July 26, 2013 17:09

Controversial 'Blurred Lines' director to make the next Franz Ferdinand video

Diane Martel confirms she will direct promo for 'Evil Eye' single

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Diane Martel, the director who made Robin Thicke's not-safe-for-work video for 'Blurred Lines', has revealed that she is working on the video for Franz Ferdinand's next single.


Martel was behind the camera for the 'Blurred Lines' video which sees Thicke plus TI and Pharrell Williams surrounded by three topless models. The video has been criticised for being sexist and objectifying the women.

In an interview with Grantland, Martel defends the video and describes it as "meta". "I wanted to have beautiful bodies and crazy, fucked-up sets. I thought about cheap props, crappy fun stuff. The video is goofy and innocent. I was channeling Benny Hill and 1960s variety shows."

Discussing her forthcoming projects, Martel hints at working again with Miley Cyrus, with whom she recently made the video for her single 'We Can't Stop', as well as various other artists. "I’m doing the next Franz video for a great song called 'Evil Eye' and I’m excited about that. I have a few good ideas for some EDM videos where there would be no artists involved. I would love to work with Rihanna. I love Tyler, The Creator. I want to do more with Miley – we discussed doing a John Waters–style short film."

Earlier this week Franz Ferdinand unveiled the video for their new track 'Love Illumination'. Speaking about the video, the band called it: "absurdist horror pantomime choreography cross-dress frog-head bosom sparkle guillotine phew worra scorcha". The song is available now as a digital download or on double A-sided pink 7" vinyl with 'Right Action'.

Earlier this month, Franz Ferdinand unveiled the video for 'Right Action'. The track, produced by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor, is the lead single from the band's new album 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'. The record, which will be the band's fourth and is set to be released on August 26, will feature guest vocals from Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls and Todd Terje and Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John.

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