Oh damn! Bet you thought these badbois were dead, din’t ya? Nah, they’ll keep plodding along ’til the end of time.
This time, we have general one-hit wonders Franz Ferdinand and their wonderful one-hit Take Me Out from their eponymous debut album. Check the song (no video ‘cus the dick’eds didn’t make it available in their OWN country) below:
From those opening cymbal crashes, it’s not hard to see why this is one of the biggest indie rock singles to come out of UK in the 00s. Probably one of my favourite intros in the genre, it slowly builds up with cymbals galore and brilliant distorted vocals. When we’re in cymbal heaven, the beat and tempo quickly smack on the brakes and we’re treated for a steady sounding but infectious catchy riff that defined the genre of indie/pop-rock in the early/mid 2000s. Seriously, this sucka was everywhere. Admittedly, I’m not sure how it did overseas, but it spread like the plague over here. As was the lyrical trend of the time, frontman Alex Kapranos sings about girls and going out with girls etc. etc. That being said, that hook will stick in your head for ages, I promise. This was one of my favourite songs as a kid so that nostalgia factor still sticks to it, if only slightly. However, rose-tinted glasses firmly in their case, I can still say it’s a great song today.
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations