The Killers’ Animated ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’ Video Serves as ‘Mr. Brightside’ Sequel
Finally, the full story behind that lopsided love triangle
The Killers have at last released the sequel that we were never expecting to their 2005 “Mr. Brightside” video, in which singer Brandon Flowers, a dancer played by Izabella Miko, and a silver fox depicted by Eric Roberts wind up in a lopsided love triangle in the middle of a burlesque show. At the time, it seemed Flowers had lost his lithe-footed love and indeed, the new clip for Battle Born single “Miss Atomic Bomb” confirms that.
The story begins with an older man in a desert-docked motorhome, eyeing a photo of a much younger ballerina. From there, we get an animated flashback that first prequels “Brightside,” showing the Killers as a humble garage band and Flowers as a cool motorcycle bro taking the dancer on the ride of her life. But things go south when we arrive at a cartoon version of the old video, and when we pick back up with Flowers outside of the Vegas venue, he’s tossing aside an engagement ring and heading back out into the Nevada sands. It’s certainly a more emotive experience than the Killers’ hilarious clip for their new Bad Santa seasonal song “I Feel it in My Bones,” though the band’s recent cover of U2’s “With or Without You” may pluck a few heartstrings, too.