November 9, 2013


Brandon Flowers Admits The Killers Stole Bassline From David Bowie

The Killers/Facebook
The Killers/Facebook

As part of his track-by-track review of The Killers' upcoming greatest hits album Direct Hits for, frontman Brandon Flowers admits there was a bit of plagiary going on in their 2005 hit, "All These Things That I've Done."

"When [we were writing 'All These Things That I've Done'] I was really into U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind," Flowers writes. "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!" We hope so. No one wants to be on the other end of a Davide Bowie lawsuit. (See: Vanilla Ice.)

Check out The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" and David Bowie's "Slow Burn" below and judge for yourself. The Killers' Direct Hits is out November 11.