The Noisettes Give Brandon Flowers Some Extra Ornamentation

Mar 27th, 2009 // 13 Comments


Yesterday the Noisettes—and a few extra instrumentalists—took to Radio 1′s Live Lounge, and they paid the studio’s entry fee of One Cover Of A Notable Track with a chiming version of the Killers‘ “When You Were Young.” I generally object to songs being gender-flipped lyrically when the sin , but there’s something about the arrangement of this particular track, and the infectious way Shingai Shoniwa turns the song’s main riff into a series of “la-la-la”ing, that makes me overlook this crime a bit. Those of you who need a refresher course on the original can hear it after the jump.



I know a few people who are trying to start a “Sam’s Town wasn’t that bad” movement. I dunno, though. This song is actually pretty good, and “Read My Mind” has aged quite well over the past three years—but when you get to “The River Is Wild,” the whole theory falls apart a bit.

The Noisettes cover ‘When You Were Young’ by The Killers in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge [YouTube]
The Killers – When You Were Young [Dailymotion]

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  1. sicksteanein

    I don’t know “Sam’s Town” that well but When You Were Young and Read My Mind are my two fave Killer’s singles these days.

  2. mexiback

    I prefer Sam’s Town over the first one, so, whatever.

  3. Nunya B

    I do like that the Noisettes seem to be making it this time around (their new single is brill)- this should totally be a future B-side.

  4. Weezy F Baby

    I’m on the Sam’s Town boat. That title track is fucking great.

  5. ds

    Done the impossible: taken the white out of The Killers. Wow, awesome.

  6. Dana's Got A Gun

    @mexiback: Yeah, Sam’s Town isn’t perfect, but the good moments are far and away superior to any of the dull singles of . . .uh, that first one.

  7. Dana's Got A Gun

    @mexiback: Yeah, Sam’s Town isn’t perfect, but the good moments are far and away superior to any of the dull singles of . . .uh, that first one.

  8. Dana's Got A Gun

    @mexiback: Yeah, Sam’s Town isn’t perfect, but the good moments are far and away superior to any of the dull singles of . . .uh, that first one.

  9. Dana's Got A Gun

    @mexiback: Yeah, Sam’s Town isn’t perfect, but the good moments are far and away superior to any of the dull singles of . . .uh, that first one.

  10. Dana's Got A Gun

    @mexiback: Yeah, Sam’s Town isn’t perfect, but the good moments are far and away superior to any of the dull singles of . . .uh, that first one.

  11. Dana's Got A Gun

    @mexiback: Yeah, Sam’s Town isn’t perfect, but the good moments are far and away superior to any of the dull singles of . . .uh, that first one.

  12. Dana's Got A Gun

    @mexiback: Yeah, Sam’s Town isn’t perfect, but the good moments are far and away superior to any of the dull singles of . . .uh, that first one.

  13. dreamsneverend

    I agree… I still rock out the “When You Were Young” video in the club more than anything off the first album… plus I cant help playing it on Guitar Hero 3 at home from time to time :D

    “Sam’s Town” will get better in the years to come….but will it be like Weezer’s “Pinkerton”… adored only after years of marinating?

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