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Hot Fuss

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

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 19 reviews

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 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
Adult Written bysta_bbz_x December 23, 2008
If you can relate and really get in to the songs, its an amazing album. I can't see a 12 year old fully understanding the meanings behind 'Mr.Brightsi... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bybkgerard April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byPoppy.bath April 8, 2016

fave album!

love this album! there are quite a few sexual references but other than that the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

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