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Franz Ferdinand tell Late Night Tales via new mix LP

By | Published on Monday 28 July 2014

Franz Ferdinand

Oh look, it’s art-rock Archdukes Franz Ferdinand, back after a slight gap, and bearing news of a new compilation they’ve made as part of the ‘Late Night Tales’ series. It’s a pretty fine selection, as it happens, featuring a mix of tracks by the likes of R Stevie Moore, Can, Serge Gainsbourg, Oneohtrix Point Never and the CMU approved Liminanas.

Along rarer lines are Carrie Cleveland’s DIY take on go-to Northern Soul classic ‘Love Will Set You Free’, a trippy interpretation of Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’ by Cologne techno mensch Justus Köhncke, and, as is Late Night Tales tradition, a special commission by hosts Franz Ferdinand, who’ve done a cover of Jonathan Halper’s anti-hit ‘Leaving My Old Life Behind’.

And as a finale, Alex Kapranos reads a short story he’s written titled ‘Defibrillator’.

First, mind, here’s FF’s Paul Thompson with a not-so-short intro to the origins of the mix: “When we first got the band together I made Alex a tape for his car, an old Merc estate that we spent a lot of time in, going to and from rehearsal spaces and gigs. All of our gear and the four of us could (almost) comfortably fit inside”.

He continued: “It was all stuff I was listening to at the time, Dr Alimantado, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Plaid, Johnny Dangerous amongst others. An eclectic mix or completely random and disjointed depending on your outlook, it was representative of all our individual idiosyncrasies that merged to form the sound of the band, although I wasn’t aware of this at the time”.

And continued: “With this mix we tried to a similar thing, all of us selected the tunes, based on what we listen to on tour together and at home alone, any sustained moods or flows that occur are purely accidental”

And continued: “Oh yeah, the Merc estate got totalled and towed away with the tape still in the player”.

Finally, stand by for a sampler of all 20 tracks on the compilation, and a list of those tracks, aka a tracklisting, last of all.

Franz Ferdinand – Leaving My Old Life Behind
R Stevie Moore – I’m Only Sleeping
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Eighteen Is Over The Hill
Sandy Nelson – Let There Be Drums
Life Without Buildings – New Town
Can – Connection
The Liminanas – The Darkside
Ian Dury – Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3
Disco Dub Band – For The Love Of Money
Zapp – More Bounce To The Ounce
Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem Pour Un Con
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Disco Devil
James Brown – King Heroin
Carrie Cleveland – Love Will Set You Free
Paul McCartney & Wings – Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Five
Boards of Canada – Reach For The Dead
Oneohtrix Point Never – Zebra
Justus Köhncke – Old Man
American Spring – Sweet Mountain
Alex Kapranos – Defibrillator (Spoken Word)