The Killers Say "Mr. Brightside" Is "Happy Birthday" Now: "That Song Plays Itself"

"It's waiting for 'Weird Al' [Yankovic]. Then it'll be over."

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 7, 2023

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that "Mr. Brightside" by the Killers is the millennial "Stairway to Heaven." (Try not to think about the fact that it came out 20 years ago; we are all very youthful and young.) In fact, it has become such a classic at children's parties and beyond that the band themselves have likened it to "Happy Birthday."

To celebrate the release of their greatest hits album, Rebel Diamonds, vocalist Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci answered some fan-submitted questions with The Guardian's Rich Pelley, and someone using the moniker "TopTramp" — yes, that one is regrettably no longer available — asked, "How bored are you with 'Mr. Brightside'?"

"That song plays itself," Vannucci said. "There is this reciprocal magic that happens between us on the stage and people watching us. And it just goes. It's like if you sing 'Happy Birthday' and you don't think. It's just 'Happy Birthday' now."

Flowers remarked, "I really don't get bored of it. I'm able to feed off of the excitement of somebody who's there, hearing it for the first time. I still get a thrill. My concern is that it's going to turn on us and there's going to be a backlash, but it just keeps growing."

"It's waiting for 'Weird Al' [Yankovic]," Vannucci quipped, ahead of adding, "Then it'll be over. What did I just do?"

Don't threaten Mr. Yankovic with a good time — he could get another Spotify payout-funded sandwich out of this.

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