Release Date: Mar 9, 2004
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
January is rock and pop's own equivalent of the silly season. Cast into penury by Christmas excess, the general public stays away from record shops; the singles chart becomes the playground of the obsessive fan and the oddball. This year is no exception. Michelle appears to be at number one largely because people feel sorry for her, not because her single is any good.
Ever since American sailors began befouling Liverpool harbor with imported rock and R&B LPs, the English have been throwing our own music back at us in anglified form. From the Rolling Stones’ “blues” rock, to the blue-eyed soul of Van Morrison, the Brits seem to have an uncanny knack for synthesizing American influences, and more often than not, improving on the source. Such a process seems to be occurring on the self-titled debut album from Glasgow’s much-hyped Franz Ferdinand, who draw primarily upon American New Wave acts (Talking Heads, Blondie, Television) and their modern day would-be heirs (the Strokes, Interpol, the Rapture).