The Killers - Somebody Told Me (Lizard King Records)
release date: 15 March 2004
re-released: 10 January 2005
The Killers were one of the big success stories of 2004 and as ever, MusicOMH.com was there when they released their first single. Here's what we said about Somebody Told Me when it was first released:
Don't ask me why, but I don't expect a good band to come out of Las Vegas. But The Killers have been garnering rave reviews live and their new single Somebody Told Me is going to add a lot more fans. It's good old fashioned rock with a musically sophisticated edge, and it certainly does it for me.
From the crashing guitar opening, electronica burbling and beeping in the background, you're hooked. Frontman Brandon Flowers (oh, really?) has a great voice and keeps up the relentless pace with a cheery tale of night club woes. Great lyrics, too - as in the insanely catchy chorus "Somebody told me / you had a boyfriend / who looked like a girlfriend / that I had in February of last year..."
More interesting than The Strokes, more fun than The White Stripes - this should rise effortlessly up the charts, and for once not just because it's getting a lot of hype. Debut album Hot Fuss is due out in a couple of months and on this showing should be one of the highlights of the year.