Hot Fuss

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Indie rockers throw some attitude our way.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 21 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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.

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.

What 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").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykale d. May 24, 2018

Emo yet electronic album

I love the lyrics in this album, and the songs are very catchy. Maybe a few sexy references in some songs, but overall good for anyone 12 or over.
Adult Written byHot Fuss December 23, 2011


CSM has overreacted once again. So what if there are "SOME" minor sexual references in Mr. Brightside? That automatically makes it 14+? Listen to your... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 21, 2020

people, this isn't 12+.

i listened to mr brightside (what a lot of people are calling the most problematic song) for the first time when i was about 6. when we go to my dad's frie... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysupermikey July 6, 2020

hot fuss

very good album, mr. brightside contains minor sexual references/messages, but it's not very noticeable or understandable to a child. entire album could ea... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Indie Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: May 30, 2018

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