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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand: Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand (2004)
Sony Music Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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JOHNNY: I'm Johnny "the sharpshootin' wizard" Mozzleton. Welcome to the latest edition of --[audience shouts] "WHAT'S, THE, HYPE?!" You know the drill, folks, but here's a refresher; here at "What's the Hype?," we bring on some of the recent most hyped bands to determine whether or not it's justif.
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JOHNNY: I'm Johnny "the sharpshootin' wizard" Mozzleton. Welcome to the latest edition of --[audience shouts] "WHAT'S, THE, HYPE?!" You know the drill, folks, but here's a refresher; here at "What's the Hype?," we bring on some of the recent most hyped bands to determine whether or not it's justified! As you know, some of our shows hardly even end in actual determinations, but what's more fun than indecision and a group of contestants going home with nothing more than a boatload of potential?

Today, we have Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand in the studio. How are you guys doing?

ENTIRE BAND: [interlaced mumbling] Fine, thanks.

JOHNNY: That's great. Nicholas, I hear you're a classically trained pianist. Is this true?

NICK: It's just "Nick." And yes. I‚?¶I actually used to play dru–

JOHNNY: That's super. Alex, from what our researches have handed me, I see the band was named after the Austro-Hungarian archduke whose murder sparked World War I?

ALEX: Yes.

JOHNNY: Well, how did that come about?

NICK: Well, actually, we were all sitting around watching the horse races, and there was this one horse named The Archduke, and the conversation eventually rolled around to–

JOHNNY: That's fantastic. Well, before we get to the game‚?¶Richard, why don't you tell our fabulous guests what they can win!

["Price is Right"-esque bells and whistles]

RICHARD: Well, Johnny, the prize tonight is fantastic ‚?? a promise from Sony Records not to drop you when they decide to merge!

[maroon curtain opens to reveal greasy, three-piece-suit exec with gleaming smile and shiny new contract in hand, band casually shrugs and nods in agreement with each other]

JOHNNY: Spectacular! Alright, before we get to our game, let's go over the rules:

Each band member will pick a band from our "BIG BOARD" up here they think is key to the sound of Franz Ferdinand's self-titled album, and explain themselves to back it up. Our judges will then award points based on accuracy of pick and description, relevance of pick, and balance between whether the choice just influences Franz Ferdinand or provides the entire basis for their sound.

You must score 1000 points to qualify as appropriately hyped. You can score anywhere from 0-400 points per pick.

Let's begin!

Bob, why don't you pick first?

BOB: Sure. I'll take‚?¶[scans over board, passing The Walkmen, The Libertines, and, slowly, Hot Hot Heat] U2.

JOHNNY: Oooo, quite the interesting pick! Elaborate, Bob!

BOB: Well, if you listen to "Auf Ausche," when Alex croons the words "you see her, you can't touch her, you hear her, you can't hold her" with his 1985-era Bono smoothness, he could create mass crowds as if he was atop a building without a permit.

JOHNNY: Nice. Judges? [glances down] And our judges say‚?¶175 points. Although there is a definite U2 influence in "Auf Ausche," it doesn't quite prevail for the entirety of the album. Sorry, Bob. Paul, your pick?

PAUL: The Strokes.

JOHNNY: Of course. Go ahead.

PAUL: Well, just listen to us. We're raw pop‚?¶we exhibit that garage edge without sounding too underground, but with that playful riffing that makes you want to dance like you just listened to the last Modest Mouse album for the forty-eighth time. That fuzzy, casual style of the vocals, and friendly yet interesting hooks.

JOHNNY: True, true. Judges, what do you say? [glances down, raises eyebrows in shock] They said 150 points.

PAUL: What?!

JOHNNY: It's true that a Strokes comparison is circumstantiated, but the judges couldn't give you a great number of points based on the fact that this means your hype is created out of hype that isn't that old to begin with.

PAUL: It's not our fault we get lumped in with someone who was hyped a couple years ago as much as us.

JOHNNY: Sorry Paul, the judges have made their call.

PAUL: That's horseshit.

JOHNNY: [somewhat off to the side] Censors‚?¶could you get that? Thanks. [clears throat, faces band] You've got 325 points so far, you need 675 to qualify. Nick, how about your pick?

NICK: Well, I do like Interpol, but–

JOHNNY: Interpol it is!

NICK: No, I–

JOHNNY: Describe it!

NICK: Damn it. Well, I like Interpol‚?¶but I don't really think we sound much like them though‚?¶

ALEX: We don't. Pick something else.

JOHNNY: That's my call‚?¶Nick, make your real pick.

NICK: [boyishly smiles] Talking Heads.

JOHNNY: Elaborate.

NICK: We all definitely own some Talking Heads records, and, although I don't think a new wave influence is that prevalent in our music, the vocals definitely have that stutter-step, stern-look flow to them, especially in the single "Take Me Out," with that cool tempo change in the beginning. "Cheating on You" is further proof.

JOHNNY: [sighing] Judges? 300 points. They said you use them as a swell influence while hardly ripping them off in any sort of manner, blah blah blah. [rolls eyes] Terrific. [perks up suddenly] Well, you need 375 points to win it! What it'll it be Alex?

ALEX: None of these.

JOHNNY: None? I'm not sure we can give you points if–

ALEX: Look, Johnny. It's unfortunate that we deal with these half-assed comparisons on a daily basis, but the truth is, we don't really sound like them. We're wiry, catchy, rhythmical, energetic, and passionate. We combine garage, indie rock, and dance hall vibes like it was our job. Well, scratch that, it is our job. Have you heard "Michael?" We literally spit the words in your face. That's all.

JOHNNY: Wow. Well, we'll see what the judges have to say‚?¶[background drum roll] and‚?¶our judges say‚?¶375 points! They awarded the number ironically, solely basing it on your unwillingness to comply with the rules on a guess that would've lost you the game for sure. But you finish with 1000 points regardless, and Franz Ferdinand can be crowned as appropriately hyped‚?¶barely. Congratulations on your narrow victory, and we'll see you all next time on everyone's favorite game show–

[concluding audience shouts]

"WHAT'S ‚?? THE ‚?? HYPE?!"

 

 
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Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

slightly worse than death

Imposs1ble (August 13, 2004)

Why is it that everyone on this site feels that all the musicians in the world inspire to be punk rockers?

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

They got a couple good songs, but they arent really punk.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Hey, at least most punk bands sound as if they mean it. Franz Ferdinand stink of wanting fame/money/etc.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

Yeah, I'll take good ol' cutting edge punk rock music any day. Ya cynical bastard

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

There's something inrinsically annoying about this band's music. I can't be bothered with going on about the whole musical necrophilia thing... you know, fucking the corpses of long dead musical eras. There's no point.

The thing is, they make cheap, throwawy trash music, and not even the good kind. I don't see how the fuck anyone could dance to Franz Ferdinand, unless it involves lifting your leg up off the ground every so often. It's cynical and calculated, heartless, and in large doses, near enough soul-destroying.

I'm pissed that as soon as some new band that relies mainly on faux-indie posturing and NME hype to get by appears, they're hailed as geniuses by the music press. This shit has got to stop.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

I wouldn't expect a bunch of cynical "punks" reading this review to actually be able to put aside all of the hype bullshit this band has received. From the posts below it seems that if a band isn't the absolute epitome of cutting edge and innovation then they are automatically a "shitty" band. Shut the fuck up about how the band isn't creating anything new and enjoy yourselves for once. This is a solid record.

boldredletters (June 29, 2004)

everyone knows that world war i started because there was a deep and complex alliance system involving every major european nation. hence, when one nation declared war, the rest followed suit - like dominoes.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

overrated and lame band

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

so, franz ferdinand's assassination didn't actually cause WWI. that's just what people who think they are smart like to claim. there were much deeper reasons. take a fucking course at a community college if you're going to try to impress people on the Internet.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

"Why the heck does everyone refer to bands like Franz Ferdinand and Modest Mouse as "indie"? For God' sake, both are on Sony!!!

Save that wonderful term for bands like Jets to Brazil and Engine Down. Thank you...."

What the hell? Remember that time Blake signed Jawbreaker to a major? AND THEY BOMBED?

Jets to Brazil is an independent band because they have no choice. The majors gave Jawbreaker a chance, and it didn't work. What makes you think Jets to Brazil (which is obviously the inferior of the two) would work out?

Face it, JTB isn't as "indie" as you like to think.

Icapped2pac (June 28, 2004)

Shit band, great review.

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

shitty review

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

and BSD continues to take himself too seriously

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

this is the type of record that's alright when you listen to 1 or 2 songs, but when you listen to the entire record it's just boring and monotonous

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

Why the heck does everyone refer to bands like Franz Ferdinand and Modest Mouse as "indie"? For God' sake, both are on Sony!!!

Save that wonderful term for bands like Jets to Brazil and Engine Down. Thank you....

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

impressive debut, but flawed. after several listens, some of the songs become completely uninteresting (see: Take Me Out). however, there are some brilliant moments. i haven't listened to the album in a while, (i bought it the week it came out, before you dickheads had time to write them off without listening to them, so shut up i made my mind up on the band before the hype machine got ahold of them) but "Michael" and "Back of the Matinee" stand out in my mind as really spectacular tracks.

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

goddamn serbians.

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

Lets not forget mobilization. And the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum. Those caused the war as well.

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

That is a shit and pretentious as hell review. Pull your head out of your arse.

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

I was using my natural bias of Serbians to justify the deaths of millions of men.

You're right. Germany industrializing and building up were the biggest reasons both world wars started.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

the black hand and the death of the archduke ferdinand were just the spark. germany, after the union of the states, had begun a rapid rise in industrialization and ship building which encroached upon british and french established enterprises. the old imperial empires were being threatened by the rise of germany and, to a lesser degree, italy. the causes of the first world war are too complicated to be placed upon one specific event.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

The Serbian Black Hand started WW1. A number of men were trying to kill him.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

Finally, a comment that didn't completely bash on the band. Thank you.

And yes, Sufjan Stevens is absolutely amazing.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

One of the best cds i've heard this year.

Doesn't top Interpol for me, but it's close to it.

Also, check out Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans for a great 2004 release

stratmanx (June 26, 2004)

"Franz Ferdinand started WWI"

You might say he was just a catalyst to a series of problems that existed which in turn led to the start of WWI.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

overrated dumb shit, soon to be last years fad

SilentStorms (June 26, 2004)

Great review, pretty decent record. Anyone who likes this stuff should check out Q and Not U. Lates

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

that's sarcasm fuckers
/ / / /

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

yea i agree with soybomb, i don't want to read creative reviews that manage to hold my attention longer than most the reviews on this site. stop trying to take cheap shots at franz ferdinand. what is there to mock them about? and i have to agree with the other kid who hated this review. i mean, i don't own a television set or a radio so i have no clue what this band sounds like.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

a new hype band! fuck it, only for softi kids until 12 years...

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

recycled bullshit garbage.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

this band sucks, the intro of their song that they have a video starts off good but then it gets shitty.

SOYBOMB (June 26, 2004)

Wow, so, guys, girls, whoever plans on submitting a review, please come to grips with the following:

If you're trying to apply for a position at Pitchforkmedia, hence the attempt at creative reviewing while taking jabs at the given band, understand that you're doing so at the expense of your own intelligence.

With that said,

This disc is awfully catchy.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

FortyMinutesWest (June 26, 2004)

That's because hardcore and punk bands are rarely passed off as "groundbreaking" or whatever.

But honestly, plenty of people complain about those type of bands not bringing anything innovative to the table.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

I like how when a band like this gets reviewed theres tons of comments about how theyre just like every other "rock reval" band..when theres really only a handful of those. But if a hardcore or punk band gets reviewed no one complains about the millions of other bands in the same genre.

anyways,,this cds pretty good. not great,but some of its really catchy.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

*zing* :P

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

"Let's start a band called Gavrillo Princip and take these bitches out"

Most witty, educated and appropriately worded comment ever. Props.

Good review, got your point across acurately and in a funny smart way.

Score is for the review and above comment combined. Gold.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

Franz Ferdinand instigated WW1.

Imposs1ble (June 25, 2004)

Fantastic album.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

"Let's start a band named Gavrilo Princip and take these bitches out."

or the black hand, that sounds tougher

but i actually don't think this album is that bad

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Great review.

I love how the one dude slowly skimmed over Hot Hot Heat. because yeah. total HHH ripoff, as far i'm concerned.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

if you're gonna trash this band for being unoriginal you might want to find something else to bitch about:

go listen to so cheesy screamo/nu-metal band whose name is a complete sentence and references death

or to some recycled skate punk

or to some emo

this shit isn't original at all, but then again name a band that's come out with something copletley original in the past 25 years, you won't come up with any

this is disco punk, extremely catchy tunes, extremely tight musianship, its worth a listen even if you don't like the whoel hipster movement

FortyMinutesWest (June 25, 2004)

"Me likee. And frankly I dont care if everyone else in the world likees too, me still likee"

Me likee bouncie! Me likee bouncie!

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

this shit is overhyped played out garage punk crap. there's nothing original about it at all.

i need more hardcore bands that sound exactly alike, awesome Exploited rip off punk bands, a new story of the year type band, and more lifetime cliched style bands.

i hate to break it to you, but there's nothing new under the sun.

kirbypuckett (June 25, 2004)

Excellent review Brian.

- Kirbo

_Sexy_Pants_ (June 25, 2004)

Ah, there's a good concept review. I heard their single today. The progression was a little wierd but I found myself humming it later.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Saw this band support Morrissey and my brother really likes them.

I can't stand them.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

this is a real shame, because i really wanted to know what this album sounds like. however, there's no way in fuck i'm gonna read though this review to find out.
from what i glanced at, your audition for pitchfork went pretty well, though.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

pardon me, i mean THREE times.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

"Me likee. And frankly I dont care if everyone else in the world likees too, me still likee.
-Greg"

Dude, considering you use the word "likee" (and i know it's not a typo since you used it twice), it's no wonder you like this lame-ass "music".

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

I think I heard this album early, when every other band with the same sound came out two years ago (ripping off the 60's and 70's).

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

imagine if you took "lost in the supermarket" by the clash and created a band out of it...that's what these guys sound like

given that, its pretty damn good, and live they're even better

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Their single's not very impressive. Reminds me quite a bit of all of the other metro-pop-rock with complete oblique lyrics.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

This band is way overrated and just another example of the British press falling all over themselves to anoint a new king of indie rock who'll be replaced in a month by an equally mediocre group. Don't believe me? Ask the Delgados, the Eels, Gay Dad, and Posh Spice.

greg0rb (June 25, 2004)

Me likee. And frankly I dont care if everyone else in the world likees too, me still likee.
-Greg

FortyMinutesWest (June 25, 2004)

Let's start a band named Gavrilo Princip and take these bitches out.

gladimnotemo (June 25, 2004)

Review = good.

I will probably buy this CD for 6 dollars one day....

thriceequalsgod (June 25, 2004)

probably your best concept review. I enjoyed it.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

what a good review, I'm impressed.

Eddie (June 25, 2004)

this band's pretty awesome.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

great review, never heard these guys but it just sounds like more of that garage rock hipster crap based on the review.

fuck em.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

First off, thought the review was pretty shitty.

Second, people are being way too hard on Franz Ferdinand...sure, they cashed in at JUST the right time, but can't you appreciate them for what they do? I'm getting sick and tired of "Take Me Out," yes, but the album's full of good tunes like "Darts of Pleasure," "Matinee," "Jacqueline," and "Come On Home" and it's just fun. Also, what's so evil about a band being hyped?

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (June 25, 2004)

Not really into this band, but great review, I liked how you sneaked in information about their name's origin etc as well as talked about the songs. Score's for the review.

notfeelingcreative (June 25, 2004)

It would almost be worth another world war I if someone would assasinate this band!

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

ugggggh i was at a keg party and someone threw this on...sucked.

pretty gay especially the "richard" song

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

gay review

opivykid (June 25, 2004)

Ohh man is this shit terrible. I think a "0" would fit in good here...

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