2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 10 PICK 8-ECLECTIC MUSIC LOVER SELECTS-‘ SOMEBODY TOLD ME’- THE KILLERS

“Somebody Told Me” – The Killers

Well, we’re in the final round of the song draft, and like everyone else in the group, I have a ton of songs I’d like to share but, alas, need to choose only one. And the winner is, “Somebody Told Me” by American rock band the Killers. Serving up three minutes and 17 seconds of exuberant foot-stomping beats, roiling guitars, spacey synths and thunderous percussion, it’s an electrifying blast from start to finish, and one of my favorite songs of the 2000s. It also features one of the best lyric phrases ever written: “Somebody told me you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend that I had in February of last year.”

The Killers formed in Las Vegas in 2001, taking their name from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band portrayed in the music video for the New Order song “Crystal”. And though they’ve turned out to be one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, it took them a few years to gain traction. Surprisingly, both “Somebody Told Me” and their debut single “Mr. Brightside” were not successful upon their initial release. (“Mr. Brightside” was re-released in 2004 and went on to become their biggest-selling single, reaching #10 in both the UK and on the Billboard Hot 100. To date, the song is also the longest-charting single on the UK Top 100 Singles Chart, with 278 non-consecutive weeks!)

“Somebody Told Me” was the second single released from the Killers’ debut album Hot Fuss in 2004, and though it eventually reached #3 in the UK and on the Billboard Alternative Airplay chart, it failed to crack the top 40 on the Hot 100, peaking at only #51. Nevertheless, it’s become one of their most enduring and popular songs, garnering nearly 450 million streams on Spotify alone.

The song is essentially about trying to meet someone at a club, but not having much success. I love lead singer Brandon Flowers’ plaintive vocals that beautifully express his exasperation over striking out with the ladies despite repeated attempts to woo them with his considerable charms:

Breaking my back just to know your name

Seventeen tracks and I’ve had it with this game

I’m breaking my back just to know your name

But heaven ain’t close in a place like this

Anything goes but don’t blink, you might miss

‘Cause heaven ain’t close in a place like this

I said, oh, heaven ain’t close in a place like this

Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight (Ooh-ooh)

Never thought I’d let a rumor ruin my moonlight

Well, somebody told me you had a boyfriend

Who looked like a girlfriend

That I had in February of last year

It’s not confidential, I’ve got potential

Ready? Let’s roll onto something new

Taking its toll then I’m leaving without you

‘Cause heaven ain’t close in a place like this

I said, oh, heaven ain’t close in a place like this

Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight (Ooh-ooh)

Never thought I’d let a rumor ruin my moonlight

Well, somebody told me you had a boyfriend

Who looked like a girlfriend

That I had in February of last year

It’s not confidential, I’ve got potential

11 responses to “2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 10 PICK 8-ECLECTIC MUSIC LOVER SELECTS-‘ SOMEBODY TOLD ME’- THE KILLERS

  1. When I was younger this happened a lot- in recent years not so much– but when I heard “Somebody Told Me’- the next day I went out and bought the album- great song/ great album.

  2. I remember this one. It was released while I was living in Texas. This also got played a lot on the U of T @ Austin radio station where I heard Lissie. It’s a great song with, like you said, ear-worm lyrics. LOL!

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