Just finished reading this great HuffPo article on the latent conservatism of The Killers (via Fluxblog).
Flowers is coming close to being Toby Keith in mascara, but I doubt he'll be singing about putting a Chelsea boot in anyone's ass soon. Rather, what he's selling is much more insidious: jingoism disguised as patriotism disguised as rock and roll. If he were one lone commenter in a sea of forgettable rock bands, it would be easy to write him off as slightly cranky and bombastic, but this man is at the top of the charts and has a huge teenage fan base. Musicians like Flowers and his ilk hold a tremendous amount of sway over their young followers.
Could this be the reason why Clear Channel-owned broadcast radio stations have promoted this band heavily but not Franz Ferdinand, a band The Killers have blatantly ripped off? On the blogosphere we know The Killers are crud because we can hear FranzFerd whenever we want to. But those who trust their car radios have been sheltered from leftie podcasts and mp3 blogs, exposed only to a GOP-friendly AM dial and "modern" rock stations that insidiously promote blind patriotism.
Only a conspiracy theory can explain the success of such a shitty band.