Blender September,2006 issue
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Q&A (The Killers)
Brandon Flowers on Gypsies and the hot eyeliner for dudes

Is it hot in here, or is it just you?
I think it’s actually hot in here. I’m in London where there tends to be a lack of air conditioning.

When’s the first time you realized you were hot?
When my mom took me to get my picture taken, when I was three or four. I was wearing red OshKosh B’Gosh overalls. You know red and volcanic – very hot.

At what age were you least hot?
I went through a low self-esteem phase from 10 to 18. Things changed when I started playing music and learned how to write songs.

What’s the downside of being so darn hot?
There really is no downside to being as hot as I am. Except maybe that my hotness has caused car accidents.

What advice do you have for those who aspire to hotness?
Write good choruses. The better the chorus, the hotter you get in this world.

Who’s on your personal hot list?
There’s a talented band in Las Vegas called Red Light School District, which is kind of a hot name.

Hot or not: Paris Hilton?
Not.

Global Warming?
Depends on how you look at it. Al Gore is hot.

Criss Angel, mind freak?
I’ve watched the show – I’ll admit it. But, I lean towards David Copperfield.

Beards?
Beards are hot right now.

Hot new sexual position?
Uh, is there a new one?

Hot new prescription drug?
Ambien, for the airplane.

Hot new catch phrase?
“That’s not a good look.”

Hot new celebrity baby?
I gotta give Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow credit or Moses because it’s such a strong name. I would like to have a little Flowers one day and I’m jealous because I can’t use it.

Hot new make-up for boys?
Jean Paul Gaultier started to make eyeliner for men. Once you have the beard and you put eyeliner on, you get a whole new thing going – a gypsy thing.

OK, gypsies: hot or not?
Hot! I would defend a gypsy.

What’s your fallback plan for when you inevitably lose your hotness?
Eventually I’m going to enter the salt-and-pepper stage of my life where I’ll have a “distinguished attractiveness”. But really, I could have decades more of hotness.


 

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