Permanent Records: With Hot Fuss, The Killers caused (and defined) a scene

Permanent Records is an ongoing closer look at the records that matter most.

In January of 2004, three years after the iPod debuted, Apple announced that sales had surpassed 2 million units. A mere four months later, someone dropped $299 for number 3 million. The thing most everyone liked about the iPod was the shuffle-play feature, and for dutiful followers of new indie music, this was a handy way to absorb all the day’s garage, post- and disco-punk, emo, and sparkling U.K. stadium rock without having to futz with a bunch of Strokes, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, Death Cab For Cutie, and Coldplay CDs.

In the summer of 2004, another option would’ve been to simply play The Killers’ Hot Fuss. Released in June, the Las Vegas foursome’s debut was a 45-minute primer on then-popular alt-rock styles—all by a single band and all at the same time …

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