Shot At The Night

Album: Direct Hits (2013)
Charted: 23

Songfacts®:

  • This glitzy synth opera is one of two new tracks that feature on Direct Hits, The Killers' first greatest hits compilation. The other fresh cut, "Just Another Girl," was produced by longtime collaborator Stuart Price.
  • The song was produced by the French electronic musician Anthony Gonzalez, who records under the name of M83. Guitarist Dave Keuning told Radio.com that it was their label, Island Records, who suggested they work with M83. "There was a mutual thing like, 'Yeah we think he's good. We'll try him out,'" Keuning said. "It's something we finally agreed with our label on."
  • Speaking with NME, vocalist Brandon Flowers lauded Gonzalez for being a "real musician." "He's one of these new skool producers," said the singer. "He's a technical wizard, but you can't discount his musicality. A lot of people do, because of the involvement of computers, but he's a real musician, too."
  • The accompanying music video stars Australian actress Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, In Time) as a hardworking hotel maid who hooks up with English actor Max Minghella (The Ides of March, The Social Network). The clip was shot on location in the band's home city of Las Vegas.
  • Flowers told NME: "It's a perfect fit for Anthony (Gonzalez). I was in the middle of touring when we recorded it and I think my voice sounds great, and that's something to take into consideration. If you haven't been keeping the chords lubed up it's not the best, so it's made me think about my time off and how I'll practice."

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