All the white kids shuffle to the heavy metal stutter
And go shaking on the scene like killing machines
And they know that when she's stacked up top
She'll be a sucker for the shotgun show
Shaking obscene like the killing machines, here we go

It's the same old show: he's a killer of a flash boy, oh
He's a killer, he's a killer, he's a flash boy, oh

Oh, if you shake your fake tan through aerosol land, you'll know
That you'll suffer for your sex by the caravanettes, oh no
And that shitter with the pout won't be putting it about no more
Oh, shaking obscene like a killing machine, here we go

It's the same old show: he's a killer, he's a flash boy, oh
He's a killer, he's a flash boy, oh, oh, and Athena loves your body

So think of the sea, my darling
Think of the sea as you murder me

It's the same old show: he's a killer, he's a flash boy, oh
This is the killing of a flash boy, oh

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Killing of a Flash Boy Lyrics as written by Bernard Butler Brett Anderson

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    When he says 'Heavy Metal stutter' i dont think he's referring to that particular music genre. I reckon he's actually describing the repetitive electronic sound of dance music heard in mid 90's clubs ("aerosol land"), the kind of which were, and still are, populated by the kind of characters he's talking about. The song is about fake tits ("stacked up top") and tans dollybird types falling for the dubious charms of flashboys - a fairly obscure term for meatheaded plastic gangster sorts - and their "shotgun show" which i take to be the exaggerated tales of criminal activity and bravado that impresses women of that nature. They get with guys like this thinking it keeps them safe when obviously the reverse is true and they end up paying for it ("You'll suffer for your sex") by being exposed to real instances of the violence that attracted them in the first place. Unfortunately, given that power is an aphrodisiac, its a trait that will always be around ("Its the same old show").

    drsoulon October 01, 2011   Link
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    I don't think Anderson would attack a musical genre and suggest it leads people to killing, though there may be the suggestion that certain types of people are susceptible to influence. I don't really know what it's about, but I know Anderson has (or used to have) a fascination with violence and so this is possibly just a fantasy sequence of a gang murdering a 'Flash Boy'. The video for this song is pretty much that take on it, and fits the song perfect.

    As with all Suede songs, there are lines that are really ambiguous. Like "She'll be a sucker for the shotgun show" What does that mean?

    Also it's "here we go" not "he we go" as the lyrics here state.

    Luke10on July 03, 2010   Link
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    I used to think it had a sexual meaning!Nowadays I think is more about brainwash and how people are guided to behave in a way!White kids....extreme music genres....maybe something about right-wing supporters who become violent.........

    CharlesMansonon March 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Anyone else think that the name of this song was basically a modern revamp of "Death Of A Disco Dancer"? I mean, Brett loves The Smiths.

    Strangleron March 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think the boys in Suede liked metal music. I agree with the gay hate crime interpretation

    jkisauon November 22, 2011   Link
  • -3
    General Comment

    never heard the song

    knot22on March 31, 2008   Link
  • -4
    General Comment

    MY GOD. I can't belive no one has commented on this song. This song basically saying Metal music can inspire people to kill and/or become violent. that's my take on it

    Cianmillson July 15, 2006   Link

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