Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" is a song from The Killers' album Hot Fuss US limited edition version and in the UK and Australia, where it replaces "Change Your Mind". The single was released only as a promotional single in the UK. Due to its popularity among fans, it became a regular number in the setlist until the end of the Sam's Town arena tour.
The song has resulted in much misunderstanding; the lyrics are an ironic take on Hipster culture. Flowers told Time Out Chicago in 2009, "There's so much snobbery. You go through high school and all the paranoia and crap that goes with that. It's bullshit. I just didn't want to be like that. We like big songs and we're going to embrace it."
A re-recorded version of the song is featured on The Killers' compilation album Sawdust.
Although not officially a single in the U.S., the song did reach #16 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart (equaling #116 on the main Billboard Hot 100 chart) and #71 on the Billboard Pop 100.
Brandon Flowers stated in a Rolling Stone interview that this song is his least favorite Killers song, and he "wants to crawl under a rock" when he hears the song. However, in a recent comeback show in London's 'Scala', The Killers played the tune live for the first time in four years, since the earlier legs of the Sam's Town Tour. The following day, The Killers opened with "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" during their headlining act at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London.
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