The Killers’ first collection of B-sides, rarities, and new tracks arrives

‘Sawdust,’ the first collection of previously unreleased session tracks, B-sides and rarities to be released by, Grammy-nominated, MTV VMA Award-winning, multi-platinum Island Records group The Killers, has arrived on store shelves.

‘Sawdust’ was completed by the band at a recording studio in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, where they worked with Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Lou Reed.

The Killers’ cover of Joy Division’s “Shadowplay” (from the original motion picture Control, Anton Corbijn’s biopic of Ian Curtis) has sold over 50,000 digital downloads to date and video added to VH1 and MTVu. With the single set-up at full-tilt, a second pick from the album has been launched, the opening track “Tranquilize” with Lou Reed (one of the four new recordings), whose video was premiered on Yahoo! last week.

In addition to “Shadowplay” and “Tranquilize,” the Killers will be all over the radio and Internet this season with “Don’t Shoot Me Santa,” their second Christmas single. Similar to last year’s “A Great Big Sled”, the single will turn (RED), with 100% of the proceeds going to the Global Fund (www.theglobalfund.org) to invest in African AIDS programs.

“Don’t Shoot Me Santa” will be serviced to radio on Monday, November 26th, and released for digital download the next day. On December 1st (Saturday) the single and video will debut as part of RED’s World Aids Day activities. The following Tuesday, December 4th, the “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” single package (including audio track and video) arrives in stores.

Big surprises on the 17-track ‘Sawdust’ include “Under the Gun” (the B-side of 2004’s “Somebody Told Me”); “Move Away” (from the Spiderman 3 soundtrack); and “Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll” (from their ‘Hot Fuss’ debut album).

Two notable cover versions are: Kenny Rogers & the First Edition’s “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” (B-side of 2005’s “Smile Like You Mean It”) and Dire Straits’ “Romeo and Juliet” (B-side of 2007’s “For Reasons Unknown” from the Killers’ RIAA platinum second album ‘Sam’s Town,’ released October 2006).

And previously unreleased tracks including: “Leave the Bourbon On the Shelf” (from the ‘Hot Fuss’ sessions) and “Sweet Talk” (from the ‘Sam’s Town’ sessions).

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