The Killers stink up Control soundtrack

Posted August 28th, 2007 by Eric Greenwood · 16 Comments

So, the fact that the soundtrack to Anton Corbijn’s forthcoming Ian Curtis biopic, Control, contains a fair share of both Joy Division and New Order is to be expected. What’s not expected or even remotely welcome is The Killers’ version of Joy Division’s “Shadowplay.” No one wants to hear that nonsense, for God’s sake. Just the thought of sitting through it fills me with dread. The Killers? Honestly? That’s the best band the soundtrack committee could come up with to do justice to a Joy Division song? Other than that the track list looks better than fine, excepting the potential disaster of the “cast version” of “Transmission.”

01. New Order – “Exit”1

02. The Velvet Underground – “What Goes On”

03. The Killers – “Shadowplay” (Joy Division Cover)

04. The Buzzcocks – “Boredom” (live)

05. Joy Division – “Dead Souls”

06. Supersister – “She Was Naked”

07. Iggy Pop – “Sister Midnight”

08. Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

09. Sex Pistols – “Problems” (live)

10. New Order – “Hypnosis”

11. David Bowie – “Drive In Saturday”

12. John Cooper Clarke – “Evidently Chickentown”

13. Roxy Music – “2H.B.”

14. Joy Division – “Transmission” (Cast Version)

15. Kraftwerk – “Autobahn”

16. Joy Division – “Atmosphere”

17. David Bowie – “Warszawa”

18. New Order – “Get Out”

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bigcitysheep // Aug 28, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    John Cooper Clarke!
    The Killers? WTF?

  • 2 K // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    gulp. I actually dig The Killers’ first album. There’s a chance the cover won’t be horrid. A chance, I tell ya.

  • 3 K // Aug 28, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    I bet they’re hoping that alternative radio DJs will be able to insert Shadowplay into their playlists because it’s The Killers and that’s “more acceptable” than playing the original, which is twenty plus years old. Perhaps?

  • 4 Eric Greenwood // Aug 28, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    i understand having someone current do the cover…but the killers? they’re up there with the bravery for worst retro retread in my book. and especially now that they claim to sound like bruce springsteen, it just seems like a completely wrong direction.

  • 5 Todd // Aug 28, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    I think the Killers are a great choice to cover “Shadowplay” people are so resistant to change it’s so annoying. People need to move with the times and realize that of course it will not be as good as the orginal a cover one never is, but please who would you want to cover this song?

  • 6 Logan Young // Aug 29, 2007 at 12:22 am

    So The Killers are a bunch of Mormon twats – everyone knows, and more importantly, can hear it. Their were a few semi-decent cuts off “Hot Fuss,” and while “Sam’s Town” indeed sucked a big one, you gotta give ’em some kind of credit for at least not pandering to a ready-made audience expecting “Mr. Brightside” Part Deux. Furthermore, there are plenty of worse songs than “Read My Mind.” Be that as it may, I can’t in good conscience condone this move. Glad to see Kraftwerk got on there though.

  • 7 Eric Greenwood // Aug 29, 2007 at 8:46 am

    i’m only averse to change when it’s embarrassing and an obvious bid for commercialism. hey, let’s get some hack 80’s retread shit band to try to get some of the kids to buy this soundtrack. i’d honestly prefer rosanne barr to the killers. at least that would be interesting on some level.

  • 8 K // Aug 29, 2007 at 10:16 am

    well, here is a taste:

  • 9 Jimbo // Oct 2, 2007 at 10:35 am

    The Killers! Oh. Dear. God. How this band can even be mentioned in the same sentance is beyond me. At least Radio 1 will be pleased. The version is awful. Brandon Flowers should be ashamed…….

  • 10 killersfan // Oct 13, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    you guys sound like people who hate whatever is popular. the killers sold millions of records so you hate them. you sound like u haven’t even heard the song, like u hate the song just Because it’s the killers.

    don’t let your politics cloud your ability to be open-minded. “oh, this is a bid for commercial audiences”. ok. so what? what does that have to do with the Actual Song?

    Now does the song really suck, or do u just hate it because they are pop? i bet u sit around talking about awesome Bloc Party is, but next year you’ll be hating them because they finally got a mainstream following.

    Or maybe the killers just suck. i don’t know. i’m gonna go steal this song from somewhere and find out.

  • 11 party // Oct 30, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    I just picked up a copy of the CONTROL soundtrack and the Killers version of Shadowplay is SO GOOD! It comes right after “What Goes On” by Velvet Underground and an audio clip from the (highly recommended) movie and works perfectly. This is seriously a next level cover…..At the very least, give it a listen and see for yourself before you hate on it just because of who plays it……..

  • 12 jessi // Mar 19, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    GASP!!!
    How dare you?
    the killers are pure-genious!!
    That song “SHADOWPLAY” Rocks,
    let me guess youall who hate the killers enjoy country music, huh?
    YOU should be ashamed of urselfs.
    People dont appreciate real music these days.
    *sigh*

  • 13 Mock You // Jun 5, 2008 at 2:18 am

    “Wah, Wah, it’s the Killers, Oh no, they covered a song of a band who I love, Wah I tell you, Wah! I built up a high wall around me and if some other band (The Killers for you in this case) tries to climb up this wall and I actually see them, I CRY, WAH!”

    ROFL, get real.

  • 14 SpacemanT // Jun 6, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Yo.As a hardcore Joy Division fan who was around back then I love the Killers version, and I’m not a huge fan of theirs but I think they have some good tracks. The best thing about the cover is that it is not full reverence and just goes for an un selfconscious kick off. I like alot, amybe lots of bands could have done it better , muse, interpol, radiohead….but they did’nt.

  • 15 DieLaughing // Jul 3, 2008 at 7:32 am

    what a horrible cover.
    There are songs you can cover in your own way, but then there are songs you just don’t change. Shadowplay is one of them,

  • 16 Sophia72 // Dec 28, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Purists and eclectic listeners won’t agree to anything, big surprise. I am of the latter persuasion and LIKED the Killer version.