Franz Ferdinand totally sucks...

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If anything, I'd say they owe more to Interpol than the Strokes. They certainly seem to have more to say and more imaginative ways to say it than the Strokes do. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the Strokes, but they don't seem to have much fun in the presentation of their art. By contrast, Franz Ferdinand certainly do.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 24 January 2004 21:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Big Talking Heads influence, which can't be a bad thing.

Just about *every* band who ever admits to/talks about a Talking Heads influence is better than the Talking Heads themselves, I've found. So this is quite a recommendation!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 24 January 2004 22:38 (fifteen years ago) link

morgan geist rmx sounds a bit meh, disappointingly

prima fassy (bob), Saturday, 24 January 2004 23:44 (fifteen years ago) link

BOO TO YOU NED. I just bought a used LP of Fear of Music (along with Miss E: So Addictive and a Carmen McRae album where she covers Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed") and I will play it loudly in amiable yet rebellious defiance of your haterism.

nate detritus (natedetritus), Sunday, 25 January 2004 00:14 (fifteen years ago) link

(a McRae album, I should add, that the AMG Jazz Snob Mafia doesn't appear to like.)

nate detritus (natedetritus), Sunday, 25 January 2004 00:15 (fifteen years ago) link

haha she covers eric carmen's "all by myself" too!

aleksandr supertramp (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 25 January 2004 00:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Am I the only one who's noticed that the singer sounds exactly like David Gedge?

JoB (JoB), Sunday, 25 January 2004 00:52 (fifteen years ago) link

BOO TO YOU NED.

It's true! I only like a few singles by them -- mostly for nostalgia -- and I've never cared enough to listen any further. It's like they have all these reasonably good elements and put them together in a way that annoys.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 25 January 2004 01:38 (fifteen years ago) link

If you think they sound like The Strokes, then you need to get your shit together, sure maybe the first :30 of "Take Me Out" might sound a little bit, but The Strokes have never come up with anything half as tuneful as "Take Me Out." It's so much more a Josef K, Talking Heads, Blondie, Orange Juice, Fall thing.

fuck off,

Hector

Hector Savage, Sunday, 25 January 2004 05:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Hector OTM.

I can't believe it's taken this long on this thread for anyone to mention Josef K. They also remind me in many ways of The Yummy Fur (not the aussie one), which is perhaps not surprising considering the groups share two members.

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Sunday, 25 January 2004 19:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Hector OTM except Franz Ferdinand are still not all that. I get the impression that what they're trying to do is very good but their execution of it sadly isn't.

The Lex (The Lex), Sunday, 25 January 2004 19:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I've only heard one song, but so far I like.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 25 January 2004 21:19 (fifteen years ago) link

I thought they sounded like Josef K on the first EP. And a tiny bit like Momus on Van Tango. Not so much on the new one, it's too tight and in tune.

Ferrrrrrg (Ferg), Sunday, 25 January 2004 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I will listen to the album later and provide an important and gripping insight into what I think it sounds a bit like in places.

Ferrrrrrg (Ferg), Sunday, 25 January 2004 21:23 (fifteen years ago) link

they used to be in the yummy fur ? but the yummy fur were quite good!

my friend's quote at w/e was "franz ferdinand ? more like les ferdinand".

not funny, but nor are they.

fletcher dexter, Sunday, 25 January 2004 22:36 (fifteen years ago) link

i hear they're supposed to be much better live than on record. so far i've got the Darts of Pleasure EP and like it a bit, so if the above is true, i'll be quite happy if i get to see them. and they'll be here in March. so. :)

janni (janni), Monday, 26 January 2004 04:32 (fifteen years ago) link

From a semi-attentive first listen, the single is the the best thing on the album by quite some distance.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Monday, 26 January 2004 11:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I randomly saw them at T in the Park last year on the wee bands stage and quite liked them in their angular pop music stompy disco german-ness. The ToTP performance was cool in its complete lack of polish; they did try to do moves together but didn't really pull it off. Best of all is their miniature gay Jim Carey/Kyle MacLachlan guitar player. Quite entertaining in a big headed sorta way.

Does anyone else find it really bizarre that they are in the top 5?

hmmmm, Monday, 26 January 2004 12:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Franz Ferdinand - if The Strokes could play their instruments a bit better.

Stupid (Stupid), Monday, 26 January 2004 13:25 (fifteen years ago) link

they would be a lot more boring

stevem (blueski), Monday, 26 January 2004 13:26 (fifteen years ago) link

So, if supposedly The Strokes sound JUST like VU/Television, and Franz Ferdinand sounds EXACTLY like The Strokes, why did we cut out the middle man and say Franz Ferdinand sounds like VU/Television?

Oh right, because they don't.

LiquidTide (LiquidTide), Monday, 26 January 2004 14:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I can't see the link between FF and the strokes, really (and I like both...maybe I AM the missing link then !?)
FF haven't released an album yet, have they ?

AleXTC (AleXTC), Monday, 26 January 2004 14:48 (fifteen years ago) link

The Strokes would never sully themselves with anything as vulgar as a tempo change.

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Monday, 26 January 2004 14:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Franz Ferdinand sound like Television.

There.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 26 January 2004 15:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Ummm....no they don't.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 26 January 2004 15:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Neither FF nor the strokes sound like television...they wish !

AleXTC (AleXTC), Monday, 26 January 2004 15:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Franz Ferdinand sound like Cud or Thousand Yard Stare.

Phoebe Dinsmore, Monday, 26 January 2004 15:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Well I like Cud, but TYS...that's a pretty cold insult.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 26 January 2004 16:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Still haven't heard FF. I hope they sound like Thousand Yard Stare. TYS were extremely underrated. You've obviously never heard Comeuppance.

MarkH (MarkH), Monday, 26 January 2004 22:08 (fifteen years ago) link

TYS had at least two great songs

the surface noise (electricsound), Monday, 26 January 2004 22:29 (fifteen years ago) link

0-0 After Extra Time, Wideshire....

MarkH (MarkH), Monday, 26 January 2004 22:29 (fifteen years ago) link

"So, if supposedly The Strokes sound JUST like VU/Television, and Franz Ferdinand sounds EXACTLY like The Strokes, why did we cut out the middle man and say Franz Ferdinand sounds like VU/Television?
Oh right, because they don't.

-- LiquidTide"

Nobody is saying anyone sounds EXACTLY like anyone else.

Stupid (Stupid), Monday, 26 January 2004 22:36 (fifteen years ago) link

i disagree with Tico's view on tempo changes naturally - 'Batdance', 'Bo Rap' and er, 'I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do For That)' all cases in point

stevem (blueski), Monday, 26 January 2004 22:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Stupid, read the first line of this thread. as well as all of the old Strokes threads. I finally got a copy of this album today. I actually wouldn't compare them to the Strokes at all. Except for the fact that you, you know, guitars, bands, cute boys, 4/4 time.

LiquidTide (LiquidTide), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 00:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Okay. Fine. I'M not saying that. I'M saying they sound remarkably similar, and are extremely dull in EXACTLY the same way that The Strokes are.

I hate it when people claim band a doesn't sound like band b simply because everyone else is saying they do. Sometimes, everybody says something because it's so fucking obvious...

Stupid (Stupid), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 01:23 (fifteen years ago) link

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nate detritus (natedetritus), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 01:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I dunno if it sounds like the Strokes, who I've pretty well managed to avoid, but it sure sucks ass.

Enrique (Enrique), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 10:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Thousand Yard Stare were awful.

flowersdie (flowersdie), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 11:04 (fifteen years ago) link

I guess i'm just not used to ILMers so openly deluding themselves.

and how long have you been posting here? it's practically all that happens here.

Dave Stelfox (Dave Stelfox), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 13:24 (fifteen years ago) link

oh we're not so bad

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 13:30 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm probably including myself in this, too, btw

Dave Stelfox (Dave Stelfox), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 13:31 (fifteen years ago) link

FF = a little = Television.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 13:32 (fifteen years ago) link

They're boring, I'm amazed that many people are clamouring for okish indie rock

Silly Sailor (Andrew Thames), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 13:32 (fifteen years ago) link

that that that

Silly Sailor (Andrew Thames), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 13:33 (fifteen years ago) link

surely they are the first band ever band to have been influenced by the monochrome set that hasn't actually included members of the monochrome set? this cannot be all bad. also really i must say they sound nothing like any band mentioned on this thread with the exception of josef k.

cw (cww), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 17:42 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

From: Katie
Date: Mar 11, 2004 08:49 PM
Subject: Franz Ferdinand!! (soo rockin!)
Body: Ok, so my good friend turned me onto this new band Franz Ferdinand. And may I say... freakin' AWESOME!! It has been so long since I heard songs sooo good and sooo rockin' that I have to blast it and actually jump around and dance and shake my booty! Seriously, this band rocks, and I mean that cool old fashioned funk edgey raw type of rock, with the catchiest hooks, but pure music all the way thru. An album that will make your head bop and foot tap involuntarily, for sure. Everyone should run out and buy it NOW!! You will NOT be dissappointed!

OMG ROCKIN' SHUT UP AND DIE

LITTLE LAMB [Jon Williams] (ex machina), Saturday, 13 March 2004 20:42 (fifteen years ago) link

errr stupid pre tag

From: Katie
Date: Mar 11, 2004 08:49 PM
Subject: Franz Ferdinand!! (soo rockin!)
Body:
Ok, so my good friend turned me onto this new band Franz Ferdinand. And may I say... freakin' AWESOME!! It has been so long since I heard songs sooo good and sooo rockin' that I have to blast it and actually jump around and dance and shake my booty! Seriously, this band rocks, and I mean that cool old fashioned funk edgey raw type of rock, with the catchiest hooks, but pure music all the way thru. An album that will make your head bop and foot tap involuntarily, for sure. Everyone should run out and buy it NOW!! You will NOT be dissappointed!

OMG ROCKIN' SHUT UP AND DIE

LITTLE LAMB [Jon Williams] (ex machina), Saturday, 13 March 2004 20:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Let me guess, she beat you at Risk, then sent you this.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 13 March 2004 20:44 (fifteen years ago) link

She will *never* beat me at Risk or Scrabble.

LITTLE LAMB [Jon Williams] (ex machina), Saturday, 13 March 2004 20:48 (fifteen years ago) link

hey everyone i have the answer.

Strokes, VU, Franz Ferdinand and Television sound like:

SHIT!

Pablo Cruise (chaki), Saturday, 13 March 2004 21:24 (fifteen years ago) link

I have Deep House Party Volume 3!!!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Sunday, 24 October 2004 23:03 (fifteen years ago) link

I see 2 or 3 FF shirts at every dumb party.

Also, they are better than Nickelback.

sometimes i like to pretend i am very small and warm (ex machina), Sunday, 24 October 2004 23:22 (fifteen years ago) link

is it good spencer!!!@

\(^o^)/ (Adrian Langston), Sunday, 24 October 2004 23:26 (fifteen years ago) link

I like the majority of the songs on their self-titled, but I can't agree that it's as consistant as either of the Strokes releases.

billstevejim, Monday, 25 October 2004 03:32 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
So this week the overrated Franz Ferdinand are being advertised on TalkSport radio.

The Scottish person doing the narrative marketing speak sounds like Edwyn Collins.

Can anyone confirm that it is Edwyn Collins !

DJ Martian (djmartian), Thursday, 11 November 2004 17:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, Edwyn Collins did the voiceover for a BBC SCotland Franz docu that was on last week, so it might just be him.

stew, Thursday, 11 November 2004 17:22 (fifteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
franz ferdinand are to funky for this site.

Well do ya do ya do ya wanna, wanna go... where i've never let you before?

jimmy jims, Saturday, 1 October 2005 20:07 (fourteen years ago) link

No.

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Saturday, 1 October 2005 20:20 (fourteen years ago) link

they are letting out some of their yummy fur.

keyth (keyth), Saturday, 1 October 2005 23:44 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...
yes, they DO suck.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Monday, 5 December 2005 10:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Franz who ?

snowballing (snowballing), Monday, 5 December 2005 10:31 (fourteen years ago) link

you know, the archduke.

mies van der rohffle (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 5 December 2005 10:59 (fourteen years ago) link

for a minute there, i thought that it was franz ferdinand fanon ...

Eisbär (llamasfur), Monday, 5 December 2005 11:09 (fourteen years ago) link

best bump in a while

blunt (blunt), Monday, 5 December 2005 12:10 (fourteen years ago) link

What do they look like?

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Monday, 5 December 2005 12:11 (fourteen years ago) link

The second album really hasn't happened for them, has it?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 5 December 2005 12:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Well, in the way shit happens...

Hat (Hat), Monday, 5 December 2005 13:42 (fourteen years ago) link

4 nights at alexandra palace is a strange definition of career crisis

cw (cww), Monday, 5 December 2005 14:34 (fourteen years ago) link

p.s. which one of them was in the yummy fur? they were loads of fun.

cw (cww), Monday, 5 December 2005 15:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Franz Ferdinand are great when they do indeed not sound like The Strokes, like on "Eleanor Put Your Boots On".

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Monday, 5 December 2005 15:39 (fourteen years ago) link

Geir Hongro relentlessly OTM on this thread.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 5 December 2005 19:10 (fourteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

today i learned that ferdinand zvonimir maria balthus keith michael otto antal bahnam leonhard von habsburg-lothringen instagrammed his solo caravanning holiday in margate: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17962143535263359/

mark s, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 15:46 (five months ago) link


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