The Killers ”Runaways”

The lead single from this Las Vegas quartet’s fourth studio album Battle Born, starts off sounding like Wilson Phillips’s “Hold On”. Later on, when he sings “You gotta know that this is real…”, lead singer Brandon Flowers (the rockingest Mormon since Merrill Osmond) sounds like he’s channeling Cyndi Lauper back when The Hooters were her backing band. The verses are all Bon Jovi working class striving. And the chorus: pure ’84 Springsteen. So yeah – this song is basically the 80s trapped in the body of a new wave Latter Day Saint.