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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Franz Ferdinand charted with “Take Me Out”: January 31, 2004

Originally posted January 31, 2013.


Writer(s): Alex Kapranos/Nicholas McCarthy (see lyrics here)

First charted: 31 January 2004

Peak: 66 US, 3 UK, 3 MR (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.1 US, -- UK, 1.1 world

Radio Airplay (in millions): 0.2 Video Airplay (in millions): 6.35


Review: The grunge that ruled the ‘90s gave way to the “retro garage-punk [that] emerged as the predominant strain of post-millennial rock music in 2001.” PF American bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes were leading the way, leaving “Britain’s indie aristocracy looking bloated, boring, and irreversibly out-dated.” SY However, this was more serious-minded music, making one thing clear: “rockers forgot how to dance.” PD

“Aspiring buzz bands realized that, down on the disco floor, they could really make their profits” PF and “with one song the Empire struck back.” SY Franz Ferdinand “brought the groove back to indie rock.” PD “‘Take Me Out’ crams every known Britpop trick into its fevered four minutes.” SY These Scottish rockers “took a certain strain of cooler-than-thou, spiky post-punk,” MX gave it a dose of “Beatlesque fluency,” SY “and gave us permission to dance to it.” MX It is “effortlessly arty and deliciously fun, at the same time.” NME’09

The song “a crowdpleaser that doesn’t sound out of place blasting during half-time at an NBA game.” PE but is still “a smash hit that was still cool for the indie kids to love.” PE It may be “the most surefire winner any DJ can have in his repertoire.” NME’09 “After a tense build-up…‘Take Me Out’ sounds ready to blast off; instead, Franz pull an aesthetic 180 and slow it down into a militaristic, libidinous funk stomp.” PF “This mod guitar stomp rules any bar where the girls feel like dancing,” RS’09 but is “still heavy enough to lure in those girls’ jock boyfriends.” PF It “remains one of the most satisfying moments in guitar-pop this decade has produced.” DS

Lead singer “Alex Kapranos’ arch delivery and the song’s ambiguous meaning (was it about being taken out like a date, or about being taken out, like…killed?)” PD gave the song an added curiosity factor. In addition, “the innovative accompanying video won MTV’s Breakthrough Video of the Year and the Q Awards’ Video of the Year.” AB’00


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