Franz Ferdinand - 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'

Franz Ferdinand - 'Right Thoughts, Right Words,...

There’s a line in ‘Fresh Strawberries’, the fifth track on Franz Ferdinand’s fourth album, that could be taken as a neat metaphor for a mid-noughties indie buzz band’s career. It goes, to a melody like Blur reworking ‘Penny Lane’:...

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This Week's Singles Reviewed - 2/05/11

This Week's Singles Reviewed - 2/05/11

Blue - 'I Can' Ah, Eurovision. That annual atrocity of laser-white teeth and tactical voting that so revels in strapping music to a seatless chair, drilling out its eyeballs with cheesy Balearic pop choruses, burning off its fingernails with...

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Album review: Franz Ferdinand - 'Blood'

Album review: Franz Ferdinand - 'Blood'

If you were merely whelmed by FF’s anaemic third, then this album of dub versions could be the infusion you’re looking for. Dan Carey was the ideal choice for remixing duties, having worked with old-school dub heroes Mad Professor and Lee...

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Live Review: Franz Ferdinand

Live Review: Franz Ferdinand

On the surface, Madrid seems much like any other modern metropolis. it's all too easy to get lost in the throng of life that transverses its wode boulevards, high-end eateries and designer boutique. But as NME approaches the Palacio De Deportes...

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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Still louche, still dancing, but this time they’re showing off some new moves Album number one: “music to make girls dance”. Album number two: “music for girls to cry to”. Album number three, in your own (abridged) words Mr Kapranos?...

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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Raised eyebrows? Check. Elegantly stamped foot? Check. Arch grins all round? Big check. But this time the wry smirks are because Franz have done what Franz do best and written a hook so big you could dangle France off it, but taken latent ’80s...

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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Our latest little glimpse of the lesser-spotted Franz Ferdinand is in a suitable place – a sweaty, packed nightclub. After all, frontman Alex Kapranos did recently state that just-completed new album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’ was “music...

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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Weird year for Glasgow’s prodigals so far: a handful of club shows, Latitude’s politely received set… that’s it. What’s brewing? The answer: a Stooges beat, some laser-synth stun-guns borrowed from Mars Attacks!, some bhangra tabla. All...

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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

It’s a lot warmer in here than at the Ice Arena where we played last time,” says Alex Kapranos, wiping sweat from his fringe. “In every sense of the word.” Everybody crammed inside the tiny little Adelphi tonight can testify to the...

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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Franz put on some oversized French new-wave glasses, smoke an elegant cigarillo, and pull out the synthesizer for a very serious bit of film soundtracking. Not sure about the film in question, but it’s probably about a young boy’s sexual...

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