Top best songs of Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand is a famous Scottish band formed in Glasgow in 2002. Under the leadership of Alex Kapranos, the indie rock band has gained worldwide fame! The band's albums are sold in millions worldwide! But today we will not talk about them, but about the best tracks ... "Take Me Out", "The Dark of the Matinee", "This Fire" ... What hits are included in today's selection? Let's find out!
"Take Me Out"
This hit made Franz Ferdinand superstars! The track was released as the second single from their self-titled debut album, as the single "Darts of Pleasure" didn't bring the band the success they wanted outside of Europe... The lyrics draw a parallel between lovers and snipers aiming at each other:
“If you are lonely, you know that I am here and waiting for you.
I'm just a sight, I'm just a few steps away from you ... "
"No You Girls"
In fact, the track "No You Girls" is a reflection of the song "Katherine Kiss Me". Alex Kapranos dedicated both compositions to one event - a kiss with a certain girl (this was a real case, which was observed by the leader Franz Ferdinand). Actually, his word:
“In fact, these are two versions of the same event. One with some exaggeration that you would tell your friends about it, and the other more vulnerable... In general - I like the idea of people subconsciously or unconsciously acting out the themes of the song, while they are actually dancing to it ... "
"Do You Want To"
“This song was written as a joke after Alex Kapranos came home one night from a party where people were shouting the most ridiculous and obscene things to each other. Basically, the lyrics to 'Do You Want To' are what he heard various women yelling after him over the noise of the party..."
"Well, do you want to, do you want to, do you want to get there,
Where have I not let you in before?
Well here we are at the transmission party
I like your friends, they're all so sophisticated, oh yeah!"
Track from the 2013 album: Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.
"Dark pool, bright light,
Brighter than the light that burns in your house.
We could love, we could love you.
If you want someone to love you
While you are looking for someone to love ... "
"The Dark Of The Matinee"
"The Dark Of The Matinée" was the third single from Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut album. The song talks about fantasies, flirting...
"I accidentally charm you
And I tell you
Like I'll never be the one
Who do I hate…”
The evil eye was an ancient and widely held belief that some people had the ability to cause harm or bad luck with just a glance. In one of his interviews, frontman Alex Kapranos said:
“My father is Greek, and in many Mediterranean cultures there is a penchant for the evil eye… Some people in my family always felt they had this psychic power that could predict things…”
The song's music video was directed by Diane Martel, who oversaw Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video. The visualization pays homage to low-budget horror films…
The track was based on the single "The Model" by the German band Kraftwerk. It's no secret for Franz Ferdinand fans that Alex Kapranos is one of the most active supporters of the German band. Once he said:
“Forget Dylan, Bowie, The Beatles, The Stones and Elvis. The people who made modern pop sound the way it sounds today are called Kraftwerk!”
This song is about how you can be so in love with someone that you will do anything to be with this person… In the video, the band tries to hypnotize the girls of the whole world and make them… Actually, see for yourself!
As a rule, the band ends their sets with the song "This Fire". However, once during a concert in Romania, they decided to start the concert with this track! Kapranos later recalled:
“The joke was that at the end of the song we said: “Thank you very much, good night!” It was the first time we played in Romania, so no one knew the joke, we were just having fun. We found it very funny!”
Kapranos explained the inspiration for this song as follows:
“When I was a kid, I always liked the story of Ulysses, about a guy who got lost and never thought he would come home. But instead of getting upset about it, he said, "Wow, I'm lost, but this is an adventure..." Initially, I had part of the melody. When I write songs and melodies, I keep an audio recording on my computer and name the files after the first thing I see in the room. So, I have a piece of music on my computer called Lampshade, Carpet... I was sitting in my living room and a copy of James Joyce's Ulysses was the first thing that caught my eye. It got me thinking: how old is this story? Four thousand years? And it's still forever...
The song was produced by Philippe Zdar, a member of the French synthpop/house duo Cassius, who also often works with the French band Phoenix. Zdar's influence can be seen in the track's synth-based instrumentation, a departure from Franz Ferdinand's guitar roots.