Wednesday, 8 July 2015

FFS at the Bataclan Paris

There's always a good reason to catch up with Scotland's most Francophile band Franz Ferdinand, especially in the guise of FFS, where they collaborate with US new wave icons Sparks.

 Franz Ferdinand's French credentials are - for a band from Glasgow  - pretty much beond reproach. They've collaborated with Jane Birkin on the track A song for sorry angel on the Serge Gainsbourg tribute CD Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited.

 They've also worked with Marion Cotillard, recording the song The Eyes of Mars.

Sparks meanwhile, were close to working with legendary French director Jacques Tati on a film entitled Confusion in the late 70s, the Mael brothers playing two US TV executives brought in to to modernise a rural French station following the death of M. Hulot in a mix-up with a prop gun.

The film - probably one of cinema's most intriguing 'could have beens'   - was never made due to Tati's declining health and eventual death in 1982.

But you really need no justification to enjoy some razor sharp and stylish sounds on display in this live show.

The gig was filmed at Bataclan in Paris on June 26 and is available to watch until the end of December.

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