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Monday, October 06, 2008

The Killers: Not So Hot On 'SNL'

Walking almost a mile back to my hotel room after losing 20 bucks on the penny slots in Vegas on Saturday—at the same casino Sheena Easton performs at nightly—I was looking forward to The Killers' performances on Saturday Night Live as a bit of a sobering pick-me-up.

But backtracking a bit, the band's "Human" was added to iTunes last week, and has faced some stiff competition from a slew of new releases: Christina Aguilera's "Keeps Gettin' Better," Nickelback's "Gotta Be Somebody" and David Cook's "Light On" to name a few—all of which have sold better, but are now dropping off while "Human" has steadily remained at #11 on iTunes throughout the week.

Anyway, back to SNL, there was Brandon Flowers, with his jacket adorned with what looked like quail feathers attached to his shoulder pads, doing his robotic jittering to "Human" and "Spaceman." Someone's still clearly in full-on Joy Division mode. And drummer Ronnie Vannucci is looking more and more like Ron Jeremy with each album.

But they were just alright. I think the big problem with this album might be that the songs are so overproduced and dancy that they might not really work well in a live setting. It's kind of like the anti-climax of seeing Britney or Steps perform live.

NBC doesn't have any clips of the Killers' performing on their SNL page, and the network is notoriously Nazi-like about removing clips of their shows from YouTube and other video sites.

But if you didn't watch the show, in my D'luvvly opinion, you weren't really missing much.

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9 Comments:

  • At 3:28 PM, Blogger John said…

    Brandon was definitely off, and had shades of David Byrne from Talking Heads going on. Not their best performance for sure. And was the synth part actually canned? I didn't see another synth player, but Brandon only was playing a small part of the time.

     
  • At 5:08 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    Steps live on tv. Not very good. Steps live in concert. So much fun that you could practically self orgasm with no touching. that ace.

    which is the real point of this post n'est pas?!

     
  • At 6:02 PM, Blogger ww_adh said…

    Brandon Flowers looked like he was twitching the whole time; it was odd. I liked the other new song they played though.

     
  • At 12:39 AM, Blogger countpopula said…

    I hate to say it, but for once I actually disagree with you. Brandon's voice was rather tremulous, but it kinda adds to his non-auto-tuned charm. I thought both songs were great! They are back doing what they should be, not simply trying to ape Springsteen, who is really in a different league.

     
  • At 7:09 AM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    At least they didn't pull an Ashley Simpson!

    And Olga was threatening to call PETA for all the plumage that BF had on his jacket.

    I'm sort of disappointed Stu didn't make an appearance. I guess they are not that tight anymore now the record's done?

     
  • At 3:49 PM, Blogger Candi said…

    Brandon was just nervous, and even with being as nervous as he was he did a really great job. I think it sounded better live then the studio version. And on the 2nd song he was feeling more comfortable and back to entertaining everyone in his charming way. Everyone was spot on and I was very pleased with what I seen. I have to disagree with all of you. I think it's only gonna get better and better each time they perform. And as for Ronnie Vannucci looking like Ron Jeremy sounds like someone has alittle bit of a crush and has been watching way to many ron jeremy porns and see's him everywhere because he looks NOTHING LIKE RON JEREMY. If you don't have 20 bucks to lose without getting pissy and taking it out on a well respected band then keep your money in your pocket and stay home.

     
  • At 9:21 PM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA. Candi Candi Candi...

    The performance was okay, not brilliant, but okay, but hearing that people think this live performance was better than the studio version is not only laughable, but an insult to Stuart Price.

     
  • At 12:27 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    John, it was not their best. Brandon looked rough, too.

    Paul, nest paws, silver plate.

    ww adh, moi aussi!

    Count P, zut alors!

    Yuri, merde!

    Candi, I'm surprised he'd be nervous, since he's not new to live performing. I've seen the band six times, and know how good they can be, so I think I was just disappointed. Then again, hearing them through TV speakers isn't a good barometer for how a live act is. On a final note...I haven't been watching enough porn, luv, to be honest...and that's why I banged your mom sideways last night.

    Adem, c'est vrai. Je conviens!

     
  • At 4:55 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    I watched both performances on fast-forward and thought they were amazing.

     

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