Don't Shoot Me Santa

Album: (RED) Christmas EP (2007)
Charted: 34 108
  • With the exception of the Savior of the World himself, that white-bearded guy who bring gifts to the homes of the well-behaved children on 24th December seems to crop up in more Christmas songs than any other seasonal character. The Killers added to the Kris Kringle oeuvre with this ditty about being a good boy for Santa. Released on November 27, 2007 as a digital download, proceeds from this tune went to AIDS charities as part of the Bono-headed Red campaign.
  • The video was directed, edited, and co-produced by Las Vegas native Matthew Gray Gubler, who is best known for playing Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds. The role of Santa was performed Ryan Pardey. The Halloween Town frontman has been a road fixture with The Killers since 2004 and is known to die-hard fans of the band as The Captain. The Sawdust hidden track "Questions With the Captain" was written by the band about Purdey. In 2012, Pardey appeared as Santa again for The Killers on their Christmas single "I Feel It in My Bones."

    Killers frontman Brandon Flowers recalled to NME: "Our buddy who's an actor on a show called Criminal Minds, which is pretty successful, he went to school with our buddy who played Santa. His parents own a strange-desert ranch and so we were able to shoot it out there."
  • Fun Fact: To visit every child in the world on Christmas Eve, Santa has to travel at 3,000 times the speed of sound.
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