Brandon Flowers, frontman for the Killers, recently stated that, “We are finished with the Christmas song game, but we’re proud of what we did. We did 11 songs.”
Flowers said that while the band won’t be releasing any more Christmas music, they’re planning on releasing their one (and only) Christmas album Don’t Waste Your Wishes on vinyl at some point.
Don’t Waste Your Wishes featured The Killers’ yearly Christmas singles from 2006 to 2016, and all proceeds from sales of the album went to the Project Red campaign, raising funds to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in eight African countries.
But just because there is no new Christmas song, it doesn’t mean I can’t share a couple of my favorite ones from years’ past.
My favorite is the song from 2013: Christmas in L.A. The video features Owen Wilson while Dawes co-write and also performed on the track. Great animation. While it may be considered somewhat depressing, it could also be viewed as a tribute to those who follow their dreams, despite the cost.
Joel, The Lump Of Coal, from 2014 is another one of my favorites. This animated video made its debut on the Jimmy Kimmel show. Kimmel also co-wrote the song, along with The Killers and Jonathan Bines. Has a catchy tune, and a great message.
If you want to see all of their singles, I wrote about all of them last year.
It was a nice tradition while it lasted, but thanks to YouTube (and the Killers), the songs will continue to spread joy for many Christmas seasons to come.