she liked Imaginary Men best of all

“I thought you loved me but it seems you don’t care…”

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Friday night I went into Boston to see The Killers at the now re-named – again – Garden.  I should have known this would be the culmination of a few years old flirtation I’ve been having with being obsessed w/ this band, particularly lead singer Brandon Flowers.  It started when I saw the Mr. Brightside video a couple years ago and became convinced they were British.

They looked like something out of my 80’s Star Hits magazines:  Catchy synth pop! Pretty boys in suits! Eyeliner! For about a week I was enthralled until I looked them up on-line and found out they were from Nevada. Crush = dead in the water.

See what I mean? I sent it to a friend who agreed she would have pegged them as British and in a clip on YouTube one of them says “when we first came out everyone thought we were British” likely meaning “people who grew up listening exclusively to 80’s British pop music.” Part of my love for the Mr. Brightside video is it reminds me of one of my All Time Favorite Bands Ever – ABC who were also superb with sleek pop sounds, songs about love and betrayal, and a winning way with well-tailored suits and storyline videos.  And best of all – British.

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

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