10 Surprising Details You Didn't Know About The Killers

Some killer facts about the killer band.

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The Killers aren't just one of the greatest modern alternative rock bands today, but in all of music history. This could easily be construed as hyperbole, but one look at their output and record as a band will prove it to be an indisputable fact. They are simply just that good.

Since their breakout single 'Mr. Brightside' in 2003 they've been putting out bop after bop. One might call them a bop factory. They've put out five full-length albums, each incredible and unique in their own ways, with a new one titled 'Imploding the Mirage' set to come out later this year.

Enough of the fanboy fawning though, that's not why you're here. You're here because you want to know some surprising details about The Killers.

From strange personal quirks and the origin of the band to behind-the-scenes insight that might just bring a tear or two to your eye, these ten details are ripe with information that will hopefully make you appreciate an already great band even more.

So, it's time to draw back the curtain and start the show. We hope you enjoy your stay.

10. The Band Name Was Inspired By A New Order Video

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Let's start off with an answer to a question that's been on every fan's mind for ages: Why are they called The Killers?

You'd expect that name from a punk or metal band, not a clean cut alternative rock group like them. So, where exactly did they get their name?

The answer is actually pretty simple and straightforward. Frontman Brandon Flowers had always loved British music his whole life and the name comes from a music video for the song 'Crystal' by one of his favorite bands New Order.

In the video the main band is replaced with younger band of cool teenagers called The Killers. Their name wasn't the only thing inspired by 'Crystal' too, as the music video for 'Somebody Told Me' takes heavy influence from it.

As an interesting side trivia, Flowers has actually played along side New Order on stage while that band's own frontman, Bernard Sumner, has joined The Killers on stage. Few people ever get a chance to meet their heroes, and when they do it tends to not work out so well. It's a cool tidbit of information that the opposite happened here.

Anyway, there you have it kids. The not-so-mystery of the band's name has been solved.

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