Las Vegas band ‘The Killers‘ are one of my favourite American indie-rock bands with an impressive range of hit singles over the years and an easy-on-the-ear sound which is appealing to many different listener types particularly us British people it would seem as they are very popular in the UK.
‘Read My Mind’ was one of four singles released from their second album; 2006’s ‘Sam’s Town‘ and was released in the UK early the following year with the accompanying video being filmed around Tokyo. *You can see the video here.
Lets start in Shinjuku then where the majority of the filming took place. Frontman Brandon Flowers is seen on Yasukuni dori across the road from the Don Quijote (ドン・キホーテ) store on the corner at 1-16-5 Kabuki-cho. The various other scenes are intercut with this footage of him singing roadside.
A short distance up the road brings you to ‘Hakata Tenjin at 1-6-6 Kabukicho and though guitarist Dave Keuning can be seen playing outside one of these ramen restaurants its NOT this one. The one seen in the video is 1-11-1 Kabukicho but has since closed with something else in its place. It should be noted that this is the entertainment and red light district of Shinjuku with lots of host & hostess bars, love hotels, shops, restaurants and nightclubs which may explain why there are many men just ‘hanging around’ this area trying to entice customers to come into their place and part with some hard cash.
There is a scene of them in a park with some school children and one would hazard a guess that its Yoyogi Park but it really could be anywhere and I’m buggered if I’m gonna take this geeky hobby of mine to the levels of finding out which one they filmed in! Having said that….if anyone reading this knows on good authority where it was then let me know!
The crazy bicycles scene was shot in Asakusabashi with the band riding a penny-farthing, recumbent bicycle, a lowrider bicycle and a normal bicycle decorated with ram’s horns.
The shrine which they pass, featuring two Japanese ladies in traditional wear, is just behind Asakusa-bashi station on the JR and Toei Asakusa lines and its address is 1-29-11 Asakusabashi in Taito-ku.
In the video it seems like they are riding in one direction but once they pass the shrine entrance we see them basically just cycling back in the same direction they just came from which can be noticed by the office building with red panelling in the distance of each screenshot before and after the shrine ones.
The black balloon release location (below) is also in Asakusabashi with the Nihonbashi Girls High School visible behind the wall where the band are stood. Thanks to Mike in the comments for details of this. A picture of this location will appear here soon….
The band are also seen in a Japanese game centre (arcade) playing on the guitars and drums (below).
Japanese TV character ‘Gachapin‘ (above), a green, bucktoothed dinosaur, also features in the video interacting with the band including its concluding moments where he is sleeping in a capsule hotel with a band member.