Franz Ferdinand – Love Illumination

Love Illumination”

When you’re happy from a dream

Is it hard to work out what is real

Is the real over there

More vivid than here ever feels

We could love, we could love you

If you need somebody to love you

While you’re looking for somebody to love


Sweet love illumination

Sweet, sweet love elevation

Outside, fresh other side

But inside love, you will be alright

Sweet love illumination

Sweet, sweet love celebration

Got covered, reason term

But it’ll bring you up

You will be alright

It’s a black pool, bright light

Brighter than the light in your home

Well, you want to be loved

But nobody else seems to know

We could love, we could love you

If you need somebody to love you

While you’re looking for somebody to love



We could love, we could love you

If you need somebody to love you

While you’re looking for somebody to love

We’re all looking for somebody

We’re all looking for somebody to love


Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow. The band is composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals). The band has been nominated for several Grammy Awards. They have received two Brit Awards—winning one for Best British Group, and have won an NME Award. With their four studio albums, the band sold over three million albums worldwide in 2009.

To date, the band have released four studio albums: Franz Ferdinand (2004), You Could Have It So Much Better (2005), Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (2009) and Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013). In 2015, the band released a studio album alongside Sparks as the supergroup FFS, titled FFS. The band has also released several extended plays, numerous singles, a remix album of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand entitled Blood, and a DVD titled Franz Ferdinand.

Formation and Darts of Pleasure (2002–03)

Main article: Darts of Pleasure

The members of Franz Ferdinand played in various bands during the 1990s, including The Karelia, Yummy Fur, 10p Invaders, and Embryo. Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson met at a party and began a close friendship and played together in Yummy Fur, and subsequently teamed up to write songs. Around the same time, Kapranos taught his friend, Bob Hardy, how to play bass after being given a bass guitar by Mick Cooke of Belle & Sebastian. Kapranos met co-guitarist Nick McCarthy, who had returned to Scotland after studying jazz bass in Germany, in 2001. Franz Ferdinand’s longtime sound engineer is Michael Parker.

In May 2003 the band signed to Laurence Bell’s independent record label, Domino Records. The band had recorded an EP which they intended to release themselves; it was released by Domino as Darts of Pleasure in the latter part of 2003. The band won the “Phillip Hall Radar Award” at the NME Awards of 2004, announced in November 2003.

Franz Ferdinand and international breakthrough (2004)

The band performing in 2004

The band moved to Gula Studios in Malmö, Sweden, with Cardigans producer Tore Johansson to record their debut album. In January 2004 the single “Take Me Out”  reached No. 3 in the UK charts. The album,Franz Ferdinand, was released in early 2004, debuting at No. 3 in the UK Albums Chart in February 2004, and at No. 12 in the Australian album charts in April 2004. The album only reached the lowest levels of the Billboard 200 album charts in the US as of early 2004, but reached the top 5 of the indie rock chart and the Heatseeker chart for debut artists. After a couple of North American tours and heavy rotation of the “Take Me Out” video on MTV, the album eventually reached No. 32 on the Billboard 200 later in 2004, and sold over a million copies in the United States. Franz Ferdinand received a generally strong positive response from critics. NME rated it 9 out of 10, and said that the band was the latest in the line of art school rock bands featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roxy Music, the Sex Pistols, Wire, Travis, and Blur.

On 7 September 2004 the album was awarded the 2004 Mercury Music Prize. “Take Me Out” gained first place in the Australian Triple J Hottest 100 for 2004, winning more than twice the votes of the second-place entry, with This Fire and The Dark of the Matinee entering at No. 24 and No. 50 respectively. Franz Ferdinand won an Ivor Novello Award in 2004 and two BRIT Awards in 2005. The avant-garde music video for “Take Me Out” earned them aBreakthrough Video MTV Award. NME named Franz Ferdinand the best album of 2004, and placed it 38th on their 100 Best Albums of All Time list. The band performed “Take Me Out” as a live medley with Los Lonely Boys,Maroon 5, The Black Eyed Peas, and Gwen Stefani at the Grammy Awards of 2005, in which Franz Ferdinand was nominated for Best Alternative Album. “Take Me Out” was featured on the video games NHL 2005, Madden NFL 2005 and the breakthrough game Guitar Hero. The album has sold around 3.6 million copies worldwide.

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