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The Noisettes: "When You Were Young" (Killers Cover) (Live on Radio 1) (Video)

The Noisettes have been pretty quiet since their debut album, What's the Time Mr. Wolf? was released in the halcyon days of 2007. But the band have a new album out in the U.K. next week ( Wild Young Hearts ) and the band went into BBC's Radio 1 yesterday to perform a live set that included a pretty great cover of the Killers "When You Were Young." I generally tend to fall in with the anti-Killers consortium, but this string-laden cover exposes some clever pop hooks that are easy to miss when they are attributed to Brandon Flowers pompousness. Noisettes lead singer Shingai Shoniwa changes the song's gender perspective (which is a tad annoying) and replaces the guitar riff with vocal "la la la's," which makes the song leagues better somehow. There's also a pretty great a capella breakdown near the middle. [ Idolator ]   
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Wow. Now everytime I hear The Killers' version, I'm just going to go "Pfft. The Noisettes did it way better," while my friends look at me in disbelief. This band is turning out to pretty damn great when they tone it down some. "Wild Young Hearts" is my favorite single of '09 so far.

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Can barely admit they wrote a great song here. Open your ears you'll hear others.



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'Brandon Flowers pompousness.'
Eh? Brandon is one of the most insecure frontmen around! You must be mistaking a crazy fashion sense and synth for pomp.


Dude's insecurity is pure pretension. In fact, this band's whole schtick--where they try to look like some high-minded band and then turn out poor immitations of other people's sounds--is pretentious. His band isn't very good, this song is one of their worst moments, and I don't even think this cover is all that great.

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are supra-lame... don't defend brandon flowers please, feigning insecurity probably just gets him laid..

the killers...

The anti-killers/BF sentiment is interesting to a point but I see it essentially as a reaction by some to just how significant their/his place in Pop Music has become. He's the new Bono and the band is the new U2 and lord knows there were plenty of purists who came to hate U2 when they became megastars. So be it. The Killers aren't going away any time soon. Love him or hate him, BF is a really interesting person (IMHO) - e.g the Mormon who champions the Pet Shop Boys and wants to call attention to his love for the song Being Boring. That is interesting!


No, it's painfully boring/lame.

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Great cover of a great song.

They managed to avoid imitation, which is the problem with most covers.

They really made it their own, here...

And wow, you guys really hate the killers...


Dear god, this doesn't hold a candle to the Killers version, are you deaf? And like it or not they are about a millimetre away from being the biggest band in the world. There is nothing wrong with that! For a band thats only about 6 years old, that is really something....long live the Killers and scrummy Brandon Flowers.

Nikki not going to be out to get laid when he is a married man with his wife and child with him on tour. Surely if you want to dislike the Killers you need to come up with better arguments than that. Poor.

The Killers are fast becoming the biggest act on earth and I can only applaud them for thier determination. They truly deserve thier meteoric rise as they are certainly the hardest working band around.

This cover version of such a great song is frankly painful and I actually thought it was Jamelia when I heard it. Yes its that bad.

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when you were young is lyrically decent, hence why The Noisettes made it worthwhile, but I got no love for the original..

Musical taste is clearly subjective,

but the killers are objectively weak.

the killers...

wow i'm not defending the Killers' music...but it seems people are taking them way too seriously for a band they dislike. There seems to be some real hate here. Take it easy. I think Bflow is a good guy...but he just needs to stop seeking the limelight because his insecurity just gets more transparent. Lots of musicians are insecure...but Flowers lets it get the best of him and says ridiculous things.

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All irrelevant, the only thing that is relevant - does a band make good music and provide a good stage show.

This wouldn't be a good cover if the original song wasn't good in the first place and this is one of my Killer faves.

At least the Killers don't rest on their laurels and do the same album over and over again, even though that is what a lot of fans want from their favourite artists.


How anyone can call Brandon Flowers pompous is beyond me. He is one of the best frontmen around and this is because he actually cares about how his band is portrayed. The Killers are amazing at what they do because of this "pompousness". They're not only a band that produce great music they are also icons. You'll never see Brandon on stage in any old t-shirt, he actually cares about how he looks and how he can make the audience have the best time possible. Instead of just an ordinary gig, The Killers put on a show for their fans and an AMAZING one at that. As for Brandons insecurity, i wouldn't say he was insecure in his band and their music but maybe insecure about the whole idea of being famous. When you talk to him in person he is genuinly lovely but you can tell that he is naturally a little shy. This makes people believe that he is insecure when actually i think he is pretty comfortable within himself. People need to stop focusing on his flaws and listen to the music because its beautiful.


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