It’s always a green Christmas in Los Angeles, but not because a lot of transplanted, failed actors are rolling in the green. That’s the melancholic theme of The Killers’ new holiday classic, “Christmas In L.A.”
With the help of the band Dawes and Brigham Young University students on the speedily-done animation for the “Christmas In L.A.” video, The Killers were able to channel that energy into the song “about an actor who’s struggling.”
“Maybe he’s from Colorado or Utah or something. Someplace where there’s white Christmas’ and he’s getting a little bit nostalgic and melancholy when it rolls around,” elaborated Flowers over the phone. The video includes Owen Wilson, an animated version of Warren Zevon, and Harry Dean Stanton.
The inclusion of the gruff icon was in part due to a lyrical decision from Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes whom the Killers discovered the Los Angeles-based band on the radio and “became friends.”
“I used to talk trash about bands,” admitted Flowers. Now he’d rather make friends with the band he likes, which is how a friendship with Dawes started. “Taylor’s a great writer and that was a treat to work with them,” said Flowers.