It’s about a guy who wasn’t happy with life and then got abducted by aliens or maybe had a dramatic experience that changed his perspective of life. He reminds himself of why he felt the way he did before he got abducted. The key in the chorus is the Starmaker and Dreammaker which are the voices in his head; Starmakers means that his life is not that bad while the dreammaker is the side of him that wants even more And then the spaceman shows up and makes him realize that at the end of the day none of these problems really matter when it could be worse. Lead singer Brandon Flowers explained that in this song he was “looking for a mixture of ‘Space Oddity’ and ‘Rocket Man.'” He told The Sun that he cited this alien-abduction anthem as a typical Killers song: He said: “Yes, it’s very us. It came off the back of ‘Don’t Shoot Me Santa’, our Christmas single, so I was in a playful mood. I think it’s really adventurous for me.” In another interview with NME, he explained the story of this song, he said: “We’re always making demos, and on our way to South America, we had a few days off so we went to the rainforest in Panama. On the plane on the way there, I was humming the verse, and I couldn’t wait to lay it down and we made a demo with Ted (Sablay), our touring musician, in the hotel room in Panama. That demo probably isn’t that different from the final version.”
Release Date: November 4, 2008
Songwriter/s: Brandon Flowers – Dave Keuning – Mark Stoermer – Ronnie Vannucci, Jr.
Label: Island – Vertigo
Chart Rankings: In the UK, the song peaked at number 40 on the Official charts Company and in the US it peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached number 17 on the US Adult Alternative Songs, at number 8 on the Alternative Songs charts and peaked at number 2 on the Dance Club Songs Charts. Around the world, ‘Spaceman’ was at number 62 in Australia, number 47 in Canada, number 22 in Netherlands, number 29 in Germany, number 33 in Ireland and peaked at number 49 in Slovakia.
Artist’s age on Release Date: The Alternative Rock band had been active for 7 years when they released this song.
Cover Versions: Very few Youtubers covered this song.