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Love Letter To A Record: Georgia Reed On The Killers’ ‘Hot Fuss’

Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become.

In this series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.

Georgia Reed – The Killers, Hot Fuss

In the back of my mum’s Mitsubishi Magna, I’m on the way to primary school. We pull out the blue album, insert, and press play, this has become routine. We turn it up louder, and louder, and ask mum to “play it again”, “one more time” as we approach, singing loudly together.

Hot Fuss has a special place in my heart, my introduction to pop rock. Linked to memories of that journey to school, it was the first album my family truly bonded over. I remember watching the ‘Mr Brightside’ Film Clip on TV for the first time, while at my grandma’s for dinner, and thinking, “this is a good song!”. At the time I wasn’t even sure what the song was about, but it made me feel good.

I danced to Hot Fuss as a child, and I still dance to it now, in a bar, at 3am.

I make new memories, to different songs, mad about a guy I’m currently into.

Though my favourites have changed with my age, from ‘Mr Brightside’ & ‘Smile Like You Mean it’ to ‘On Top’ and ‘Jenny Is a Friend of Mine’, they are still as relatable as they were to my 10 year old self.

I’m almost 25 now, and the highlight of my night is the DJ playing ‘On Top’ at a dingy underground pub. I tell him, “this is my favourite song off the album, I’m so happy you’re playing it!”, he does not match my enthusiasm, and I don’t care. I’m in my own world now.

Georgia Reed’s latest single ‘Colours’ is out now. Listen here.

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