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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Killers Announce 'Direct Hits' Collection & Release M83 Collaboration "Shot At The Night"

Not really giving Lady Gaga's ARTPOP any run for the money, November 11 with also bring the release of the singles collection Direct Hits from The Killers. Next June will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Las Vegas band's debut LP Hot Fuss, and this month makes a decade since their first gig in the UK (which they're using as the reasoning for chucking out this hits set).

A plus: All of the singles included here are in chronological order. And who even does that anymore? Good stuff. The downside: It's not quite a complete collection. In addition to the RED campaign holiday singles The Killers have released over the years ("A Great Big Sled" still makes all my Christmas playlists, seven years later), missing are Sam’s Town‘s “Bones,” Sawdust‘s “Shadowplay,” Day & Age‘s “The World We Live In” (one of their best songs ever) and Battle Born's "Here With Me."

Perhaps to make up for that, there are two new tracks, in the form of just-released single "Shot At The Night" (produced by M83's Anthony Gonzales) and "Just Another Girl" (produced by Stuart Price).

Full tracklist:

1. Mr Brightside
2. Somebody Told Me
3. Smile Like You Mean It
4. All These Things That I’ve Done
5. When You Were Young
6. Read My Mind
7. For Reasons Unknown
8. Human
9. Spaceman
10. A Dustland Fairytale
11. Runaways
12. Miss Atomic Bomb
13. The Way It Was
14. Shot At The Night
15. Just Another Girl
Deluxe Version Also Includes…
16. Mr. Brightside (Original Demo)
17. When You Were Young (Calvin Harris Remix)
18. Be Still
**Plus a never-before-seen Killers Documentary DVD**

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  • At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    Why on earth would these guys leave out "the world we live in" from a greatest hits collection???? That song is hands down their best. Seriously, who makes these tracklist decisions?

  • At 9:02 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Pranav, I know. I re-listened to Day & Age in full yesterday for the first time in about three years, and it's such a great, underrated album. Nowhere near as good as Hot Fuss, but still a cohesive record that deserved to be bigger. I'm guessing it's the old adage of leaving off a few singles so there's still remote interest among fans for picking up the original albums?

  • At 3:31 AM, Blogger Daft Monk said…

    Spotify brings up "A Great Big Sled" as the biggest hit when you search for The Killers, but I'm kind of happy to skip holiday singles on greatest hits compilations because they kind of belong off by themselves in the box with all the other Christmas decorations.
    Happy to see the chronological order (if you're making a singles collection always imitate Discography) but an interesting choice for a band that has yet to top it's first album.


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