Hot Fuss

Common Sense Media says

Indie rockers throw some attitude our way.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

They're just so darn full of themselves!


Some subtle references to a murdered girlfriend.


Some innuendo (taking off clothes, looking up a skirt), but nothing explicit.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Reference to smoking (While he's having a smoke/And she's taking a drag.) in "Mr. Brightside." One other reference to a cigarette.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the lyrics are mostly innocent with the exception of a couple of minor sexual references in "Mr. Brightside" ("But she's touching his chest/Now, he takes off her dress") and "Midnight Show" ("I wanna look up, look up, look up, yeah yeah/You got a real short skirt").

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Something about The Killers' HOT FUSS CD brings to mind an old joke: How many lead singers does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Just one -- he holds the bulb up to the socket and waits for the world to revolve around him. Or, as the joke relates to the CD, how many hours does lead singer Brandon Flowers actually spend singing along with Jim Morrison to old Doors albums in front of the bedroom mirror? But this might not be a bad thing -- if you're going to join the pantheon of rock & roll bad boys, you might as well emulate the vocal stylings of one of the greats.

Is it any good?


Brandon has a terrific voice. Though some of the content is disturbing, it's subtle enough to go zooming over the heads of younger teens. What isn't subtle is the musicianship. Though the band is excellent on every level, there's an air of pretentious self-importance that gets just plain tedious after a while. "We're The Killers and You're Not," the songs seem to shout. To create a truly sensational album, these Las Vegas self-defined bad boys will have to learn how to get out of their own way and enjoy the rock & roll ride.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about where The Killers display their attitude. Is it warranted? "Mr. Brightside" deals with a past love moving on: How would you deal with a broken heart? How does jealousy help or hurt a situation? You can also discuss how music from the '80s has influenced the band.

Music details

Artist:The Killers
Release date:June 15, 2004
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written bybkgerard April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Teen, 15 years old Written byNetGhost April 9, 2008
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An outstanding sophomore album

The Killer's first album ever, "Hot Fuss" is an exceedingly good one. Obviously inspired by The Doors as said in the Common Sense Media review, the four-man troupe delivers. Incredibly infectious songs mixed in with some good messages, such as on the songs "Everything Will Be Alright" and "All These Things That I've Done". For the content, there is the reference to a murdered girlfriend on "Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine" and a even more subtle message on "Midnight Show". Despite the band's title, they arn't really stuck on the subject of killing. For sexual content, on "Midnight Show" there is a lyric that goes, "You've got a real short skirt, I wanna look up, look up, look up" and another one on the same song, "I've got a blanket in the backseat on my mind". For social behavior, the song "Andy You're A Star" is about a stalker. Most of this stuff will not be noticed by younger kids. This is one sophomore album you don't want to miss.
Teen, 16 years old Written byELECTROcuteyy April 9, 2008
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Very good.

This album is awesome and I can listen to it over and over again. I found nothing innappropriate whatsoever with it.


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