This year marks the 100th anniversary of an event that led to the First World War, the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. 2014 also marks a different Franz Ferdinand anniversary, one with ramifications much more delightful than those of a century ago.
The indie-pop band Franz Ferdinand released its self-titled debut exactly ten years ago, offering a fresh alternative from the new-country and hip-hop pop that was dominating the charts for the first few years of the new century. To honor their tenth birthday, here are ten of the best Franz Ferdinand songs.
“What She Came For” from Tonight: The beat of this dance rocker from the third album epitomizes the sound of the band and the baritone of Alex Kapranos.
“Take Me Out” from Franz Ferdinand: Kapranos delivery of “Shattered I lie” carries this song, eternalized by the line, “I’m just a cross hair, I’m just a shot away from you.”
“Love Illumination” from Right Thoughts Right Words Right Actions: Aided by members of Peter, Bjorn and John, this tune makes the latest album glow even brighter.
“Turn It On” from Tonight: The drums in this song are so infectious that one cannot but help air pounding with its percussion.
“The Dark of the Matinee” from Franz Ferdinand: Fans quickly took to this single, which has become known as “Matinee.”
“No You Girls” from Tonight: In a typical twist, the song switches to address the boys who “will never know how the girls feel.”
“Evil Eye” from Right Thoughts Right Words Right Actions: It is the guitar work and the chorus (“some people got an evil eye on me”) that make this track so delicious.
“Twilight Omens” from Tonight: Kapranos showcases his highest pitch on the chorus to this single from the group’s best album.
“Do You Want To” from You Could Have It So Much Better: The sophomore album managed more chart success than the debut, thanks to singles like “Elenor” and this one.
“Bullet” from Right Thoughts Right Words Right Actions: The chorus, characteristically catchy, is short but captivating: “Never get your bullet out of my head, baby.”
“Send Him Away” from Tonight: Still another gem from what has become one of the best albums of the 21st century.