Brandon Flowers was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone while promoting his forthcoming solo album. The Desired Effect. During the discourse, The Killers' frontman addressed comments he made regarding his band's 2006 album, Sam's Town, which lead to a specific remark targeted at Kanye West. Enjoy the segment below and head to Rolling Stone for the full interview.
Before it came out, you called it "one of the best albums in the past 20 years."
Yeah, that was another one. I can still see it: I was standing in my driveway in Henderson, Nevada, doing an interview. And I remember those words coming out of my mouth. I didn't know it was going to be so controversial. I was just excited! You know, recently I saw Ian McCulloch [from Echo and the Bunnymen] said "The Killing Moon" is the greatest song of all time, because he loves that song and he's proud of it. I understand why he said that. It might not be the best song of all time, but it's a great song! And he's a badass, and he just loves it, and he's proud of it. And that was how I felt. I was so excited about it, and it ended up backfiring. [Laughs] I put my foot in my mouth quite a bit in the early days.
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Like in 2006, when you said Kanye West “makes me ill”?
Yeah, that one’s tough. Everyone’s afraid to say anything contrary to him being a genius. It’s crazy, man! And it’s frustrating. I’m not going to tear him down, but I will say I find that to be frustrating. [Laughs] That’s my stance on it. A lot of people might agree with me now. I may have been a little bit ahead of my time. But I think he wants to be good. I think he wants to be great, and that’s something that we all want to strive for. We’ve just got different roads of getting there, I guess.