These guys kill me. I’m not talking about the weird song you hear on rocker-radio, “Somebody Told Me,” with the boyfriend/girlfriend lyrics. I’m not talking about “Mr. Brightside,” a boring weird song with a crummy creepy video. I’m not talking the better, positive, more fluid and brighter “Read My Mind.” I’m talking Track 3 on the new (well, latest) CD, Day and Age. “SPACEMAN. ” It rules. What the hell is it about? I mean, alien abduction and enlightenment? It starts with “It started” — cool, I already like it — “with a low light” — what is that? And the little Shakespeare reference (“I was hoping / that I could leave this “star-crossed” world behind”) is even in iambic pentameter, dude. And in such a positive, amazed sort of way, the guy in the narrative proceeds through life after his alteration. I can’t stop thinking about it, the way the lyrics keep changing and yet are sort of significant in different ways, like a villanelle, and if you look at them you realize the song is actually on some level about the creative process, the why and the how in life. Dude. It gets stuck in my mind and, as happens to the song’s protagonist, “it leaves a strange impression in my head.” And, wow, “they say the Nile used to run … from East to West.” Who did, the spaceman??
The Killers — am I the last to the party again?