Hot Fuss

Island Records
Release date
15 Jun 2004
Running length
11 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Jenny Was a Friend of Mine 4:04 885,625
2 Mr. Brightside 3:44 1,772,990
3 Smile Like You Mean It 3:57 1,138,576
4 Somebody Told Me 3:18 1,533,754
5 All These Things That I've Done 5:03 1,165,514
6 Andy, You're a Star 3:14 696,873
7 On Top 4:19 759,739
8 Change Your Mind 3:11 515,394
9 Believe Me Natalie 5:04 613,704
10 Midnight Show 4:03 632,491
11 Everything Will Be Alright 5:44 542,053

About this album

Hot Fuss is the debut album by Las Vegas-based post-punk revival band The Killers, first released in 2004. The album reached #1 in both the UK and Australia, and was certified 3x Platinum in Canada (300,000 units) by the CRIA on October 17, 2005. It stayed in the Top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart for over fifty weeks. Singles from the album include, in order released, “Somebody Told Me”, “Mr. Brightside”, “All These Things That I’ve Done”, and “Smile Like You Mean It”.

Towards the end of 2005, The Killers also released the album on 7” vinyl in a boxset of 11 discs. On side A of each of the discs is the album track, and on the B-side are non-album tracks. It is also one of the last five albums, in order of chronology, to be placed in the “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”. Hot Fuss sold more than 2,500,000 copies in the first year of its release. After being nominated for five Grammys, it has since sold more than 5,000,000 copies worldwide.

Murder Trilogy:

2 of the songs on the album (“Jenny Was a Friend of Mine” and “Midnight Show”) are a continuing story along with “Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf” from Sawdust, which is known as the Murder Trilogy. The band have also said they may expand this in the future. The order of the songs is the reverse of how they appeared on the albums, with “Leave the Bourbon On The Shelf” being first, followed by “Midnight Show” and finally “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine”. In their official biography the Killers explain a few of the theories behind the Murder Trilogy. For example Brandon Flowers says “There was water involved, although he didn’t drown her.”

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