Brandon Flowers told the backstory of the song to NME
: "It's a beautiful picture of this woman in the desert. I think she's still alive. I met Bernie Taupin for the first time and I felt like he was giving me a little bit of advice. He didn't say much to me, just asked, 'Do you like titles?' And I started thinking about Elton John songs, and found out Bernie wrote the titles first. Like 'Mona Lisa and Mat Hatters
,' or 'Candle in the Wind
,' it's already epic."
Flowers had the phrase 'Miss Atomic Bomb' rattling in his brain, and he decided to tie the song into "Mr. Brightside
" revisiting the characters of the Hot Fuss
classic. This, he told NME
, made it "very easy for me to write.'"