Interviewer: But it’s almost like you’ve created your own language—as in your hit “Human,” for instance, and its enigmatic chorus, “Are we human / Or are we dancer.”
Brandon Flowers: For sure. It was strange. But it also just felt so natural, especially when I sang it. Mark and Ron really were opposed to it, to that line. So I even entertained the idea of changing it, and I went back in and tried different words and different lines. But nothing made as much sense with that melody as that line. So sometimes music is funny like that. And I guess the song is about nine or 10 years old now, and it’s still one of our most beloved songs when we play it live. But sometimes I have a snide, ironic side that’s hard for people to pick up on because I have a sincere-sounding voice. So there have been times throughout our catalog when people don’t realize that I’m being kind of playful, because I can’t pull it off when I sing it. And “Human” was one of those times, when the DJ culture was really starting to take hold in Las Vegas, and I saw the clamor for the velvet rope and bottle service. This change was happening, and it was all based around dance music—which I grew up on. I loved good dance music like Erasure and New Order. But this just seemed different to me, and I was making a comment on that. And what’s funny is, the song lends itself to that genre at the same time; so it’s this weird, ironic kind of song. So we knew we were doing something strange, but it all felt so euphoric.
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Are you human or are you dancer?
♪ I don't wanna hear you lie tonight / Now that I've become who I really are ♫
ONTD, what grammatically incorrect song is your favorite?
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