr. Brightside"   Flowers, Keuning 3:42
3. "Smile Like You Mean It"   Flowers, Stoermer 3:54
4. "Somebody Told Me"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 3:17
5. "All These Things That I've Done"   Flowers 5:01
6. "Andy, You're a Star"   Flowers 3:14
7. "On Top"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:18
8. "Change Your Mind"   Flowers, Keuning 3:11
9. "Believe Me Natalie"   Flowers, Vannucci 5:05
10. "Midnight Show"   Flowers, Stoermer 4:02
11. "Everything Will Be Alright"   Flowers 5:45

UK edition

"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" replaces "Change Your Mind" as Track 8 on the UK and Australian editions of Hot Fuss.

Vinyl edition

"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" appended onto the end of the album.

European edition

"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" & video of "Somebody Told Me" as bonus tracks.

Limited edition

Features the original US release tracklist and three bonus tracks:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:14
13. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"   Flowers, Keuning 3:49
14. "Under the Gun"   Flowers, Keuning 2:33

iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus tracks

No. Title Length
12. "Somebody Told Me" (Mylo Mix) 7:17
13. "Smile Like You Mean It" (Fischerspooner Mix) 6:24
14. "Smile Like You Mean It" (Ruff and Jam Eastside Mix) 7:35

Limited Edition 7" boxset bonus tracks

Each track is found on the b-side of the corresponding track from the album. Also note, "All These Things That I've Done" is edited by fading out about 30 seconds before the track finishes.

No. Title Length
1. "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Remix)  
2. "Under the Gun"    
3. "Show You How"    
4. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"    
5. "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself" (Morrissey/Boorer)  
6. "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town"    
7. "Mr. Brightside" (Thin White Duke Remix Edit)  
8. "Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll"    
9. "Smile Like You Mean It" (Acoustic Version)  
10. "Who Let You Go"    
11. "Get Trashed"    

Japan Limited Tour Edition - Bonus DVD

  1. Somebody Told Me (Video)
  2. Mr Brightside (Original Video)
  3. Mr Brightside (New Video)
  4. All These Things That I've Done (Video)

UK Special Edition - Bonus DVD

  1. Smile Like You Mean It
  2. All These Things I've Done
  3. Somebody Told Me [Glastonbury 2005]
  4. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine [Glastonbury 2005]
  5. Mr Brightside [Glastonbury 2005]

Charts and certifications

Charts

Chart Peak
position
Argentina Albums Chart 1
Australian Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 60[13]
Belgium Walloon Albums Chart[14] 1
Belgium Flanders Albums Chart[15] 1
Canadian Albums Chart 4
Dutch Albums Chart 46[13]
Finnish Albums Chart 15
French Albums Chart 8
German Albums Chart 47
Irish Albums Chart 1
New Zealand Albums Chart 5
Spanish Albums Chart 35[13]
UK Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200 7

Sales and certifications

Region Provider Certification Sales/Shipments
Argentina CAPIF Gold[16] 20,000+
Australia ARIA 3× Platinum[17] 210,000+
Belgium IFPI Gold[18] 15,000+
Canada CRIA 3× Platinum[19] 300,000+
Europe IFPI Platinum[20] 1,000,000+
France SNEP Gold[21] 100,000+[22]
Germany IFPI Gold[23] 100,000+[24]
Ireland IRMA 7× Platinum[25][26] 105,000+
New Zealand RIANZ Platinum[27] 15,000+
United Kingdom BPI 6× Platinum[28] 1,800,000+[24]
United States RIAA 3× Platinum[29] 3,000,000+

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End Of Decade Chart positions

In the United Kingdom 'Hot Fuss' was the 26th best selling album of the decade, it also spent more weeks on the UK Album Chart than any other album, in total spending 173 weeks in the Top 75[30]

Region Certification
Chart (2000–2009) Position
UK Albums Chart 26
Australia ARIA Albums Chart 97
US Billboard 200 131

Awards and Accolades

Year Ceremony Award Result
2004 Shortlist Music Prize Shortlist Music Prize Nominated
2005 BRIT Awards Best International Album Nominated
2005 Grammy Awards Best Rock Album Nominated
2005 Meteor Ireland Music Awards Best International Album Nominated
Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Q UK 250 Best Albums of Q's Lifetime 1986-2010 2011 17
Drowned in Sound UK Best Albums of the Year 2004 2
Rolling Stone US Top 100 Albums of the 2000s 2009 43
The A.V. Club US Top 100 Albums of the 2000s 2009 41
The Daily Mail[31] UK Top 50 Best Albums of the Noughties 2009 3

Personnel

Musicians

Crew

  • Brandon Flowers - Writer / Composer / Producer
  • Dave Keuning - Writer / Composer / Producer
  • Mark Stoermer - Writer / Composer / Producer
  • Ronnie Vannucci - Writer / Composer / Producer
  • Sweet Inspirations - Gospel Choir
  • Jeff Saltzman — Producer / Engineer
  • Corlene Byrd — Engineer
  • Alan Moulder — Mixing
  • Mark Needham — Mixing

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