Killers on New Single: "It's Pet Shop Boys Meets Johnny Cash"

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Flowers & co.: Chips, not feathers, on shoulders? / Photo by Erik Weiss
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Larry Fitzmaurice

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers certainly isn't one to shy away from speaking his mind. And now the flamboyant singer has a new topic to tackle -- his band's synth-driven and dance-y new single "Human" (Watch on YouTube), whose lyrics and sound have come under fire from fans.

While speaking to MTV News about a grammatical controversy concerning the song's chorus ("Are we human / Or are we dancer?"), Flowers took the defensive: "It's taken from a quote by [author Hunter S.] Thompson...'We're raising a generation of dancers,' and I took it and ran.I guess it bothers people that it's not grammatically correct, but I think I'm allowed to do whatever I want."

More interestingly, Flowers explained the origins of the electro-heavy tune, the lead single off the band's forthcoming record, Day & Age. "It was around for [the band's 2007 B-sides collection] Sawdust," he explained. "Me and [guitarist] Dave [Keuning] are more on the Pet Shop Boys side of the band, and they were an influence, definitely... the idea I had was, 'I think it's a cross between Johnny Cash and the Pet Shop Boys, if that's possible.'" One thing's for sure: It sounds a lot better than the Killers meets Lou Reed.

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