It’s about a guy’s frustration when he’s out and having a hard time to pick up girls. Brandon Flowers sings that he doesn’t know the girl, he’s in a club and notices her, but he’s probably too shy to go talk to her. But after seventeen teen tracks, he must’ve finally found out her name, and then somebody told him a rumor that ruined his night, he sings (Well somebody told me, You had a boyfriend, Who looked like a girlfriend, That I had in February of last year). So not only she’s taken, but could be a lesbian too! Also, if we’re taking the song literally, then his ex also turned out to be lesbian! After that he tries to move on, but its taking its toll on him. In an interview published by Entertainment Weekly in 2013, lead singer Brandon Flowers explained the inspiration behind the song, he said: “We were going out to clubs a lot at the time. I think it speaks to a young man’s frustration, the difficulty of picking up girls. That’s probably where it stems from. I was just able to run with it, and the band supplied a wonderful backing track. It’s one of Mark (Stoermer)’s greatest moments on the bass, too, It’s a really great collaboration.”
Release Date: March 15, 2004
Songwriter/s: Brandon Flowers – Mark Stoermer – Dave Keuning – Ronnie Vannucci, Jr.
Label: Island – Lizard King
Chart Rankings: In the UK, the song topped the Indie Charts and peaked at number 3 on the Official Charts Company. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified Gold for sales over 339,000 copies. In the US, it reached number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 17 on the Adult Top 40, number 24 on the Mainstream Top 40 and peaked at number 3 on the Alternative Songs Charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Triple Platinum for sales over 3 million copies. Around the world the song reached the top 10 charts in Denmark and Ireland. In Australia, it was number 17, in France it reached number 24, in Italy it peaked at number 31 and in Switzerland it was number 16 on the Schweizer Hitparade charts. It was certified Gold in Italy.
Artist’s age on Release Date: The alternative rock band had been active for 3 years when they released this song.
Cover Versions: Very few Youtubers covered this song such as Amasic – Element V – Abbey Glover – Banda Go Up – John Pan – Polar Sounds.