The Killers vs. U2 and David Bowie

Submitted by Travis

I didn’t realize The Killers were such fans of U2. I’m actually a little disappointed because I really love this Killers guitar solo. Now I can only think of  “Miracle Drug” when I hear it. After doing some more research I actually found out that Flowers was in fact influenced by U2 when writing “All These Things That I’ve Done” and then admits to lifting the bass line from David Bowie‘s “Slow Burn”. Check it out!

The Killers - "When You Were Young" (2006)

U2 - "Miracle Drug" (2004)

“When that one was cooking I was really into U2’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’. I thought that was an amazing comeback for them, and I was blown away by how many great songs were on that record. There’s an earnestness, spirit soul to U2, and I was trying to channel that. I wanted a song that stood up to those songs. We also took the bassline from a David Bowie song called ‘Slow Burn’, from ‘Heathen’, although enough time has probably passed now that I think he probably won’t sue us!”  – from NME

David Bowie - "Slow Burn" (2002)

The Killers - "All These Things That I've Done" (2004)

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15 thoughts on “The Killers vs. U2 and David Bowie

  1. avatarKev

    The Killers and Bowie. Mr Brightside and Queen Bitch, right down to calling a cab. And the stomach feeling sick/small.

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  2. avatarHarando

    Wrecking Ball Miley Cyrus (produced by Dr. luke)
    Always Gonna Love You Gary Moore
    Choruses

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    Keith Reply:

    Nice one! I’ll be sure to post about this one.

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    Harando Reply:

    Please post this one!!

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Be sure to include Can’t Stop a River by Guy Sebastian (2006) and I Could Have Been a Dreamer by Dio.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    And maybe Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake, the verse of This Love by Maroon 5 (2002) and This Ain’t Goodbye by Train (2009).

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Even Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars (2012).

  3. avatarTravis

    Thanks Keith :)

    while here allow me to post a rather long one lol

    b52s: rock lobster
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2V2h_Bd_Gg

    lollipop lust kill: ted(rather creepy)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE20ZwUyQJw

    britney spears: toxic(may be a stretch)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOZuxwVk7TU

    veronicas: hook me up(stretch maybe)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShQTEUjdBxY

    killers: all the pretty faces
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeVoGD-hzM8#t=0m45

    miley cyrus: fly on the wall
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz6XKPKmHxk

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    Keith Reply:

    I just listened to the first few seconds of “Fly on the Wall”. That’s totally Rock Lobster. !

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Some of these remind me of Tainted Love.

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  4. avatarEleanor J Calder

    Pharrell Williams – Happy Vs. Janelle Monae – Tightrope

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    Eleanor J Calder Reply:

    Hell like similar..

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