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Oh my. This is amazing.

When Q magazine announced that they would be releasing a covers album of U2’s infamous album Achtung Baby I was rather excited. Even more so when I heard The Killers, Snow Patrol and Jack White would each be having a go at a cover.

Jack White managed to do the usual and give the song the JW twist and the result is this :

Nothing else needs to be said really….

The magazine is out at the end of this month and features an in depth interview with U2. Tracklisting for the album is:

1. Nine Inch Nails, “Zoo Station”
2. U2, “Even Better Than The Real Thing (Jacques Lu Cont Mix)”
3. Damien Rice, “One”
4. Patti Smith, “Until The End Of The World”
5. Garbage, “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”
6. Depeche Mode, “So Cruel”
7. Snow Patrol, “Mysterious Ways”
8. The Fray, “Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World”
9. Gavin Friday, “The Fly”
10. The Killers, “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”
11. Glasvegas, “Acrobat”
12. Jack White, “Love Is Blindness”

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I haven’t blogged in ages. Shame on me. So here are a couple of things Electric is either loving or thinking a lot about at the moment.

Obviously the return of White Lies:

So we’ve all seen this now i’m guessing. It’s a little bit weird isn’t it? I mean Harry McVeigh pulls out a girl from a chocolate bar? I always knew that guy was weird.

The return of The Killers:

The Killers have announced that they are playing a one off show at Ischgl  – a skiing resort in Austria. Other people who have played there have been Elton John and er The Stereophonics. It seems fairly pricey if you want to go – the concert is free but you have to buy some kind of ski lift pass.

And this leads me on to my other moan and groan. SORRY. HERE GOES. The band are obviously being paid a serious amount of money for this bearing in mind they’re playing the top of a mountain in Austria while they’re meant to be having a break from music. They’ve rejected other offers and are currently still taking their break.

It just seems a little unfair that people in Asia will have to probably wait a good couple of years more after having the tour cancelled last year while people who can flash their cash will get to see this supergroup perform while on a supposed hiatus. So many people in Asia were so excited that The Killers were coming and playing in their city last year and were devastated when it was cancelled. They were promised a rescheduled tour but it never happened. Come on guys…..think about your fans.

THERE. RANT. OVER. Who knows maybe they’ll remember how much they love playing live and decide to come back a little sooner than expected. We can only hope.

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Christmas is never Christmas without a treat from The Killers. This year it comes in the form of single Boots which is helping to raise money for World Aids Day. Every play of this video here Starbucks will donate 5 cents to charity and you can also buy the video from itunes.

Now some people have been complaining that only Brandon Flowers features in the video thus making it a Brandon Flowers song. To be fair they have a point but bearing in mind we’re in the middle of a Killers hiatus we’re pretty lucky to get anything from the guys.

Anyway….any thoughts on the video can be put in the comments section of this post. 🙂

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The Killers have always been my favourite band since I was got given Hot Fuss for Christmas at the grand age of 15. I liked it. A lot. So much so that it jumps at almost every track. I went to the shows, saw them grow into the band that they are today. Hell, I even went to Hong Kong to see them (and it got cancelled *cough*). I’ve made some of my closest friends from seeing The Killers on their Day and Age Tour. So I guess i’ve got a lot to thank the band for.

Enter talk of the hiatus. I was at V festival watching them when Brandon said those words that made every Killers fan FREAK OUT! “We’re going away for a long time but we will be back”. Personally it was a bit of a relief – my bank account had taken a bit of a hammering thanks to the Day and Age tour. But it was sad all the same.

But then…what was this?! Brandon Flowers going solo?! Never! Well he did. I liked Crossfire as a single. It worked really well. Then came along Flamingo – half of which I liked – Only The Young, Magdalena, Hard Enough and Right Behind You are really great songs. The album got some good reviews from Q and NME. So I decided to join the mass of fangirls outside Birmingham Academy and see what Brandon had to offer.

Transfer, the support act were amazing. They had that American feel to them infused with the bluesy Jack White bass lines. The crowd weren’t sure what to make of them but Transfer seemed to win them over in the end. I even bought their CD after the show I was that impressed – Go Transfer!

And now we get to the man himself. Brandon Flowers. Of course by that point in the gig I already knew his name thanks to all of the wonderful fangirls behind me screaming his name at every available point. Believe me I was not like that when I was 15 and i’m definately not like it now! And so the dude from Las Vegas came onto the stage and started with On The Floor. Beautiful. Stunning. The fact that it’s so simple and so raw makes it so perfect. Best song on the album by far. Then we’re hit with Crossfire. As I mentioned before it is a great single. Everyone here knows all of the words and all of the actions – yeah Brandon does that on his solo tour too.

But I tell you something. It felt wrong. I wasn’t enjoying it. I felt like a fraud. Everyone around me was transfixed by the man himself. When he came over to me I looked at him and then felt really awkward. I suddenly had to look away. I wasn’t as into it as everyone else I guess. I actually felt like I was betraying the other three. I looked at the guitarists and I actually missed moody Mark Stoermer bobbing about with his bass, I missed Dave wearing outrageous clothes and I missed Ronnie’s winks as he looked at people in the crowd. I suddenly realised that I loved The Killers for being The Killers and not because Brandon Flowers is hot. I mean he totally is…but The Killers are a team and the fan girls have seemed to miss that.

Brandon played more songs from Flamingo including the wonderful Only The Young. I even managed to remember the actions – see there is still a bit of a fan girl left in me! Brandon grinned at me at one point. I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. And then they went into Losing Touch. it was different. The band decided to shake it up. Nothing too bad about it in fact it was a bit refreshed and sounded pretty good. I was beginning to warm to the show until *shudders* they finished with When You Were Young.

As soon as the acoustic guitar came out. I knew what was happening. Great. Those chords began and I actually felt angry. In fact i’m going to confess here….. I started to cry. For all of the wrong reasons. The fangirls around took their chance in the silence to yell ” WE LOVE YOU BRANDON!!!!!!!!” which I really didn’t appreciate. They are like 15. They love their Mum and Dad not some dude in a band. Anyway so he starts to sing…and the tears stream down my face. The Killers have rarely done acoustic versions of When You Were Young but they performed it at the White House and it was so beautiful and now I see some strange bearded man sat with Brandon playing it. It felt wrong. I’m sorry but it did.

I left that gig feeling more down in the dumps than when I left. Someone told me that I should look at the gig at what it is and not what it isn’t. But let’s face it guys, in the musical world of today, if Flamingo wasn’t by the lead singer of The Killers then we wouldn’t have liked it at all. Or he would have been a one hit wonder with Crossfire…either way – not the same is it?

My conclusion tonight? Bring the Killers back. And when they do come back, i’m going to the US to see them and taking my Killers friends with me. I’ve heard there’s less fangirling over there.

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So we’ve already heard crossfire which was leaked almost two months ago and now we have On The Floor. Have a listen first before you listen to Electric Shutdown’s verdict.

Ok so there are a lot of people hating it. Fair enough. I think I know why – it doesn’t sound like The Killers. But that’s the magic of Brandon Flowers going solo. Flamingo is his exploration of new areas, thoughts and feelings that we might not have seen in The Killers and because of this On The Floor is a perfect example of how Brandon’s music can differ from his band’s.

The song from the first listen sounds like Johnny Cash with a bit of  Bruce Springsteen’s ideas on America with references to dreams. The fact that it’s acoustic makes it more heartfelt and acccording to NME it’s the most religious on the album so for all of you panicking that this is going to be some mormon obsessed album – the panic is over.

All in all, a great song from the Bflo. Looking forward to Flamingo in September.

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It’s been a while since Electric has introduced you to some newer music so here’s something completely new – Funeral Party.

I first heard of these guys in one of the most randomest ways possible – the lead singer’s mother. Yep I know, weird. She is a member of The Killers fan club, The Victims and she was always blogging about her son’s exciting new band. I took notice as soon as she said they’d been signed. I went straight onto itunes and bought thieir bootleg EP and I was quite honestly blown away.

And now if i’m honest, more music came along, my favourite bands announced tours and Funeral Party went to the back of my musical mind until the other day, a familiar tune came on Q radio. What was it? Yep. Funeral Party ‘NYC moves to the sound of LA’. I got excited about them all over again and now they’ve been featured in Q magazine twice and been given a lot of space in NME.

They’ve recently played a couple of dates in the UK including Download – which if i’m  honest I was a bit of a surprise as they’re not really a Download fest kind of crowd.

So the question is what are they like? Well firstly I think you should all purchase the Bootleg EP – Carwars is spectacular. People have been comparing them to The Rapture which I guess isn’t a bad thing but personally I think there is nothing like them anywhere – they’re a breath of fresh air and hopefully soon I will get to see them live and tell you what they’re like.

So all that’s left to do is re join the victims and thank lil for her advice on her son’s band. Cheers Lil!

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After much guessing about when we would hear the first single from Flamingo and a lot of teasing on thekillersmusic.com…someone obviously found it too hard to bear, leaking Crossfire to the world. And here it is….

Hmmmm. I know you”re probably a bit dubious about this as it isn’t really what we know and love from The Killers. But it is Brandon Flowers and if you think he is a major part of the Las Vegas band. On first listen it reminded me a bit of take that – there’s nothing wrong with a bit of that..but now i’ve had the chance to really listen to it again and again, it’s a brillaint pop song that couldn’t have come at a better time. Just think, it’s festival season, the sun will be shining and everyone wants that one song that remind them of their perfect summer. Well there it is guys…crossfire by Brandon Flowers. Who knows, he may even be a special guest at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. We can only hope.

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