CHESS single covered by ‘The Killers’

The song (from the original concept album of CHESS), was a worldwide hit in 1985 for Murray Head when it was issued as a single – reaching #1 in Australia, Germany and Switzerland, #3 in the United States and #12 in the UK.

The Killers’ drummer Ronnie Vannucci told that the song is part of a potential album of cover versions, of which three or four tracks are already recorded.

Other cover versions of One Night In Bangkok (Source wikipedia):

  • A dance version of the song was recorded by Robey in 1984, which peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Dance Chart, before the success of the original version.
  • Steve Vai incorporated part of the song in his 1996 Fire Garden Suite.
  • Norwegian singer Jan Werner Danielsen covered the song on his 1998 album Music Of The Night
  • Swedish pop group A*Teens recorded a cover of the song for their 2003 album New Arrival
  • Danish boy band C21 released a cover of the song as a single in September 2003.
  • In 2005, the track gained new popularity in Europe, thanks to a remix by the dance act Vinylshakerz. The producers sampled the chorus of the song and turned it into a modern dance track. The remix became a success in several European countries, and found its way into clubs throughout the spring of 2005.
  • DJ Antoine, a swiss DJ, covered the song for his album Live in Bangkok in 2008.

Thanks to Bazz.


  • Oh my freaking gosh, this should be awesome! Seriously, not only are The Killers one of the most creative bands out there, they also use synth just as creatively as Benny ever did. And Brandon Flowers’ wacky vocal antics make him the best vocalist around for the rap part. All things considered, this is such an amazing fit that, in retrospect, it’s surprising it didn’t happen sooner.

  • Incredible. This song has been crying out for an amazing cover for years. It will be AWESOME.

  • I remember following Murray Head’s One Night In Bangkok up the US charts in the old Record Mirror publication – and being slightly baffled given ABBA’s non-domination in America at how huge it became.

    I look forward to this version by Killers immensely if it gets released.

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