I have seen The Killers in concert enough times to know that their albums do not do them justice. Yes, Hot Fuss is one of the best albums of all time, but the Killers are a band best seen live. One of the reasons to see them in person is their tendency to include at least one cover in each concert.
The Killers Best Live Covers
The band members grew up in the 1980’s, so it is natural that The Killers frequently cover albums from that decade. Two of my choices for top-three covers are ’80’s hits:
FIRST PLACE: Both Brandon Flowers (when performing solo) and The Killers have repeatedly covered Kim Carnes’ 1981 hit Betty Davis Eyes, and their cover is (in my opinion) better than the original. It always gets a great crowd reaction.
SECOND PLACE: Another ’80’s hit that is frequently covered by The Killers is Tiffany’s version of I Think We’re Alone Now. Here, too, The Killers version is an improvement on the original – both more heartfelt and more complex.
THIRD PLACE: In 2012, The Killers covered Go All the Way, a 1970’s hit by The Raspberries. The track showed up on the soundtrack to Dark Shadows, the offbeat Johnny Depp film.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Killers frequently cover U2 songs, so I will give If God Will Send His Angels an honorable mention. They have also done fantastic live performances of Billie Holiday’s All of Me and Frankie Valli’s Too Good to be True.
Where to Hear The Killers Covers
These and many other covers can be viewed on YouTube. But if you want to get recording-quality covers by The Killers, fortunately a few of them have been released.
The Killers’ 2007 b-sides album, Sawdust, includes three covers:
1. Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits
2. Ruby Don’t’ Take Your Love to Town by Johnny Darrell
3. Shadowplay by Joy Division
The limited edition of Hot Fuss includes a cover of Morrissey’s Why Don’t You Find Out for Yourself, and (as mentioned above) the Dark Shadows album includes a cover of The Raspberries’ Go All the Way.
Although The Killers first album, Hot Fuss, remains their most popular release, serious fans know that Brandon Flowers’ singing has improved dramatically over the course of the band’s career. At this point, he seems willing to tackle any cover that strikes his fancy, and that’s good news for fans.
Next time you go to a Killers concert, plan on hearing the band cover a track that is relevant to your city. It will probably be the highlight of the show.