"Mr. Brightside" is a song performed by Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers. The song is featured on the group's debut album Hot Fuss and was written by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning. It was named "Song of the Decade" by UK radio stations Absolute Radio and XFM, and in April 2010 Last.fm revealed that it was the most listened to track since the launch of the online music service, with over 7.66 million plays scrobbled. In October 2010, it was voted at 9 in the Greatest Guitar Riffs of the 21st Century so far by Total Guitar magazine. (Source: Wikipedia)
The opening shot of the music video is of the band on a stage and this is very strange as we do not know where they are or what they are doing there. When the band do eventually start palying we see that they are playing to an audience that are wearing outrageous costumes and straight away we know that this is a performance and concept music video.
Throughout the whole video there are short and sharp burts of the band playing but mainly of the frontman lip-syncing. These are the performance elements of the music video. The majoriy of the shots used for these performance sections of the music video are medium shots and close ups. This is because they want a variety of shots throughout the whole video and the concept sections mainly use more extreme long shots and long shots because there are so may people involved. Its not just shot variation that is a common code and convention in music videos it is also fast paced editing and this is certainly the case in the Mr. Brightside music video by The Killers. This is because they want their audience to be able to watch this music video over and over again and never get bored of it. There is so much going on in this music video it is hard to get bored of it because when you watch it again you find something you didnt see the first time you watched it.