The Killers: The Strokes were al­ways above us

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The Killers al­ways thought The Strokes were "so much more above" them. Drum­mer Ron­nie Van­nucci Jr has ad­mit­ted the group didn't put them­selves in the same class as their ri­val band, whose gui­tarist Nick Valensi re­cently ad­mit­ted they used to think their songs were much bet­ter than Bran­don Flow­ers' group's tunes. Ron­nie told NME mag­a­zine: "I cer­tainly didn't, and I don't think any­body in the band re­ally would even put our­selves in the same boat. "We al­ways thought those guys were so much more above us. It's kind of flat­ter­ing just to hear them talk­ing about our band - even now. "Es­pe­cially The Strokes. They're one of the bad­dest rock bands out there." Nick re­cently re­vealed his band used to won­der why ev­ery­one was lis­ten­ing to some of The Killers' tracks, such as their 2004 hit 'Mr Bright­side', more than their own tunes. In an ex­cerpt of book 'Meet Me in the Bath­room: Re­birth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011' by jour­nal­ist Lizzy Good­man, he says: "We had con­ver­sa­tions that went along the lines of 'Gosh, I think our songs are bet­ter than 'Mr Bright­side' by the Killers, but how come that's the one ev­ery­one is lis­ten­ing to?' "They did it a dif­fer­ent way. They recorded it in a dif­fer­ent way. They pro­moted it in a dif­fer­ent way. We could be that big." Front­man Bran­don re­cently ad­mit­ted he thought The Strokes' de­but al­bum 'Is This It' was bet­ter than The Killers' first record, 'Hot Fuss', When asked if 'Hot Fuss' was wor­thy of be­ing named one of the best de­but al­bums in the last 30 years, he replied: "I will say it's one of them. If you ask me, The Strokes' de­but is bet­ter. Guns N' Roses's de­but is bet­ter. "But I do think we're up there and I'm proud of it."

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