•  
    FLASHBACK

Why are they called The Killers?

May 26, 2013 :: 08:13 PM EST

The Killers have millions of fans from all over the world. That’s no secret. However, many of these fans do not have a clue of why they were named like that.

One of the bands hugely admired by The Killers is Joy Division. The 70s Manchester band was formed by Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris. A biographical movie of Ian Curtis called ‘Control‘ was made in 2007, and The Killers collaborated by covering Joy Division’sShadowplay“. The song was included in their compilation album ‘Sawdust‘, released in 2007. Going back to Joy Division’s history, after Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, the remaining members continued as a new band called New Order.

New Order became a very influential band during the 80s, thanks to their new wave and electronic sound. Twenty years later, in 2001, the band released their 7th studio album ‘Get Ready‘, which included the single “Crystal”. The single entered the UK charts at number 8. The video of this single, directed by Johan Renck and produced by Nicola Doring, showed a fictional band performing with projections and light panels on the back and with a drum set that said “The Killers“. As you can see in the clip below, both the name of the band and the idea for the video “Somebody told me” were inspired by it.

In 2005, New Order and The Killers performed together for the first time at T in the Park festival. A few months ago, Brandon Flowers joined New Order once again on stage to perform the vocals of “Crystal” during a Manchester gig. Later, in Colombia, Bernard Summer joined The Killers to play “Shadowplay“.

When are we going to see them together once again? Both bands are part of this year’s Lollapalooza lineup, so hopefully we will witness a collaboration between both bands for the first time in the US.