FRANZ FERDINAND | Sound & Vision

LYRICS:

Doo doo doo doo doo doo

Drifting into my solitude
Over my head

Don't you wonder sometimes
'Bout sound and vision

Blue, blue, electric blue
That's the colour of my room
Where I will live
Blue, blue

Pale blinds drawn all day
Nothing to read, nothing to say
Blue, blue

I will sit right down
Waiting for the gift of sound and vision
And I will sing
Waiting for the gift of sound and vision

Don't you wonder sometimes
'Bout sound and vision

Blue, blue, electric blue
That's the colour of my room
Where I will live
Blue, blue

I will sit right down
Waiting for the gift of sound and vision
And I will sing
Waiting for the gift of sound and vision

Drifting into my solitude
Over my head
INFORMATION:
x appears on:
Radio 1: Established 1967 (2007)

x Written by David Bowie.
Produced by Brian Higgins.
Mixed by Tim Powell.
Recording Engineers: Martin Smith, Nick Coler, Dario Dendi.
Guest Background Vocals: Girls Aloud.

x "Sound and Vision" was originally recorded by David Bowie and released in 1977.

x On Franz Ferdinand's version, Girls Aloud appear doing backing vocals. Alex Kapranos explains: "I asked Girls Aloud to do the famous 'doo doo doo doo doo doo' backing vocals on Sound And Vision. They were in the studio working on their own record so I went next door and asked them. They're pretty laid back so it was a music marriage made in heaven - the song worked really well."

x On the band's MySpace blog, Alex Kapranos wrote about recording the song: "It was a good laugh and ended up being pretty informal just the four of us playing live in Brian's living room and recording that way. Of course, it doesn't sound like the Bowie original (again I'm afraid it's untouchable) but that's not the point of this sort of thing is it? You're not trying to better the original, just bring a new angle to it and, well - have a bit of fun."

x "Sound and Vision" is the only song that came to life from Franz Ferdinand's collaboration with Xenomania's Brian Higgins.

REVIEWS:
x This cover is very similar to the original, but every aspect of the song is ratcheted up a few notches. I mean, the original is pretty cabaret, but this one is just a camp-fest. It's a bit of an afterthought tossoff, and I doubt they spent more than 15 minutes on it, but as long as I'm listening to a pisstake it's nice to hear an entertaining pisstake. Greg Fanoe

x I guess this is about as close a copy as they could manage, and it's not actually terribly offensive. Do you recall the Top Of The Pops and Hot Hits instant cover version albums of the time? I bet this tune sounded just like this version on one of those. Martin Skidmore

x The original version of this is shockingly overrated, so this cover's probably about equal - nicely playful but a bit meandering. A competent, but unthrilling rendition. I kept waiting for a "Take Me Out"-esque right turn in the tempo, but it just kept chugging along pleasantly at one pace. Reverent, but no more. Edward Oculicz

x Franz push Ziggy further into orbit with glossy synths and guitar distortion, yet maintain the meat and potatoes of the original. The subtle experiments, from Kapranos's layered vocals to even the cursory appearance from Girls Aloud, come together in a surprisingly clean and efficient fashion. Imran Siddiquee

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