|"All These Things That I've Done"|
|Single by The Killers|
|from the album Hot Fuss|
|Released||August 30, 2004|
|Studio||The Hearse, Berkeley, California|
|The Killers singles chronology|
"All These Things That I've Done" is a song by American rock band The Killers. The song was released as the third single from the band's debut studio album Hot Fuss (2004). It was written by frontman Brandon Flowers and features gospel choir The Sweet Inspirations. It was released as the third single in 2004 in the United Kingdom and as the fourth single in the United States, peaking at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. The song features the central lyric of "You gotta help me out", and an extended refrain of "I got soul, but I'm not a soldier". The song is about Television host Matt Pinfield, who was working with the U.S. Army as part of a program that mentored wounded and/or PTSD-stricken musician soldiers returning from Iraq.
The song is about television host Matt Pinfield. Before The Killers were famous, Pinfield, who was a vice president of A&R at Columbia Records at the time, tried to sign the band. He was also working with the U.S. Army as part of a program that mentored wounded and/or PTSD-stricken musician soldiers returning from Iraq. After visiting veteran soldiers in Colorado City, he went to Las Vegas, where he quickly bonded with The Killers. Pinfield watched the band rehearse at drummer Ronnie Vannucci's garage and took them out to dinner. He asked if anybody wanted to give him a ride back to his hotel and Brandon Flowers offered to drive Pinfield. They wound up hitting the bar at the Gold Coast Hotel on a Tuesday night, just "talking about life", Pinfield said:
I started to tell him the story about mentoring soldiers, and I was getting ready to go through a divorce. I was going through a bit of a rough time. So, he went home that night, and their old manager, Braden Merrick, calls me on the phone, and goes, 'Hey Matt, Brandon wrote a song about you. He went home last night and wrote this song.' It was 'All These Things That I've Done,' and the line 'I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier' is about the mentoring thing.
In 2016, Pinfield titled his memoir "All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life". On January 19, 2019, the band gave Pinfield a shoutout while introducing the song at the iHeartRadio ALTer Ego 2019 festival at The Forum in Inglewood, California, where Pinfield was in attendance in a wheelchair still recovering from being hit by a car a month before.
The song was acclaimed by critics upon release. Bill Lamb of About.com gave the song 4 out of 5 stars, noting its strength as a pop-rock anthem. Jemma Volp-Fletcher gave the single a perfect score of 10 out of 10, calling it "staggering", while also complimenting frontman Flowers' songwriting skills.musicOMH's Sara McDonnell was also impressed, saying that it had "classic song' written all over it".
The band performed the song at Live 8, a charity campaign series of concerts held in July 2005. In 2009, The Killers, Coldplay, Bono (U2), and Gary Barlow (Take That) performed the track together to support a special War Child concert following the BRIT Awards.
A popular song among alternative rock bands, "All These Things That I've Done" has been covered live by numerous artists including U2,Coldplay, Imagine Dragons,Walk the Moon,Kris Allen, and Robbie Williams.
The song has two music videos, the earlier of which was filmed in July 2004. It features The Killers singing while walking down Brick Lane, in London accompanied by a crowd. The video also featured shots of the audience who attended The Killers concert at the London Astoria, on July 8, 2004.
The later version, directed by Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn, was filmed in May 2005 in Las Vegas and features a surreal, dream-like sequence, where The Killers, dressed as cowboys, are attacked by scantily clad female warriors armed with boomerangs. The story in the video is told out of order, but can be put in its order by the numbers displayed in the video. The band later made use of a similar cowboy motif during promotion of their second album, Sam's Town, and its accompanying tour and music videos during 2006 and 2007.
Australian and European maxi CD
|XFM||United Kingdom||100 Greatest Songs of the Decade||2009|
|Absolute Radio||100 Best Songs of the Decade||2009|
|NME||100 Greatest Tracks of the Decade||2009|
|150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years||2011|
|The Daily Telegraph||100 Greatest Songs of All Time||2009|
|Pretty Much Amazing||United States||Favorite Songs of the Last Ten Years||2010|
|2006||Grammy Awards||Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal||Nominated|
|2020||Guild of Music Supervisors Awards||Best Song Written and/or Recorded for Television||Pending|
Comedian and musician Bill Bailey frequently pokes fun at the song's refrain during his shows, providing his own version: "I've got ham, but I'm not a hamster". According to Bailey himself, the band was aware of the parody, finding it quite amusing.
The song has been featured in commercials, including an ad for Nike.
The song was also played in the final scene of the 2005 Pierce Brosnan/Greg Kinnear dark comedy The Matador.
The song has appeared in trailers for the 2019 Illumination film The Secret Life of Pets 2
The song was used at the opening of "Pilot" (S1E1, 2008) to set up the suicide storyline of Ron Livingston's character in the ABC series "A Million Little Things." 
The song was used in the first episode of the PBS documentary series Carrier, as USS Nimitz embarks upon a six-month WESTPAC deployment.