Songs about stalking — they’re always popular. From The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” to Death Cab For Cutie’s “I Will Possess Your Heart,” stalking and general creepiness tend to be a common theme for musicians to write about. That’s weird, right? What does say about society?
Psychoanalysis aside, for some strange reason, we love these types of songs.
Today’s Song of the Day is brought to you by the creepiest mormon singer we know, Brandon Flowers. What? This straight-edge ultimate dad has a skeevy side to him? Hard to imagine given his band’s name is The Killers.
Sarcasm is hard to depict in plain text.
Remember that this is the same guy who penned the infamous “Murder Trilogy” with The Killers, combining songs “Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf,” “Midnight Show” and “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” to tell the story of a how a jealous guy decided to kill his girlfriend, Jenny.
(Let’s assume Flowers is kind of like Edgar Allan Poe in that he writes about scary things but doesn’t actually do them. Geniuses are usually pretty strange, right? *palms start to sweat.*)
Back to the SOTD. “Lonely Town” is the epitome of stalker songs, but it’s one of those where you have to listen to it a few times to catch onto. Or just watch the music video. During the daytime. With other people.
“If you’re not listening closely, it just feels like this breezy love song,” Flowers said in an interview with radio.com. “But, if you wrote the lyrics down or listened to them a little more intently, it’s actually pretty creepy.”
He continues, saying, “It sounds all nice, ‘When will you come home again?,’ but it’s really scary. Someone saying, ‘When will you come home again? Did you lock the door when it shut?’ You know, those lines can mean a variety of things.”
Flowers admitted that “Lonely Town” was, in fact, inspired by “Every Breath You Take.”
“I sort of love how ‘Every Breath You Take’ is taken as this love song, but it’s really got a darker side to it,” Flowers said. “So that’s what I wanted to do with ‘Lonely Town,’ I was sort of picking up where Sting left off, lyrically.”
As the third single to come from Flowers’ second solo album, The Desired Effect, “Lonely Town” brings home those 80s synths he loves so much, along with his signature storytelling style. It’s a fun song to listen to. Just maybe don’t listen to it too often. That would be weird.
Featured image courtesy of Wikimedia (with some editing by Nicole Metzler).