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The Killers and Sexual Ambiguity

Posted by samgr on December 9, 2009

So the Killers are awesome.  I’ve known this for a while, but I’ve never paid all that much attention to their lyrics.  And I’m happy to report that a) they’re also awesome and b) they often have something approaching Magnetic Fields levels of ambiguous gender stuff and ambiguity in terms of the sexuality of the narrator.  (This may not be news to anyone else, I knew they were sort of a camp icon.)  This ranges from the obvious — “somebody told me /  you had a boyfriend / who looked like a girlfriend…” — to the slightly less obvious — it’s never actually never made clear in “Mr. Brightside” whether the narrator is jealous of the guy or the girl.  I’m in favor of this.

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