Hot Fuss

~ Release group by The Killers

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Hot Fuss CD 11 Lizard King Records LIZARD011 5060073770069
Hot Fuss 12" Vinyl 11 Lizard King Records LIZARD011X 5060073770106
Hot Fuss CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) B0002468-02 IN02 602498622773
Hot Fuss Digital Media 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 602498622773
Hot Fuss CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 9863027 0602498630273
Hot Fuss Enhanced CD 13 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 0602498635247 602498635247
Hot Fuss (BMG music club) CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. B0002468-02 IN02, D153027
Hot Fuss (Deluxe Tour Edition) CD + DVD 14 + 4 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICL-9021 4988005385864
Hot Fuss (Limited Edition) CD 14 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) B0005241-02 602498837955
Hot Fuss (Limited Edition 7-inch Box Set) 11×7" Vinyl 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 Island Def Jam Music Group (use “Island” or “Def Jam Recordings” labels rather than this record company) B0005491-21 602498858615
Hot Fuss (Special Edition) CD + DVD-Video 14 + 5 Vertigo (British rock label) 987538-5 602498753859
Hot Fuss CD 13 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 9883743 602498837436
Hot Fuss CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 0602498367964 602498367964
Hot Fuss CD 11 Vertigo (British rock label) 987573-6 602498757369
Hot Fuss CD 14 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICY-90190 4988005444035
Hot Fuss 12" Vinyl 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 4785930 602547859303
Hot Fuss 12" Vinyl 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises) B0025262-01 JK02 602557056426
Hot Fuss 12" Vinyl 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises) B0026979-01 602557720808
Hot Fuss 12" Vinyl 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises) B0026979-01 602567109211
Hot Fuss (mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 602557606232
Hot Fuss (deluxe edition) Digital Media 14 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 602498753842

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Mr. Brightside
Smile Like You Mean It
Somebody Told Me
part of: Shortlist Music Prize Nominees (number: 2004)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000698085 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/71471 [info]
Wikidata: Q215223 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Killers:Hot_Fuss_(2004) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_killers/hot_fuss_f2/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/59878 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/n2rg [info]

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The Killers are cool. With "Somebody Told Me" they've made one of the singles of the year. And this debut album shows they have most of the things you need for a great band.

For a start you need a great singer. Brandon Flowers fits the bill perfectly. He's got charisma, commitment and a unique vocal style. All the Killers look good, with that scruffy unfashionable glamour that all the best bands have. And it helps if you have a great drummer. Ronnie Vanucci's infectious energy powers along the best tracks here.

The music is big, bold and confident. Clearly their influences are from 80s rock but they've put them together to create something of their own. "Mr Brightside" bounces along like The Cure on steroids but without the self-pity. The only thing they really have in common with Robert Smith's crew is the wobbly synthesizers which they use as an occasional texture. "Smile Like You Mean It" swaggers like early U2, but Bono's sincerity is replaced with a far more satisfying cynicism. "Andy, You're A Star" is classic wiry (and Wire-y) bump and grind track, while "Glamorous Indie Rock 'N' Roll" combines power riffing, a big chorus and tongue in cheek lyrics. It will surely sound perfect in big stadiums.

The Killers haven't quite got everything right on Hot Fuss. There are two or three weak songs, and the production could have been more imaginative. On the final track "Everything Will Be Alright" the wobbly synthesisers take over completely for a bizarre ballad finale. I can't decide whether this is a stroke of genius or a ghastly mistake. And I reckon Hot Fuss is a terrible title for an album.

But the band does sound ambitious and hungry to progress to bigger and better things. And with good reason, they've certainly got the potential to get there.