Killers Corralling Rarities For B-Sides Album
August 23, 2007,
11:15 AM ET
A wealth of material
that stateside fans most likely haven't heard will comprise the
Killers' next release before the end of the year, according to
frontman Brandon Flowers.
"In England we have a lot of B-sides that people in America
would never know about because we don't have singles here,"
Flowers tells Billboard.com. "So we have about 15 of these songs
that people have never heard, and we wanted to stick them on
something for people to get to have them all together."
The tentative song list includes "All the Pretty Faces" ("When
You Were Young" B-side), movie soundtrack tunes "Shadowplay" (a
Joy Division cover from Anton Corbijn's Ian Curtis biopic
"Control") and "Move Away" ("Spider-man 3"), as well as a cover
of Mel Tillis' "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town." Flowers
also hasn't ruled out putting a new track or two on the album,
which he hopes to have out by the holiday season.
"We're also going to do another Christmas single for the Red
Campaign as well," Flowers says. "That's exiting. We've written
'Don't Shoot Me Santa,' which will hopefully be available on
Dec. 1. Last year we were able to raise over $100,000 from the
one song ('A Great Big Sled'), and hopefully we'll be able to do
Still on the road supporting its sophomore effort "Sam's Town,"
the Killers are touring the states again because "We feel like
we didn't do enough touring in America on this album," Flowers
says. The outfit, which begins its next leg Sept. 4 at Red Rocks
outside Denver, plans on hitting Australia and South America
before it ends its touring cycle in November.
But Already there are new ideas floating around at soundchecks
and in computers for the group's next studio effort, which is
tentatively scheduled for a fall 2008 release. Upon mentioning
the appeal of the '80s dance-inspired "Jacques Lu Cont's Thin
White Duke Mix" version of "Mr. Brightside," Flowers hinted the
band could be returning to that sound. "That's something we
really love," Flowers says, "and that possibly could be a third
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Despite having said goodbye to the UK with headlining shows at the
V Festival last weekend
(August 19,19) with plans to finishing touring and begin work on
their third album, frontman Flowers
told us backstage at the festival that his band plan to squeeze in
one more record this year.
"We're going to release a b-sides album in November, that's a new
thing to talk about," he explained. "There are some good songs that
we've released and so it will be good to have the out there for
The singer wasn't sure of the exact tracklisting for the album yet,
but the band have build up a host of extra songs during their two
albums with the likes of 'Ruby
Don't Take Your Love To Town' which backed
'Andy You're A Star' and
'All These Things That I've Done'
b-side 'Why Don't You Find Out For
Yourself' are in consideration for the record.
Flowers confirmed that the
album will include some of the remixes that the band have had done
of their songs, but joked "only the good ones".
The singer confirmed that the album will include some of the remixes
that the band have had done of their songs, but joked "only the good
ones", singling out the Jacques Lu
Cont's Thin White Duke Mix
of 'Mr Brightside' in
particular for its influence on the band's songwriting.
"We actually started changing things around [when recording
'Sam's Town'] because of a
remix of 'Mr Brightside'
done by the Thin White Duke.
We never thought to do this, which is ridiculous but now we're
learning, but he took off all the chords, changed them and just kept
my vocal melody going through the song," explained
Flowers. "It gave you a
whole new emotion to 'Mr Bightside'
and it was beautiful. That made us look at the way we write things
Although the band are only two albums in, The Killers frontman said
he didn't think a b-sides release was too soon.
"We've just got a lot of good songs, so we're just slowly going to
grind everyone down until they admit we can do pop better than
anyone else," said the singer, he added that the collection is also
likely to feature new material for the band. "I think we're going to
do some new songs to go on there."
Flowers added that the band
had already recorded another Christmas single for AIDs charity
RED following last year's
'A Great Big Sled'.
"It's called 'Don't Shoot Me Santa',"
explained Flowers. "I really
liked doing one last year, so we've done another. Maybe we could
done one every year and in ten year's time we'll have an album of