Fourteen years ago, the Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand released the song “Take Me Out,” which is still an indie rock staple to this day. With a real steady backbeat and driving guitar licks, Franz Ferdinand make sturdy indie-rock funk music with simple lyrics, such as “I say don’t you know, you say you don’t know, I say take me out.”
Like the next generation of Jet, Franz Ferdinand operated under the idea that if it had a decent groove and a vague enough yet still catchy and cool phrase for the song, that it would work perfectly, and for a while that’s exactly how it went. Their next hits, “Do You Want To” and “No You Girls,” followed a similar theme as “Take Me Out,” with a guy and a girl who are both sheepish yet very direct in their use of language. The lyrics to “Do You Want To” went: “Well do you/Do you/Do you want to/Well do you/Do you/Do you want to/Want to go where I’d never let you before?”
Now, in 2018, a whole nine years since “No You Girls,” and “Take Me Out” another five before that, the band has returned with “Feel the Love Go,” a song that sounds like a computer analyzed Franz Ferdinand music and lyrics and then spit out a product in its most simplest form. Even more so, “Feel the Love Go” sounds like your Dad’s best recollection of a Franz Ferdinand song, even though he hasn’t heard one of their songs since “No You Girls” was on the radio back in 2009.
“Feel the Love Go” starts out with the most electronic synth and drum kit work from the band yet, though it still has those driving quarter notes. It’s a sound and digital music feeling that your Dad might hyperbolize thinking everything that was once rock, like “Take Me Out,” has since turned into this.
Lead singer Alex Kapranos then sings the lines “Hey, what’s that thing that you’re doing?/What’s that thing that you do?” like someone who hasn’t tried to pick up a girl he’s never met in years. The sentiment is further emphasized with the odd melodic choice and inflection of the chorus’ “Why don’t you come over here?”
It’s almost as if all your Dad remembered about Franz Ferdinand is that they somehow seemed really good at getting women to come home with them even though their methods and tactics were never explained. On “Take Me Out,” the simple declaration of someone being asked to take them out was all it took, and on “Do You Want To,” it was basically the same exact scenario except in the form of a question instead of a exclamation.
Here on “Feel the Love Go,” Kapranos repeats “Why don’t you come over here?” with the enthusiasm of the Festrunck Brothers, like your Dad trying to remember the vague phrases that might’ve registered as potential Franz Ferdinand lyrics to repeat in the chorus. It’s almost too bizarre of a song for it to feel like Franz Ferdinand parodying themselves, or even reverting into the monotony of their simplest selves. If anything, the uncanny “Feel the Love Go” has that quality that only the corniest of fathers could accidentally create.
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