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Brandon Flowers Talks About Morrissey… Just Not To Us

Used to be called the Jones

Used to be called the Jones

You know my feelings about the Killers, right? With the exception of a song or two, I really can’t take em and live? They are the worst Arena rockers ever. It is as if Brandon Flowers has a hole where his brain should be; his idea of a singalong is the nonsense “I’ve got a soul but I’m not a soldier”. Anything further from the erudite wisdom of Morrissey it is difficult to imagine.

But the Smiths had a profound influence on the Killers, as Brandon told NME: “The Smiths had the biggest impact on me. I was living in a small town in Utah and kids my age were into Korn and Tool but I was on the other end of the spectrum ‘The Smiths did so much in such a short time. They balanced this sense of humour with seriousness. With Johnny Marr on guitar and Andy Rourke on bass you couldn’t lose. And Morrissey’s voice is the closest thing we had to Elvis.”

“I went with Dave [Keuning, Killers guitarist] to the Salford Lads Club in Manchester and took pictures. We played a gig at Manchester Academy, and across the street is the same church which Morrissey sings about in ‘Vicar in a Tutu’. Even driving by a cemetery I was thinking, ‘Is that the cemetery he was talking about?’ You can walk down the streets and almost hear the songs coming to life.”

Unfortunately, none of this stopped the band from being the dumbest band on earth.

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