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Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Albums: Alex Kapranos' Baker's Dozen
Ian Wade , August 19th, 2013 09:04

The Franz Ferdinand frontman distils his record collection into a top 13 favourite albums

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Back in 2003, 'Darts Of Pleasure' served notice of a bright, stylish and sexy new pop thing, with a manifesto that revolved around making girls dance and the drummer having his kit set up so the ladies could see him onstage. By the start of 2004, they were in both the top three of the single and album charts, with the anthem 'Take Me Out' and their universally acclaimed self-titled debut bagging that year’s Mercury Prize and selling over 3.6million copies as a jolly bonus.

The next year they were back, and abandoning Alex Kapranos’ original plan of calling all the albums Franz Ferdinand (apparently record companies and certain territories find this sort of thing a bit of a pain), and so You Could Have It So Much Better was born, topped the charts and gave birth to another array of fantastic singles such as 'Do You Want To'.

Then in 2009, they released a vague concept album in Tonight, loosely based around a night of partying and the morning after, which also had a dub companion in the rather splendid Blood ‘versions’ album.

Now in 2013, they are well and truly back. Back. BACK and rather than bang on about their every move, they decided to keep shtum this time around. We at the Quietus can “exclusively reveal” that the new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is a right stunner.

I popped down to the band’s Sausage Studios (amazing name) to encounter the chaps doing some promo pics and the like, and then sat down with Alex to discuss his 13 favourite records. A picture emerges of all the vital albums in his musical upbringing, and they also give a glimpse into the myriad of influences that, um, influenced him.

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is out on August 26 via Domino and Franz Ferdinand play the Brixton Electric tomorrow, Tuesday August 20th. Click on Alex's image below to begin scrolling through his choices

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Aug 19, 2013 3:18pm

Excellent point regarding the English vocals of Ayers, Barrett, Robyn Hitchcock, Bid etc. He's bang on, I miss that warm almost pastoral sound.

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Sean K
Aug 19, 2013 4:32pm

Good selection of records, though I'm a bit surprised that Josef K don't figure on here considering how close their sound was to early Franz Ferdinand...

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deepo
Aug 19, 2013 4:42pm

whatever happened to the mooted sparks/ff collaboration?
i think it was a mutually beneficial idea, but, hey ho, so it goes ...

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deepo
Aug 19, 2013 4:43pm

In reply to Sean K:

josef's younger brother, yeah?

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Sean K
Aug 19, 2013 6:23pm

In reply to deepo:

No relation to me... although when I first heard tracks off Josef K's 'Sorry for Laughing' I thought I might be listening to Franz Ferdinand's younger sibling

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Sean K
Aug 19, 2013 7:07pm

In reply to Sean K:

...elder sibling, rather..

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Sarah
Aug 19, 2013 9:11pm

Sean - for what it's worth, they did do a (bit of a ramshackle) cover of Josef K's Sorry for Laughing with Edwyn Collins and Malcolm Ross.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE2uAd0AGN0

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Martin Gordon
Aug 19, 2013 9:29pm

Yeah, he really got that rock band to play like an orchestra. Like, he said "Hey! Rock band! Play like an orchestra!" And they said "Righty-ho! We will do just that!" And they did!! "Groove that gaily coloured plastic bag all night long!" they (reputedly) also responded but, by then, it was too late.

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Bo Dudley
Aug 20, 2013 3:28pm

In reply to Martin Gordon:

"Mississippi Groover!"

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Martin Gordon
Aug 20, 2013 6:28pm

In reply to Bo Dudley:

You don't think any of this has anything to do with busty substances, do you?

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Bo Dudley
Aug 20, 2013 8:33pm

In reply to Martin Gordon:

Just people having a spot of the usual trouble I guess.

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Japers
Aug 21, 2013 3:37am

Not only was he one of the blessed muso inner circle to see Kraftwerk, he had a 'choice' which night to go to. Well la-de-da.

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Syd S
Aug 22, 2013 9:33am

What, no Josef K? The chap's made a career out of apeing them so 'The Only Fun In Town'
should be top of this list!

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egg
Aug 27, 2013 1:43pm

i'd have to say... the best of the beatles

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SY
Sep 4, 2013 4:33pm

In reply to egg:

Heh

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tHIcKPIGeoN
Sep 8, 2013 2:10pm

With many here mentioning Josef K,, I 'll take it a step further with Davey Henderson(Fire Engines/Win/Nectarine No.9/Sexual Objects). Henderson exuded swagger and biting humor above his contemporaries....... Alex owes quite a bit to Davey neh Bolan ;)

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