1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
Rock ‘n’ roll has always been music to shout out loud, whether with your friends, at a concert or by yourself. And while many older songs remain favorites, the art of making an anthem continues today and the key is to make music that is timeless. The Killers, a band from Las Vegas, have a song in a commercial that aired during the Olympics and seemed to fit images of great moments in Olympic history.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Mason: I caught this new Nike commercial that uses the Killers perfectly for the sound track.
Devan: Oh yeah? Is it a new song?
Mason: Yeah, it’s off Sam’s Town. It was…what’s the one where it’s like, “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier?”
Devan: That’s on their first album called Hot Fuss.
Mason: Is it?
Mason: OK. Well, I’m totally wrong. But that’s how well they used it. It felt more current, right? Just all these crazy clips of all these amazing athletic moments throughout the years and it’s got that anthemic quality to it.
Devan: That’s cool. Yeah, that band, really that album with that song on it, just blew up so big and it was just amazing how big they got all of a sudden just from that when one song and…
Mason: ...and then every song on that album just happened to be a hit single…
Devan: ...and now they have an anthem for the Olympics. Do you like them? Are you a Killers fan?
Mason: I do. It’s funny. I actually like them more because of their second album, Sam’s Town. It’s just a really mature album as opposed to the kind of pop beauty of Hot Fuss. There’s just more of a rock ‘n’ roll storytelling quality to Sam’s Town.
Devan: So you think their new album will be even more mature and continue to go in that direction of Sam’s Town?
Mason thought the Killers song he recently saw in a commercial was new, but it only seemed new to him because the commercial was so cool. It’s actually from their 2004 first album and Devan explains that it’s the song that made them popular in the first place. Although the song from the commercial, which is called “All These Things That I’ve Done,” is a great anthem, Mason likes the newer songs by the Killers better because they have more of a storytelling quality to them. He is a fan of the band’s music, although he thinks their mustaches are silly. What’s your favorite rock anthem and type of facial hair?