The Killers have never been afraid of clubland, and as an electronic-driven rock band has had their tracks remixed by everyone from Madeon, Stuart Price, Josh Harris, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Pet Shop Boys, and Steve Aoki.?Gearing up for the release of their Greatest Hits compilation ‘Direct Hits,’ both their current single “Shot at The Night” and their 2006 single “When You Were Young” get the remix treatment.? In the hands of Cazzette, the m83-produced? “Shot at the Night” transforms from downbeat synth pop to an edgier electro track with ELO-ish elements and a bit of a singalong Mika/Scissor Sisters feel.?? Calvin Harris transforms the rootsy rock of “When You Were Young” to a big room stadium house monster. With all the great remixes that the Killers have released over the years, a greatest remixes album to accompany ‘Direct Hits’ seems like a no brainer.
The buzz on this records is that it?s this summer’s ?Let’s Have a Kiki,? and while I get that, I think the song is also an offshoot of Chelley’s ?Take the Night? with the spoken lyrics and staccato clap backing beat. Actually ?I Was There (Where Were You)? outshines both of these singles by upping the ante massively. Sassy diva Reyna tells a story of Studio 54, joined by her tranny friend responding with more dish. Just when you thought the song was all spoken, nearly two minutes in comes the nu-disco vibes chorus where Reyna sings like an old school, soulful disco diva. Dropping names like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Steve Rubell, Donna Summer, Grace Jones, and Liza Minelli, it?s obvious they did their homework about clubland history; based on the video, none of them were alive during the Studio 54 disco era. Strongly recommended for fans of Mika and Scissor Sisters, ?I Was There? is one of those fun novelty pop dance tracks that no one will be ashamed to have on their iPods (or dance to at the club.)
We already wrote about Scissors Sister’s buzz record “Let’s Have A Kiki” when the amazing VideoDrome video version started its own internet meme a few weeks ago. Responding quickly to the buzz, the label has enlisted a diverse range of producers to give it their own spin. Danny Verde serves up a tribal mix with a touch of retro rave sound effects (keeping it on trend with athe latest round of electro tracks making the rounds.) Olugbenga’s downtempo cabaret take seems perfect for a Kiki with capital (or should I say “Special”) K. The bouncey lo-fi mix by 2 Bears keeps the fun of the original and adds a rubberband beat to make it a little more dancefloor friendly. Leave it to the Almighty boys to take a camp record and energize without going completely overboard, this is probably their most commercial mix since Usher “OMG.” So basically, if times are rough, gather your friends, have your own kiki to whichever of these mixes fits your groove.