Just saying a song is an anthem doesn’t make it so. And it needs to be more than just an earworm. An anthem needs to capture the musical zeitgeist of the time, and the hearts of music lovers the world over. It doesn’t have to stand for something, but it does have to be so beloved that people want to stand up for it.
What happens when the second single your band ever releases becomes one of these rare anthems? A song that much of the western world knows intimately and will identify from its first few seconds. A song that threatens to forever be the piece of art you’ll forever be associated with, despite your next creative move.
In popular terms, Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand peaked at the start of their career. But it’s how they dealt with this immense success and the art they went on to make, that makes them one of modern indie rock’s most impressive bands.
Join Gemma Pike for the Franz Ferdinand J Files, Thursday 19 July from 8pm.
And scroll down to read all about Alex Kapranos' favourite Franz Ferdinand guitar riffs!