Hot Fuss has gone through several bootleg pressing since it’s legit release on vinyl. There are three legit LP pressings of the album, one for the U.S., one for the UK and a box set that includes a t-shirt. The box set is the most recent release of the record, coming out a few years ago through Hot Topic and band’s web stores. It is important to note that all legit pressing of the album were done on a shade of blue vinyl, but it is also important to note that there are bootlegs pressed on blue vinyl as well.
I will try to clear up as much of the confusion about which pressings are bootlegs and which are legit. Some are quite obvious and easy to spot, while one is tougher than the others. Most if not all of the bootlegs come from overseas though; somewhere in Europe, possibly even the UK. The main legit U.S. pressing is done on translucent blue vinyl with red center labels on both the A and B sides. For factory sealed copies there is a black sticker on the top left corner of the cover. This U.S. pressing is the only one to feature the exclusive vinyl only bonus track “Indie Rock ‘N’ Roll,” which is the last track on side B and is mentioned on the aforementioned hype sticker. This pressing was released by The Control Group by way of Island Records. Both label’s logos will be on the back of the jacket, with the catalog number of Island CGO 017. There were 3,000 copies pressed with silver foil lettering on the cover and 100 copies with red foil lettering on the cover that were all hand numbered. Most of the red foil copies went to Control Group employees, and when they do pop up on ebay they regularly sell for between $100-$400. Copies with the silver foil lettering even approach $100.
The legit UK pressing was done on opaque baby blue vinyl, or at least a much lighter shade of blue than the U.S. pressing. The UK pressing does not feature any bonus tracks. It was pressed by Lizard King, with a catalog number of LIZARD11X. The legit pressing has white center labels on both sides that are slightly recessed by the spindle hole. There were 2,000 copies pressed for the legit UK pressing that were all individually numbered on the back of the jacket, but I believe there were actually more than 2,000 total copies pressed for the UK pressing however.
The third legit pressing was released in 2009 by Bravado. It comes housed in a box set with a grey t-shirt. The record slides inside the lid of the box set while the t-shirt is housed in a compartment inside the box itself. This pressing was also pressed on translucent blue vinyl, with the only difference being the center labels, which you can see in the photos gallery below. I remember reading that there were 5,00 copies of this box set pressed/made, with it being a Hot Topic exclusive, but I doubt that number is accurate at this point. While Hot Topic sold out of the sets fairly quickly (they would’ve sold out faster if they were cheaper), The Killers webstore had copies for sale for a few years afterwards. The band’s store finally sold out of them in late 2012, but Bravado’s webstore still has copies up for sale.
For the bootlegs most are done on completely different colors than blue. First copies on a shade of blue that matched the legit U.S. pressing started popping up, then copies on red, then copies on green, then copies on clear or smokey grey and most recently copies on dark blue. All of the bootleg copies have some marbling effects in them and are not 100% their respective solid color. Some have streaks and swirls of black running through them, others have streaks of white. All bootleg copies have white center labels A crucial difference is that the center labels on the bootleg copies are not recessed at all like they are on the legit UK pressing. All of the bootlegs are made to look like the Lizard King UK pressing, with the center labels 99.9% identical. i have never seen the back of a jacket for a bootleg copy, but they are most likely almost identical to the legit pressing as well. An important thing to note about the bootleg blue copies is that they are opaque and not translucent like with the legit U.S. pressing.