Alright kids, it’s time for another B-Side Bios! We’re back with our newest feature, giving you a quick introduction to some of the maybe unknown facts about some of our favourite musicians. This man taught us to “Smile Like You Mean It” and reminisce on the good ol’ days of “When You Were Young”, and and well, basically get white girl wasted and scream along to the lyrics of “Mr. Brightside” at the bar. Yes, that’s right, these hits shine light on today’s B-Side Bios feature, The Killers’ lead singer Brandon Flowers.
Brandon Richard Flowers, was born on June 21, 1981, in Nevada and was the youngest of six children. He grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or better known as The Mormon Church, with his family even appearing in promotional videos on the church’s website. When he was 8 his family moved from Las Vegas to Utah to escape the city lights, but he was fascinated with old-school Las Vegas and at 16 years old his parents let him move back, moving in with his aunt and uncle. After graduating high school he worked in casinos and shops, and began looking for like-minded musicians. He also worked as a waiter, once serving a mushroom pizza to his hero Morrissey. He had the chance to tell his hero how much he loved him, but Morrissey completed ignored him. So much for meeting your heroes.
In 2001, Brandon responded to an ad placed by guitarist Dave Keuning in Las Vegas Weekly, and after bonding over a love for Oasis, The Killers were born.
Arguably one of the band’s biggest hits, “Mr. Brightside” was the very first song the band wrote and recorded. It’s also the only song that has been played at every single Killers show to date.
The band has gone on to release five consecutive chart-topping studio albums and has sold over 22 million records worldwide. "Mr. Brightside," still holds the record for most weeks spent on the UK Singles Chart at 200 weeks.
With a band called The Killers, there should be a tie to murder in there somewhere and we find that on the song “Where Is She?”. The song is dedicated to thirteen year-old Jodi Jones who was kidnapped and murdered by an ex-boyfriend. Jodi had been a fan of the band and had attended one of their concerts in Scotland.
Brandon also has a fear of his own death. As a child, apparently a ouija board told him that he would die on June 21 which, sadly, also happens to be his birthday. So maybe that’s what the ouija board was trying to say? Regardless, we hope he lives on and keeps creating amazing music for us fans.
Did ya learn something?
We’re going to end with another fun Pull the Plug added bonus. Be sure to check out this week’s acoustic cover of Mr. Brightside in our PTP Spotify playlist.