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The Killers are headlining Lolla and Coachella, Conor’s also headed to Coachella, they both are suffering for their recent fashions, how about a track to celebrate all that. The Las Vegans are releasing a single/EP thing for Day & Age’s bopping, alien-abducting standout “Spaceman,” and it’ll include a new bonus track, a close-captioned version of the single (don’t ask me), and this cover of “Four Winds,” on which the Killers make Bright Eyes sound like the Killers. For fans of the Killers. Not of Bright Eyes.

The source material:

The Spaceman EP is out 4/14 via Island. The tracks:
01 “Spaceman” (Album Version)
02 “Four Winds”
03 “Tidal Wave” (Bonus Track)
04 “Spaceman” (Closed Captioned)

And on the Conor tip, the Mystic Valley Band has a new one coming out soon.

Comments (123)
  1. Wow. What a fucking insult. I can’t believe they are going to make money off of that garbage.

    • Jon  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

      I think I’m more pissed that Conor Oberst is making money out of it. Get over it, it’s a cover

  2. ah this is some real bulllshit.

  3. The Livers  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    I always thought Four Winds was a good tune, but this doesn’t do it for me. Then again, I strongly dislike the Killers. They have become a parody of themselves.

  4. Michael_  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    Actually The Killers are headlining Coachella too, and there’s probably a good chance Conor will wind up on Lolla’s lineup once it gets announced.

  5. It sounds like Flowers found a copy of SongSmith, looped it into Garageband, and mastered it in Cakewalk, with the help of some FruityLoops beats.

    Utter Shit.

    • Kevin   |   Posted on Apr 2nd, 2009 0

      Ummm no one that there level actually uses those programs…just ppl that cant afford the things the pros use. But other then that I totaly agree, I mean its def. a “Killers” version of the song which just doesnt work at all, but come on what did you expect after that last album? lol what is it with this third album shitfest thats been happening glad to know that pop artists have evolved beyond the usualy one hit wonder….

  6. That’s some epic karaoke right there.

  7. Jim  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    you could have just said that they’re both headed to coachella. this cover/concept is phenomenal.

  8. themarqueemoon  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    I dunno, I mean i really enjoy the Bright Eyes original, so I’m not exactly neutral. I’m also not a huge Killers fan, but this wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected it to be. The Killers actually do something new with the song, as opposed to so many other novelty covers that bands put out. I was worried that we were gonna get some faux-Americana Killers circa Sam’s Town, but they make the song their own. That being said, Conor’s version still blows this away.

  9. lazyconfessions  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    Oh man…

  10. Shane   |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    I’m actually a fan of both. Well, I guess a bygone fan of the Killers. But I like this over the original. I also hate Cassadaga, though, as it kind of started the trend of blandness that Conor has undertaken.

    • You don’t. You don’t prefer this over the original. Just apologise for saying that, and then we can both go about our days.

    • sandinista  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2009 0

      i agree, conor hasn’t done anything interesting since I’m Wide Awake/Digital Ash, much like the killers haven’t done anything interesting since Hot Fuss

  11. Foster  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    They ‘did their own thing with it’ and it’s crap. Empty and pointless… exactly what I’d expect from having a practicing Mormon sing, “The Bible’s blind, the Torah’s deaf, the Qu’ran is mute/ if you burned them all together you’d be close to the truth” or almost any lyric in the song.

    On the plus side, this version doesn’t remind me of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

    • Black Jesus  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

      who gives a flying fuck if he’s mormon dude……let others have faith if they want to, how does that hurt you? prick

      • u de eme  |   Posted on Mar 30th, 2009 0

        because this song is about not having faith, so it isnt germane. This track is utter rubbish, sounds like he heard the song once and threw this shit together in 10 minutes with freeware recording,

  12. Bryan  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    How about a good Bright Eyes tune. Like anything before that shitpile Cassadaga.

    • Guy  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

      you’re a tool

    • Whats so wrong with Cassadaga I mean sure, it’s different from the old bright eyes stuff but so what? People progress and change, and they reflect that through their music. I mean Connor has really grown up and Cassadaga shows that. I fucking hate people who say Cassadaga is a piece of shit because it’s not. I mean even if it doesn’t sound like Bright Eyes to you that doesn’t mean its a peice of shit. Honestly I don’t think Connor Oberst could ever produce a peice of shit album or song he’s a lyrical genius and I mean honestly what the fuck like you could do any better? Could you EVER write any song that has as much conviction and passion as one of Connors? I don’t think so, give Cassadaga a chance its actually a REALLY, REALLY good album- and I’m a HUGE fan of the old Bright Eyes.

      • Bryan  |   Posted on Mar 29th, 2009 0

        Where do I start? Cassadaga is a shitpile becuase it’s BORING, which is something I never ever thought I would say about a Bright Eyes album. He’s had bad songs in the past, but never a single one that lacked emotion or meaning, now it’s like he’s lost his soul and is just following the indie bangwagon to bland country.

        • yes exactly. cassadega just drags at times. the songs are often empty. it has it’s moments — i absolutely love “classic cars” and “when the brakeman turns my way”. but so many of them are devoid of any remotely decipherable meaning. and yeah blah blah “all this automatic writing i’ve tried to understand, psychedelic angel keeps tugging on my hand”; perhaps demanding meaning from a song is something square and antique, but when someone adopts a post-modern stance simply because they’ve lost a fire they once had to create something that really meant something to everyone, and something different to everyone…that’s just weak.

          i remember caring about conor like he was a brother. i would listen to his records and always feel like he was half a step ahead of my own experience, figuring things out and asking questions that i was almost at, and generally helping me along, with a level of maturity slightly above my own, but always relatably close. i would look at him in 2003, so ripped to pieces by human stupidity, so angry and distraught and i used to worry that my older brother was going to go insane or overdose or kill himself, that he was so concerned about everything that he would collapse; he would be a martyr for the sins of my generation, because he couldn’t help but take everything so seriously. and i loved him for that, because he alone seemed to have the courage and the insight and poet’s perspective to really diagnose the problems that go on around us. and he never let himself off the hook either; he never preached.

          and maybe he found peace with himself and the world and i’m happy for him. but his music means very little to me, except for the occasional, minor pleasures of a line like “never trust a heart so bent it can’t break”. now i just feel like i’m sitting through the late 60′s-early 70′s, waiting for “blood on the tracks”.

          and the killers version? there’s nothing there. it’s karaoke. the music has nothing that hooks at all.

          • Dave  |   Posted on Apr 8th, 2009 0

            bayleyasher said: “i remember caring about conor like he was a brother.” and “i would look at him in 2003, so ripped to pieces by human stupidity, so angry and distraught and i used to worry that my older brother was going to go insane or overdose or kill himself, that he was so concerned about everything that he would collapse; he would be a martyr for the sins of my generation,”

            Conor is talented, but wow… you need to get a fucking life.

  13. dear god  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    its as bad as i expected

  14. seth  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    does anyone know how the killers ever slipped through the cracks and became interesting enough to get coverage on stereogum, pfork, etc? i remember always hating them. when were they good?

    i’m being totally serious, too.

  15. tom ato  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    I’ve been hating the killers since i saw the crystal video and thought, ‘There will be a band called the killers for real one day and I’m going to hate them.’

  16. Man, Stuart Price doesn’t let anything keep from steamrolling ahead with his sound, does he?

    And I, you know, like these guys. And this song.

  17. Yeah, truly cringeworthy. And from a band who did such a brilliant cover of Dire Straits ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Afraid they lost their edge somewhere along the way …

  18. This is awful….maybe I’ll grow to love it like I did the original. Wait a minute, no I won’t.

    {Goes back to masturbating and listening to Godspeed.}

  19. clark  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    This confuses me….

  20. TtotheK  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    What the FOLK?

  21. I’m a fan of both, but this just doesn’t work. Conor’s lyricism doesn’t fit with the Killers’ synthy style. When Conor swells on the line “but when great Satan’s gone…” and the Killers just keep the exact same beat, you know it’s not good.

  22. Steven  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    Oberst sucks anyway! I’m mad that The Killers covered that faggot.

  23. If they’d gone a little more with the Sam’s Town vibe, this could be a decent sort-of-epic song. The D&A approach is fail.

  24. kevin  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    this is like when junior puts on daddys oversized work shoes and everone sees it and says “how cute.”
    nice try killers.;

    -kevin of basquiatthinksimcool.blogspot.com

  25. Cameron Brilla  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    Huge fan of Conor and I love this song.
    As for the Killers.. lack of originality in it’s finest.

  26. That One  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    Okay, did any else almost shoot coffee through their nose when Flowers tries his hand at the “It Breaks!!!” yelp/scream. Good stuff, good stuff…

    By far the worst part about this is the amount of kids who will download this track with their iTunes gift card that they just got for their 17th birthday, and say “Holy shit! That Brandon Flowers is one incredible writer!”

    • OR, they will find out it’s by Bright Eyes and buy the original song and become fans. it does clearly say on the youtube video- “the Killers cover Bright Eyes.” If anything this was a good deed from the Killers. They’re introducing their fan base to an underrated song by a talented songwriter. By the way, this is the Killers’ first ever cover of a band from their generation.

      • All the little emo kids already know who Bright Eyes are. Trust me. (Nothing against Bright Eyes, they’re fantastic, but I know for a fact that emo kids love them.)

    • You are SO right that it hurts

  27. lily  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    Well that’s four minutes of my life I’ll never have back. Hell, I think Microsoft Songsmith could have done better.

    Despite thinking this cover was horrendous, I have to admit it’s kind of amusing hearing Bright Eyes done by someone with a smooth voice. But I’d take Conor Oberst’s crackling wail over Brandon Flowers any day.

  28. Ichi ni sanchez  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    Who cares if you like it or not? I’d rather go though my day having witnessed a train wreck than some mediocre cover band. Enjoy the awful because it makes you appreciate the good even more.

  29. Jack  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    Brandon re-writes the song Mr. Brigtside as a love balled to Connor, dubbing it Mr. Bright Eyes.

    In the year 2000.

  30. alex  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    I’m a huge fan of both bands and I’m just going to say I find this terrible.

  31. EvanD  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    I too am a fan of both bands. I hate this.

  32. AS FAR as i remember The Kilers were never good enough, so why to be right now?

  33. moowowcow  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2009 0

    fuckin’ thing sucks.

  34. i cant beat off to this!

  35. Conor Oberst is spitting out his vodka somewhere.

    • He has to have consented if it’s released on the single…

      • Copyright Law  |   Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009 0

        Actually, you never need a songwriter’s permission to record and release their song unless it’s never been previously released. EVER. Conor didn’t have to consent to shit.

        • massromantic  |   Posted on Apr 4th, 2009 0

          the only time the songwriter doesn’t have to give permission is if they’ve already sold the rights to someone else.

          if the label owns 51% of the rights of his song or greater, and they’re both on the same label, then that would also possibly be a situation in which they wouldn’t need conor’s consent.

          but just because he’s released it already, that doesn’t mean they can cover it without consent. it’s almost exactly the opposite of what you wrote, “copyright law”…

          even if the killers are just playing it in concert, especially if they aren’t giving him full writing credits right there on the stage, conor can rightfully sue them, whether or not it’s even been recorded.

          without explicit consent, them covering this song is a reproductive rights issue, an intellectual rights issue, and probably a performance rights issue.

          there may be minor differences between copyright law in the US and copyright law in canada [which is what i'm referencing], but i’m almost positive your statement is completely wrong.

          i’m interested to see your references though, and learn more about the basis of your statement.

          • Copyright Law  |   Posted on Apr 7th, 2009 0

            “In other instances, the (Copyright) Act removes certain reproductions, performances, and displays from the copyright owner’s exclusive control and substitutes a “compulsory licensing” scheme. This compromise provision permits certain uses of the copyrighted work without the copyright owner’s consent, but requires the user to adhere to statutory formalities, and to pay specified fees to the copyright owner. The most important and longstanding example relates to making recordings of nondramatic musical works. The current statute provides that once the copyright owner of a nondramatic musical composition has authorized distribution to the public in the United States of a “phonorecord” embodying the composition, another producer may make and distribute phonorecords of the composition to the public. The compulsory licensee may not, without authorization, simply duplicate a preexisting recording; it must produce an independent sound recording with its own musical performers and arrangement.”

            Copyright Cases and Materials, 7th Edition, Robert A. Gorman and Jane C. Ginsburg

    • Kayla Martin  |   Posted on Apr 1st, 2009 0

      lol you mean his PBR

  36. I am a fan of both and actually like the cover. Sorry if this offends anyone.

  37. tatyana  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2009 0

    coool i like this better
    but who cares ha ha

  38. the killers, the bravery, air born toxic event, blue october, they kinda all suck. but so do other bands… pay no mind. by you bogging this just encourages them to keep making music.. don’t buy their records, don’t listen to them. ignore them, they will go away. this shit is like a sand storm, just close your eyes, hold your breath and prey for it to be over.

  39. beans  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2009 0

    the.worst.

  40. yojeezy  |   Posted on Mar 29th, 2009 0

    this is total shite. how does this add anything to the song? sounds like something some douchebag hipsters would do for a high school dance.

  41. dontweall  |   Posted on Mar 29th, 2009 0

    i fuckin hate it when people double-post

  42. bob  |   Posted on Mar 29th, 2009 0

    sufjan stevens the killers are not! WHAT?

  43. When i hear this, i realize how much better the lyrics are than if it were an actual killers song. And how Conor is a much better writer than brandon flowers. And how he is really just a good writer in general.

  44. i never thought i would dislike anything bright eyes… miley cyrus couldn’t do them less justice

  45. Billy Davis  |   Posted on Mar 29th, 2009 0

    This is what would have naturally occurred if Conor had taken the “Digital Ash” route instead of the “I’m Wide Awake” route.

  46. Daniel  |   Posted on Mar 29th, 2009 0

    If the Killers like folk rock so much, why do they keep making it sound like shit?

  47. Am I the only one who can’t see the word “Spaceman” written anymore without mentally pronouncing it as “Spuh-che-man”?

  48. onceler  |   Posted on Mar 30th, 2009 0

    whoa, “Bright Eyes” (what the fuck is wrong with anyone who would call himself ‘bright eyes’, what a tool) actually has fans? still? ugh. i don’t think much of the Killers, but they are better than fucking “Bright Eyes”.

  49. postman sleeping in the sand  |   Posted on Mar 30th, 2009 0

    Of course it’s not as good as the original. Nothing is as good as Conor/Bright Eyes originals. Nothing. I’m a huge Bright Eyes fan and not really that into The Killers but I don’t mind it at all. Like a few other people said, at least The Killers have made the song their own instead of just imitating like most bands do when they cover something.

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