The Killers have been dropping a Christmas single for nine years, a tradition that started when they turned down an offer from Bono to do an ad for Gap.
Frontman Brandon Flowers tells NME: “It really started from being asked to do the RED campaign,” referring to the AIDS charity that the tracks raise money for each year. Flowers added, “Bono asked if I wanted to do a Gap ad. And at the time I was feeling too cool to do a Gap ad, I guess. I’d probably do the ad now. December 1st was AIDS Day, so I said, ‘Instead of doing the Gap ad, why don’t we give you a Christmas song?’ And it’s become a tradition now.”
This year, the band released “Joel the Lump of Coal,” written with Jimmy Kimmel. The song is a ditty about a piece of coal dedicated to keeping Santa Claus warm.
Earlier this month, Flowers admitted that he was jealous of U2’s commercial success, and blames it on a lack of drive. Flowers explained, “There’s definitely a drive that we’re lacking. It takes a lot of work and that’s fine, everybody’s different, everybody’s gonna have their own road that they go down. Other than Coldplay I’m not sure anybody’s made the dent that U2 were able to make.”