Tuesday, July 19, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: THE KILLERS - WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG

"When You Were Young", by The Killers
"When You Were Young" is a song written and performed by The Killers, and is the third track on their second album Sam's Town, released in October 2006.

The song was released as the lead single from that album in September 2006. It has proven to be one of their most successful singles, peaking at #14 on the U.S. Hot 100, as well as their only number 1 to date on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks. It is also their highest charting single to date in the United Kingdom and Australia, peaking at numbers 2 and 10 respectively.

The song displays the band's move towards a more "heartland rock" style, as it is part of an album that was supposedly heavily influenced by the music of Bruce Springsteen. The song itself was reportedly influenced by Springsteen's "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road".

The song was nominated for the 2007 Grammy Award for "Best Rock Song", and the single's video, directed by Anthony Mandler, received a nomination in the category of "Best Short Form Music Video". The single was ranked #69 on iTunes Top 100 Best Sellers: Songs of 2006. The song also made #4 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2006.In 2009 it was voted at Number 37 in UK radio station XFM's "100 Greatest Songs of All Time".

The music video for this song was filmed in Tlayacapan, Mexico. The visual style was inspired by the films JapĆ³n and Batalla en el Cielo both directed by Mexican film director Carlos Reygadas.

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