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Mr. Brightside

The Killers

Mr. Brightside Lyrics

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About “Mr. Brightside”

This was The Killers' first ever recorded song for their 2002 demo. The song was composed by guitarist Dave Keuning and the lyrics written by Brandon Flowers. It was re-recorded and released as a single in 2004.

Despite its upbeat feel, the song deals with issues of infidelity, paranoia, and jealousy. This is due to Brandon Flowers' heartache when his ex-girlfriend cheated on him while they were together.

The single went 2x Platinum in the US, selling over 2 million copies and is 3x Platinum in the UK, selling almost 1 million copies. It has also clocked over 200 weeks in the UK Top 100, more than any other song.

The single also won ‘Best New Artist in a Video’, ‘Best International video’ and is often referred to as one of the best songs of the 2000’s.

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    I remember being in the studio, recording the demo but still writing the lyrics. I was procrastinating, and that’s why the second verse is the same as the first one, but it just stuck. What strikes me about it is how powerful that song still is, and the second verse is still as powerful as the first one, every night. There’s just something about it. It’s a moment.

    - Brandon Flowers writing for NME, November 8, 2013.

    I remember making the demo, and I was naive to everything. We passed the demo out, and I remember a girl who worked at one of the record stores in Las Vegas said to me, ‘Oh, Mr. Brightside, that should be your first single.’ That word had never even occurred to me before. It was way farther down the road than where I was in my headspace at the time. But something came to me when I heard her say that. I knew I had to sort of man up, to get my head in the right space!

    - Brandon Flowers writing for NME, November 8, 2013.

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