"Somebody Told Me" is the debut single by American rock band The Killers. The song is featured on the group's debut album Hot Fuss and was written by Dave Keuning, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Mark Stoermer and Brandon Flowers. Lead singer Brandon Flowers refers to this song as "Our most Vegas-influenced song on the album. Sin city, The Strip. It's where I grew up and of course it affects the songs I write. This song has a lot of sexual energy". When The Killers first started out, their music was little noticed by music-buyers and the media, which is why "Somebody Told Me" has been released twice in slightly different forms. The first, with the pink background cover, is the rarer version of the single as it was their first release of it; due to poor sales not as many were produced. When re-released, the cover-art sported a blue background colour and is the more common version of the single. The single peaked at #51 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the UK it charted at #28 upon its first release in March 2004 becoming the band's first top 40 hit , it was then re-released in January 2005 and reached #3. In Australia, the song was ranked #4 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004. In 2009 it was voted at Number 9 in UK radio station XFM's Top 100 songs of the decade. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Killers' Somebody Told Me is a completely performance based music video with no narrative or concept. The whole video is filled with footage of the band playing their instruments along with Brandon Flowers, the band's frontman lip syncing the lyrics to the song. It has quick takes of Brandon signing infront of a massive screen which is playing a video of the band playing. This is a very clever technique and it keeps the audience interested so its not just one continual shot of the band playing and him signing. Shot variation is a key code and convention of music videos. All of the time bands are trying to think of new ways to use simple techniques to the greatest effects. In this case it has worked really well and it is the first time i have ever seen this tehnique being used.
The opening shot of the music video is of the big screen I have just been talking about. However when you first see the music video you cannot tell what it is. It is polysemic. It could even give off a different reading to what the wanted their audience to think it is which might not be intended. It is a very bright and rather strange start to a music video as all we see is this screen. The camera pans across it and it plays tricks on your eyes and makes a really interesting effect. The colours change as the angle of the camera moves across the big screen. It is only a 2-3 secoind shot but it is a really attention-grabbing and bizarre start.
This is the second shot in the music video. I thought i would point this out because I thought it was another interesting shot to start a music video with. Obviously we know who the song is by, but the fact the people are in darkness makes us wonder if it is the band or if the are some other random people. We also do not know if these figures are shadows on the big screen or if they are just people hidden in the darkness. Another thing that strikes me about this shot are the colours. I strongly believe that there has been alo og thought going in to this. The light blue in the background contrasts with the blue and it gives of a spooky effect. To some up the first two shots are extremely interesting and original whitch i think is a good thing.
With around 20 seconds to go in the music video it suddenly changes from nightime to daytime. After all of the medium and close up shots of the band playing and several cut shots away to the big screen with alot of different images coming up on it we finally have a completely different shot. We have an extreme long shot which reveals alot about the setting that the band are playing at. We see that they are playing in a very barren and deserted area. The contrast from a video filmed at night with the use of the light in the background from the big screen to a video filmed using natural light fom a sunrise is a great way to end the music video.
Here is the music video Somebody Told Me by The Killers: