Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci and singer Brandon Flowers have slammed the current state of the U.S. pop music scene in an interview with U.K. outlet The Sun. Vannucci noted that the Killers hit it big first in the U.K. instead of their home country, saying, “Breaking in the U.K. first was great because America is retarded musically. It’s upside down. There’s so much great music that doesn’t get the attention. There’s a lot of bulls*** on U.S. radio.”
Brandon Flowers added: ”I start to wonder, what do adults listen to? Do they listen to what’s being played on the radio? You should listen to something that’s for you — not about giving your virginity to your boyfriend on Saturday night. It is retarded. Every song is that song. And if 40-year-olds are listening to that rubbish, they’re going to raise kids on it. It’s not even music.”
Flowers told us a while back what he found inspiring about his own musical role models: “People that we like, like David Bowie and the Beatles, you know, they were able to change the way they looked and give you something fresh, and we really admire that.”
The Killers will release a “best of” collection called Direct Hits next Monday (November 11th). The 15-track set will contain all the singles from the band’s four studio albums, plus new songs “Shot At The Night” and “Just Another Girl.”
A “Fan Deluxe Edition” will include the original demo of “Mr. Brightside,” a new remix of “When You Were Young,” a documentary on the Killers’ career and all the songs on five 10-inch vinyl records.
The group’s most recent collection of all-new material was last year’s Battle Born.