Mr. Brightside

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"Mr. Brightside"
A purple cameo of a woman on a black background
Single by The Killers
from the album Hot Fuss
B-side"Smile Like You Mean It"
"On Top"
"Who Let You Go?"
"Change Your Mind"
ReleasedSeptember 29, 2003 (2003-09-29)
Format7", CD
Recorded2001 at Kill the Messenger Studio, Henderson, Nevada and 2003 at Cornerstone Studios, Berkeley, California.
GenrePost-punk revival, New Wave, indie rock
Length3:42
LabelIsland, Lizard King
Writer(s)Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning
ProducerThe Killers
CertificationGold – ABPD Brazil[1]
The Killers singles chronology
"Mr. Brightside"
(2003)
"Somebody Told Me"
(2004)

"Somebody Told Me"
(2004)

"Mr. Brightside" (Reisuue)
(2004)

"All These Things That I've Done"
(2004)
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"Mr. Brightside"
A purple cameo of a woman on a black background
Single by The Killers
from the album Hot Fuss
B-side"Smile Like You Mean It"
"On Top"
"Who Let You Go?"
"Change Your Mind"
ReleasedSeptember 29, 2003 (2003-09-29)
Format7", CD
Recorded2001 at Kill the Messenger Studio, Henderson, Nevada and 2003 at Cornerstone Studios, Berkeley, California.
GenrePost-punk revival, New Wave, indie rock
Length3:42
LabelIsland, Lizard King
Writer(s)Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning
ProducerThe Killers
CertificationGold – ABPD Brazil[1]
The Killers singles chronology
"Mr. Brightside"
(2003)
"Somebody Told Me"
(2004)

"Somebody Told Me"
(2004)

"Mr. Brightside" (Reisuue)
(2004)

"All These Things That I've Done"
(2004)
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"Mr. Brightside" is the debut single by Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers. The song is featured on the group's debut album Hot Fuss and was written by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

It was named "Song of the Decade" by UK radio stations Absolute Radio and XFM, and in April 2010 Last.fm revealed that it was the most listened to track since the launch of the online music service, with over 12.2 million plays "scrobbled".[2] In October 2010, it was voted ninth in the Greatest Guitar Riffs of the 21st Century so far by Total Guitar magazine.[3] It is The Killers' best-selling song in the US where it has sold over 3 million copies.[4]

Contents

History

Lyrically "Mr. Brightside" depicts the jealousness and paranoia of a male who suspects his significant other is deliberately cheating on him. The song is inspired by an unfaithful ex-girlfriend of frontman Brandon Flowers. Dave Keuning composed the verses to this song before meeting Flowers, Flowers wrote lyrics and composed the chorus after hearing Dave's ideas. In the November of the year 2001, the group had recorded "Mr. Brightside" along with three other demos including "Desperate", "Replaceable", and "Under the Gun" at Mike Sak's Kill the Messenger Studio in Henderson, Nevada. They handed out this demo for free during their shows in the year 2002.

"Mr. Brightside" became a popular song within the Las Vegas music scene with one reviewer calling it a "feel-good anthem that ranks as one of the best local tracks in a long time."[5] After signing with UK indie label Lizard King Records, the track was sent to radio as a buzz single and it received frequent spins by influential BBC Radio 1 DJ's Zane Lowe and Steve Lamacq as well as being playlisted by XFM. In a glowing review, NME said the song was filled with "ambition, sex, and noise".[6]

The earliest demo of the song can be found on YouTube, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci were not members of the band when this demo was recorded. Bass is played by Dave Keuning and drums by Matt Norcross.[7] A later demo featuring all band members can also be found,[8] as well as the first official version.[9]

A remix of the song by Stuart Price was featured on The Killers' 2007 B-side and rarities compilation Sawdust. During the tour for Brandon Flowers' solo record, he performed the remix version with Stuart Price during his show at Brixton Academy and has since performed it on his tour as the show closer, again in the remix form.

Music video

There are two videos for this song: the first version also known as the UK version was filmed in April 2004 on Staten Island, New York, the first video was directed by Brad Palmer and Brian Palmer under their studio surround. Later on in the year the label decided to create a more mainstream video for the US market: the second video also known as the US version was filmed in Los Angeles, California during November 2004. It stars Flowers, Izabella Miko, and Eric Roberts in a love triangle, occurring within the context of a burlesque show. Directed by Sophie Muller, it is reminiscent of the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!.

The American version won an MTV VMA in 2005 for Best New Artist in a Video. The photos that are featured on the inner sleeve of the album "Hot Fuss" were shot on set during the filming of the UK version music video and were inspired by the black and white look of that video.

This video has currently over 56 million views on YouTube.

Cover versions

The song has been covered in a swing/jazz style by Paul Anka on his 2007 covers album Classic Songs, My Way. Crossover rock-jazz artist ELEW created a piano version for his 2010 ELEW Rockjazz Vol. 1. English pop-rock band McFly covered the song as a B-side to their 2005 single, "I Wanna Hold You". Texan artist Playradioplay! covered the song on his 2007 EP The Frequency as well. Many other artists have performed live covers of the song, including American rock band Fall Out Boy, and Scottish singer/songwriter Amy MacDonald. The song has also been covered by the Vitamin String Quartet, Boyce Avenue and on the UK television show Orange Unsigned Act by contestant Tommy Reilly. Additionally, a cappella versions have been produced by groups including Wheaton College's Gentlemen Caller's and Boston-based Overboard. Brandon Flowers performed the song during his solo tour in 2010.

Track listings

Original 2003 UK White 7"

  1. "Mr. Brightside" - there is a sound effect of shuffling cards.
  2. "Smile Like You Mean It"

Original 2003 UK CD

  1. "Mr. Brightside"
  2. "Smile Like You Mean It"
  3. "On Top"
  4. "Who Let You Go?"

Re-Release UK Red 7"

  1. "Mr. Brightside"
  2. "Who Let You Go?"

Re-Release UK CD 1

  1. "Mr. Brightside (radio edit)"
  2. "Change Your Mind"

Re-Release UK CD 2

  1. "Mr. Brightside (Album Version)"
  2. "Somebody Told Me (Insider Remix)"
  3. "Midnight Show (SBN Live Session)"

US Promotional Release

  1. "Mr. Brightside (single version)"

Australian Limited Edition Tour Single

  1. "Mr. Brightside"
  2. "Somebody Told Me (Josh Harris Remix)"
  3. "Who Let You Go?"
  4. "Mr. Brightside video"

European 2005 Single

  1. "Mr. Brightside"
  2. "Somebody Told Me (Insider Remix)"

European 2005 Maxi single

  1. "Mr. Brightside"
  2. "Somebody Told Me (Insider Remix)"
  3. "Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix)"

US 12"

  1. "Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix)"
  2. "Mr. Brightside (The Lindbergh Palace club Remix)"
  3. "Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Dub)"
  4. "Mr. Brightside (The Lindbergh Palace Radio Remix)"
  5. "Mr. Brightside (The Lindbergh Palace Dub)"
  6. "Mr. Brightside (Original Version Video)"

Chart performance and certifications

"Mr. Brightside" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #40 on February 12, 2005,[10] and peaked at #10 on June 11,[11] thus making it a sleeper hit.

Charts

Chart (2004–12)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12]29
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[13]61
Germany (Media Control AG)[14]60
Ireland (IRMA)[15]48
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[16]66
New Zealand (RIANZ)[17]15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18]10
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[19]1
US Billboard Hot 100[20]10
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[21]11
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[22]3
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[23]4
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[24]10

End-of-year charts

Chart (2005)Position
US Billboard Hot 10016
Chart (2009)Position
UK Singles Chart[25]180

Certifications

CountryCertificationSales
BrazilGold[26]50,000+
New ZealandGold[27]7,500+
United KingdomSilver[28]200,000+
United States3× Platinum[29]3,000,000[4]

Accolades

PublicationCountryAccoladeYearRank
Absolute RadioUnited Kingdom100 Best Songs Of The Decade[30]2009
1
Channel 4United KingdomGreatest Songs of The Noughties2009
2
NMEUnited KingdomBest Tracks of 2004[31]2004
5
NMEUnited Kingdom150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years[32]2011
5
NMEUnited Kingdom100 Greatest Songs of NME's Lifetime 1952-20122012
83
Total GuitarUnited KingdomGreatest Guitar Riffs of the 21st Century[3]2010
9
Triple JAustraliaHottest 100 of 20042004
13
Rolling StoneUnited States100 Greatest Songs Of The Decade2009
48
Pitchfork MediaUnited StatesThe Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s2009
72
VH1United States100 Greatest Songs of the '00s[33]2011
55
XFMUnited KingdomTop 100 Songs of the Decade[34]2009
1
XFMUnited KingdomThe Top 1,000 Songs Of All Time[35]2010
1

Awards

The song was nominated for a Grammy in 2006 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, but it lost to a live version of "This Love" by Maroon 5.

YearCeremonyAwardResult
2005Billboard Music AwardsDigital Song of the YearNominated
2005MTV Video Music AwardsBest Rock VideoNominated
Best Group VideoNominated
Best New Artist in a VideoWon
Best Art DirectionNominated
2005MuchMusic Video AwardsPeople's Choice: Favorite International GroupNominated
Best International Video - GroupWon
2005TEC AwardsOutstanding Record Production Single or TrackNominated
2006Grammy AwardsBest Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalNominated
2006International Dance Music AwardsBest Alternative/Rock Dance TrackNominated

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