Brandon Flowers started writing this song with producer Stuart Price for their 2008 Day & Age album, but was unable to finish it. He finally completed the tune nine years later with the help of Alex Cameron, a singer and songwriter from Sydney, Australia. Flowers recalled in a Facebook interview:
"The second verse was not finished and I love the first verse. I love this first verse like I've never loved a verse and so it was really difficult because I couldn't match it. And I finally had a breakthrough. I actually got some help from Alex Cameron who is a great artist coming out of Australia. And he came to Vegas and we just, we just beat ourselves up over this verse until we got it."
The Killers played the song live for the first time at the Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, on June 10, 2017.
Bob Marley has a writing credit. "I mention 'Redemption Song' in it, and his people wanted their money," Flowers explained to Billboard magazine. "I never thought I'd share a writing credit with Bob Marley, but I'll take it."
There was a rumor in the Soviet Union that The Beatles had secretly visited the U.S.S.R. and given a private concert for the children of top Communist party members. They believed the song "Back In The U.S.S.R." was written because of the concert. Actually, some fans still believe so.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.