The Music That Changed My Life: Brandon Flowers
On the tail end of his band's whirlwind tour for the double-platinum Hot Fuss, the Killers' frontman talks about how David Bowie, Jim Croce, and Frank Sinatra shaped his rock'n'roll evolution.
David Bowie, Hunky Dory (Virgin, 1971)
“I still remember when I heard ‘Changes’ for the first time. I thought it was Bob Dylan because of the way he sings the verses. I found out it was Bowie and it was from this album called Hunky Dory. It’s the most important record to me, ever. I appreciate that he’s still able to write songs, because even when there’s a rough album, there will be that one song on there. But Hunky Dory is the pinnacle — there’s not one song I skip past.”
Jim Croce, You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (ABC, 1972)
“Everyone’s heard three or four of his songs, but they probably don’t know they’re by Jim Croce. I loved ‘Operator’ and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,’ and I just kept hearing songs and going ‘He sings this? He sings “Lover’s Cross”?’ I just love his mustache, and he’s always got a cigar in every picture you see. That’s cool.PrintEmail