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"We’ve been embraced in Britain in a way that I’ll never understand, and it’s such a wonderful thing. But over here [in America], people are still so obsessed with Led Zeppelin and Nirvana, those sorts of bands, that nobody else is allowed [to grow]. It’s not just us; there are a lot of great bands that have been held down or confined by the influence of these people that we’ve put up on pedestals. I’m tired of it, you know? I just want to knock them all off! And people don’t like that attitude. It’s almost like they don’t believe that it’s possible that anybody else can be the real deal."

- The Killers' Brandon Flowers tells Entertainment Weekly

[Image via WENN.]

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  1. 1

    reminds me of the movie singles…"that's ok because we were loved in Belgium and in Italy!!!"


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  3. 3

    what is he talking about??? how can he compare his band 'the killers' to them anyway…he's more pop than rock or grunge.

  4. 4

    I live in America and I ♥ them. I am obsessed with them. I'm actually going to see them in concert and cannot wait.

  5. 5

    old news, perez. i talked about this on my podcast LAST week to be exact.

  6. 6

    he looks alot like ben affleck in that pic…

  7. 7

    Tell it like it is, buddy! You know it! THE KILLERS RULE!

  8. 8

    these guys will never compare to Led Zepplin or Nirvana…or any of those ROCK bands….cuz these guys are NOT ROCK!!!! i put the killers in the same category as the fuckin jonas brothers!! LAME!!!!!!!

  9. 9

    He does make sense.

  10. 10

    OMJ! I TOTTALY AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 11

    he's absolutely right

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  13. 13

    Re: ChristinaBeaner

  14. Funzo says – reply to this


    hey brandon flowers, shut your cake hole. the killers are lame, boring, and annoying. don't forget, the worst kind of techno, and garbage like avril lavigne is super popular in europe and doesn't catch on in north america.

  15. JJo says – reply to this


    Isn't it a little odd that he mentions that they are embrassed in Britain and he doesn't understand this…sounds openly shocked that they love them so much but then criticizes the fact that US doesn't. Sounds like he is talking out of both sides of his ass

  16. 16

    I'd fucking embrace him any day, i'm obsessed with him.
    I'm gonna see him in concert every time he comes to ireland, I can't wait to see him this summer.

    Re: ChristinaBeaner – You clearly lack in taste and hearing, i hope it's cuz you're deaf…if not then you have no excuse

  17. 17

    Omg, where did perez get that pic of him btw???
    I'd love one like that that's not all defaced with his stupid doodles

  18. 18

    this guy is a fucking tool

  19. 19

    ohhh poor Brandon. he STARVES for RECOGNIZION. maybe if they do something more in the SUBLIME AND HISTORIC side, they would achieve some status more than a couple of succesful singles that nobody will remember in 1 year…
    they're too much of posers . no different than many many these days.

  20. 20

    He is right ! I love him ha

  21. 21

    Oh my, The Killers sucks, their music is shit.

    Gtfo bitch

  22. 22

    He just got WAY less attractive to me….

  23. 23

    Re: ChristinaBeaner – OMG, sit down before you hurt yourself. It's called EVOLUTION honey, rock music is nowhere near the same as it was in the Zepplin or Nirvana eras. Just like everything else on this earth, ROCK MUSIC EVOLVES. If you don't like The Killers, DON"T LISTEN TO THEM, pull out your Zepplin records and Nirvana CD's. But to put your lame 2 cents about the kind of music they make is narrow minded and weak. They are an awesome band, there is no doubt about that. Good music is good music, I dont give a rats ass if YOU put them in the same category as the Jonas Brothers.

  24. 24

    Re: JJo – Embraced. NOT "embrassed "

  25. Mark says – reply to this


    Can you spell iconoclast?

  26. 26

    im sorry, but your crappy music doesnt even come close to nirvana or led zepplin.

    keep spewing out your artsy fartsy crap, and youll keep getting what you got.

  27. 27

    I like the Killers, but they will just never compare to Led Zeppelin. That doesn't mean I won't listen to them, though. I've always thought Nirvana was overrated because of the whole Kurt Cobain thing, if he hadn't died no one would really care about them anymore. I'm going to get flamed for that but whatever… And I mean no disrespect to Kurt Cobain either… just how it works in with music.

  28. 28

    I like them, but he's making me like them less and less every day. He talks out of his ass! He's not the sort of rock that I love from the 70's and 80's, but his music would be a lot better, if he just shut his mouth.

  29. 29

    good for him! take a stand. the world needs to move on already.

  30. 30

    It is because your music sucks! Your lyrics make no damn sense they are just words put together that have noo meaning! BTW BF too many people love your shitty band and it makes me wanna puke.

  31. 31

    Re: XTinkerbellX – artsy fartsy crap only sounds good to queers

  32. 32

    Re: kaykay85 – theyre 3 chord artsy fartsy songs are not even close to what zepplin did.

  33. 33

    check out the killers with Roxanna Cella

  34. 34

    I agree. But their last album sucked.

  35. 35

    What a BABE.

  36. 36

    That quote is from 2 weeks ago….seriously what the fuck. Get your head out of the disney clouds and Miss America Bullshit

  37. 37

    He knows what he's talking about. In Britain The Killers ARE classed as an iconic rock band. Britain has much more of a music culture, and it shows.
    As for this quote he's not saying he thinks he's better than those bands, he's saying he wants Americans to open up to his music and give his band a chance of living up to everything the British know they are.

  38. 38

    He can't expect his band to be legendary overnight. When a bands music stands on its own over TIME, that's what really matters. This is just some Kanye West shit, people that are legends in their own mind and think that the rest of the world just doesn't get it. You have to EARN that. Nirvana wasn't even that great, they just helped usher in a "new" style to the mainstream. The ONLY reason that Cobain is semi-iconic is because he killed himself. If he'd lived, people would have grown to hate him and he'd be on the newest season of Rock of Love. Believe iiit!

  39. 39

    Because you are NOTHING like those bands. Your music is more pop, and your lyrics have no substance. You keep wearing your glitorama shit and you think you are freaking Ziggy Stardust and in fact you are more like Liberace. You have no substance and your ego is really starting to irritate me. If you are that dim that you cannot see what really IS the difference between bands like Nirvana or Led Zepellin and yourself, please at least be smart enough to keep it to yourself. You are dangerously close to be as irritating and egotistical as Kanye and that is saying something. People will adore you when and if they have a reason to. Right now they don't.

  40. 40

    whatever, douchebag….then stay in Britain.

  41. 41

    Re: KEEFER
    Omg, it sounds good to me!!
    That must mean I am a homosexual!!!
    You are ever so witty

  42. 42

    Brandon can say or so no wrong, The Killers kick ass! And Brandon is one HOT MORMON!

  43. UGH! says – reply to this


    He makes a very strong point. Sure, his music can not even be put in the same category as the bands he mentioned, but it's not even about that. It's about other bands, whatever genre, not being able to be recognized because of past musicians/bands being put on these pedestals … Some which don't even deserve to be there!! Just like #27 said in regards to Nirvana/Cobain!! Kudos!!!

  44. 44

    Re: StupidBitchesNeedsToLearn – lol right. that fug guy is a douche

  45. 45

    Super Hot!

  46. 46

    Re: UrMajestyMsG – What do ya say we just get nude???????? LOL :o )

  47. 47

    Re: Natedizzle


  48. 48

    Oh yes Brandon…..it must be all those spots on the U.S. charts currently filled by Led Zeplin and Nirvana that are hlding you back. I mean the top ten songs over here are ALL from Zeplin and Nirvana.

  49. 49

    he was a part of the big 80s new wave come back and blew up and then they made "sam's town" and off they went. he's sort of right, however, we are at a pass where a lot of the major foundations have been laid and all people can do is build on that and find ways to renew. either way, I will always have a soft spot for his band.

  50. 50

    I’m a fan of The Killers, Led Zepplin and Nirvana. All three are totally different, but all three are amazing.

  51. 51

    you're damn right - I don't like that fucking attitude.
    It's all about him wanting to get more famous and apparently us forgetting about nirvana? hah. well best of luck to that sucker.

  52. 52

    Re: KEEFER – Who the fuck cares? Zepplin is not the only band in the fucking world. I listen to them AND The Killers. People who discriminate against any band is not a true music lover. You don't have to like every song they make, but you also don't have to go to the extent to say they aren't talented or their music is crap. I appreciate music, I ♥ music. So don't tell me that The Killers music is "artsy fartsy "……What the hell does that mean anyway? Fucking retard.

  53. 53

    Re: shaashiie – OMG, I have always thought that too. If Kurt didn't commit suicide, they would be playing at county fairs today. I like them too, I just don't think they deserve to be praised as rock and roll royalty.

  54. 54

    or maybe america just doesn't like the killers because only their first album was actually good. the killers aren't even and will never be in the same category as Led Zeppelin or Nirvana, so shut up Brandon Flowers. Just shut your mouth and attempt to be pretty.

  55. 55

    Ummm….where is he getting his information?? Led Zeppelin and Nirvana were cool groups with good music but nobody I know is "still obsessed with them". Has he ever even been to America?

  56. 56

    What a cocky fuck. The Killers are lame.

  57. 57

    oh my god brandon i EFFING LOVE YOU for this quote

  58. DALE says – reply to this


    Because they suck! the end.

  59. 59

    People here just don't like change!

  60. 60

    Re: Alisa-Chan – Umm….He is from Las Vegas.

  61. 61

    Re: Alisa-Chan – Wow…I wonder if you really talk like that. It would be a big suprise if you alternated every word with like or um.
    Um…he is from Nevada

  62. 62

    They are ace and he would get it … hard. mm mm mm.

  63. 63

    So which is it Brandon? I'm still waiting. Human or dancer?
    To even attempt to classify yourself within those two bands is absurd. Go write another dance record

  64. 64

    Re: Long Dong Connery – who says im not already…lmao…

  65. Kylyn says – reply to this


    well mr. flowers, america is not britain. and even if some young brits go crazy over your songs when they play them in clubs, you should still know that there are indeed brits who think your music is rubbish. considering how everyone of your latest songs sounds the same, i can't blame them. and since america is more diverse than britian in the sense that is not filled predominately with white people who think whiny music is brill, then it's not hard to see why they don't embrace your music respectively.

  66. 66

    Actually Zeppelin and Nirvana are nothing alike. Zeppelin was a heavy blues/rock and Nirvana was grunge. For that matter Nirvana can't hold a candle to them either and The Killers are way out of their league.

  67. 67

    Newsflash Brandon….you are not Zeppelin, you're not in their league and in fact you do suck with the exception of Mr. Brightside, All These Thing That I've Done and that other song were your only decent songs and they are actually on my ipod. Almost every band today sounds alike. Stop acting entitled. You haven't earned huge accolades because your talent is lacking. Everyone knows America is the hardest market to crack.

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  69. 69

    So true! Although there are some amazing older generation bands, it doesn't mean new bands can't compare to them, some people are just stuck in the past thinking it's cool not to like anything new!

  70. 70

    What a prick. You have to earn your wings before you can fly Brandon. I like the Killers, but don't bash classic bands like those just because you're not as successful as you'd like to be. Give it time and your band will get more fans.

  71. 71

    im not the biggest fan of the killers but I complete agree with him. Zeplin and Nirvana are and will always be legends but you just cannot continue to live in the past like that when there are so many talents out there now. Seeing the Killers live at a festival is absolutly amazing and Im glad they know us Brits embrace them! :)

  72. 72

    I think its time some of you let go of the past and embrace some of the new music that talented bands are coming out with nowadays. If you idiots read the article, he isn't comparing The Killers to Led Zep or Nivarna, he's simply saying you're all so hung up on the past that new bands have no room to breath.

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  74. 74

    they were one of mu favorite new bands ’til their last album… it's sucks. it's like they're trying to make a soundtrack to a gay 80's revival. it SUUUCKS.

  75. 75

    I agree completely, actually.

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  77. 77

    Re: Blind Baby – Before you start TRYING to quote one of their songs, make sure the lyrics are correct. AND for anyone who has a brain knows what that song is referring to. People amaze me.

  78. 78

    What an elitist little shit he is. We don't like you as much as you like yourself? Is that the problem? We like Led Zeppelin more than you because you could never compare. What a fucking ego on this hack.

  79. 79

    Well he's hot and all but come on if The Killers were remotely as good as Nirvana then they would get their praise. Nirvana were cultural icons. They moved an entire generation. Nirvana was as influential as The Beatles and Madonna.

  80. 80

    Re: Kylyn – It seems like you dont even have a clue about the British music scene at all. To say that American music is diverse it not something I can really speak on because i dont really know.But in Britain in the past few years Indie has been huge, although if you look at the charts as they stand I think you have pretty much every genre of music in there you can think of. And I have to say Im not seeing any of this 'whiny' music that you think the hoards of white people are so into. N-Dubz, Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Strider are proof that you have no idea what your talking about.

  81. 81

    Re: Kateedid – Why dont you SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!! You dont have to like them IS MY FUCKING POINT. I wasn't addressing you so sit down, shut up, and run along. You dont like them. And I don't really give a shit if you do or don't. It doesnt matter to me. Quit wasting your time. Im not giving you shit about what bands you listen to, so step the fuck back!!!!

  82. 82

    Re: ithappenstogoodpeople – and you say it with a photo of pattinson huge head, i mean he is only famous because of the girly fans that love the book, even the hunchback of notre dame could do his job and the girls still love him, that is lame sir!

  83. 83

    Omg another fucking comment about Nirvana!! He really needs to shut his mouth for good. HE will NEVER have the talent that Kurt had. He is so pissing me off and about to go all Kanye West on his ass with my caps lock key! lol PRICK!

  84. 84

    sum find their needz thru lyricz n musikkk…i find that thiz ensemble iz exactly what im lookn for new a revoultion of real music for the futre..agree or disagree…so iz life for u humanz.."how can they see me"..anyshitz

  85. 85

    omg he is so fucking HOT

    i lust him so much

  86. 86

    such a hottie…awesome band :)

  87. 87

    I like the Killers but come on dude why would you ever compare yourself to Zep or Nivana, they are legends. I mean your band is good but in 25 years no one will remember you guys….you dont have what it takes to be unforgetable!! Although you are hotter than Plant I give you that much.

  88. CAF says – reply to this


    I am so sick of this kid acting like he has so much fucking musical knowledge! First of all who the freak is still obsessed with Zeppelin or Nirvana?! Look at the U.S. People here go nuts for Depeche Mode. They sell out shows right and left. Thousands show up to see them in Hollywood. They are huge. The Killers would love to be them and they are in no way like Zeppelin or Nirvana. I saw the Killers 1st show here at HOB Vegas….terrible. He spends the whole time trying to be Morrissey. Brandon you are NO Morrissey. So stop blaming the musical tastes of a whole country to why you are not crossing over. It's just a story of a "charmless man".

  89. 89

    speaking as a british person,yeah they are embraced, just like most new music is in britain but i think it's unfair of him to generalise the whole of america like that. not everyone there listens to nirvana (i hope) and im sure they have thousands of fans in the us!

  90. 90

    i understand his point of view, and yes there are lot of great rock bands out there. But the killers aint rock, is just pop rock. He said his comment wrong, missunderstood.

  91. 91

    why is he still going on about this?

  92. 92

    Personally I think there xtremely talented band and they under estimates us 'Americans". I beleive there the best music thats made these days! They don't even fall under a catagory because there sound is soooo unique and ernest!!……So Brandon if your listening, don't worry! We get how amazing the music you produce is…..truly its touching!

  93. 93

    Wow.. he is hot in this picture

  94. 94

    he can not be serious. i really like the killers but not so much him after reading this. does he really think he comes even close to Nirvana or freakin LED ZEPPELIN!? they are legends. maybe if he can get his head out of his ass and focus on making good music then, maybe, MAYBE someday he can be half as great as them. ppl still listen to bands like that because their music is timeless. u feel them in their music. i like some of this generation of music but alot of it i won't like forever. i will always love Nirvana, Led zeppelin, and so many others from the past. his band has been around for what? like, 4 or 5 years? if he has as many fans in 20 or 30 years then he can go ahead and feel this way. what an arrogant dickhole.

  95. 95

    I'm pretty sure that quote is lifted completely from NME about 2/3 weeks ago :/

  96. 96

    they are glam rock and alternative

  97. 97

    they will never be better than led zeppelin…they're too incomparable

  98. 98

    He's dreamy! love him!

  99. 99

    ala maño la gente no tiene ni puta idea buscaos una vida!

  100. 100

    That man is the hottest man alive, he is the smartest, and their music are the best.

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