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Franz Ferdinand — 40 Feet
Album: Franz Ferdinand
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Released: 2004
Length: 3:21
Plays (last 30 days): 3
As i glance once upon the foam
40 feet beneath my feet
The coldest calm falls
Through the molten veins
Cooling all the blood to slush
That congeals around the brain

La la la

40 feet remain

Salt scales upon my drying arms
Burn my back beneath the burning rays
Lookingdown, looking down
Down, down again

La la la

40 feet remain
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 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

FF definitely had a predictably short 'shelf life' and similar to the fate of the Kaiser Chiels -  too 'hip' and relying on popular culture to love them - or leave them which they surely did.



Just because you don't listen to them anymore doesn't mean the same goes for everyone. 
They still have about 4 times more monthly listeners on Spotify (and that's not counting the records, and Youtube) than Cliff Richard and 3 times more than Jethro Tull. 
They were not too hip, you were too old :p
 sunnyS wrote:


Looks pretty awesome, tbh   https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
 tinypriest wrote:
Why aren't these f*ckers actually German? Any German bands with names like Tartan Shirt Prancers?
 If you believe or not, there  are educated Britons who know who was FF,
by the way, FF was Austrian:)


Why aren't these f*ckers actually German? Any German bands with names like Tartan Shirt Prancers?
The great album track that new folk need introducing to, and fans need reminding of - Classic Radio Paradise. Thanks guys.
 aspicer wrote:
I remember first hearing this band/album and thought they were interesting and had potential;  however, it really has not held up for me.  I tend to just PSD it now.  Novel at the time....
 

Finally figured out what the "psd" stands for.  always just referred to it as the "next button.
I remember first hearing this band/album and thought they were interesting and had potential;  however, it really has not held up for me.  I tend to just PSD it now.  Novel at the time....
Did Bill just show me 40 feet?
 kazoo wrote:
Farty feet remain?
 
 Fosse feet remain
Farty feet remain?
FF definitely had a predictably short 'shelf life' and similar to the fate of the Kaiser Chiels -  too 'hip' and relying on popular culture to love them - or leave them which they surely did.
 Mugro wrote:
meatbee wrote:
Definitely a flash in the pan, 10 years from now they won't receive play in a "remember the OO's" retrospective. I can barely tell the difference between them and other rockers like Interpol or The Killers. One more comment; does anyone else hear a trace of disco in their songs? :-&

 


So far, there is not much to remember about "00s music", so good luck in building that retrospective. I guess it will be a short retrospective. 20 years from now, when bands/culture is trying to imitate the music/culture of 2000s, what will they do? Try real hard to be as boring as possible?

if you are referring to (pop)rock music of 00's than you are correct, nothing much has happened on the commercial side. but there are a lot of inventive bands that are still worth re-visiting.
rock music is loosing the battle currently. other styles are ruling the commercial charts and among average listeners playlists, and that's totally fine if you look at music as a whole
 MassivRuss wrote:
WRONG wiki page! 
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Ferdinand_(band)
WRONG wiki page! 
When this first came out I was working in a warehouse, unloading (40-foot-long) shipping containers. For me, it'll always be an upbeat work-song, regardless of what the lyrics were intended to be about.
I still think that this is an amazing song from a truly fantastic debut record. There was nothing like it at the time, nothing like it today...
 afrixluvguy wrote:
Always remind me of Talking Heads. Down to the thin David Byrne looking guy. Pardon my ignorance. {#Angel}
 
reminds me of the Kinks
Whatever happened to this band?
 Proclivities wrote:

On average, over 4.3 million people ride the NYC subway system per day (over 5 million on weekdays) - that is more than the combined populations of Houston and Philadelphia.
 
I believe that figure is rides, and not people (as it's almost impossible to track people), so considering lots of us ride both to and from work, plus any other excursions our unlimited monthly passes allow, the total number of people is likely less than half of that.

Still, I'll chip in from experience, a LOT of people ride the subway in NYC.
Originally thought these guys were interesting and going to be special and innovative. I was very optimistic, but now find their music kind of annoying and lost all interest.  {#Yawn}
Farting feet remain?
40 feet "La la la"
Always remind me of Talking Heads. Down to the thin David Byrne looking guy. Pardon my ignorance. {#Angel}
Very nice! I like FF very much! PLease more!
The "la la la la" is a little annoying, but it's a catchy tune.
 ElSupreme wrote:


...Also our subways wont get bombed, mostly because we have a handful of them and nobody rides them...
 
On average, over 4.3 million people ride the NYC subway system per day (over 5 million on weekdays) - that is more than the combined populations of Houston and Philadelphia.

 garycha wrote:
Overrated but OK'ish.
 
Right there with you. 

Overrated but OK'ish.
 Stingray wrote:


DISCOOOOO...?

Either you never been in a disco,
or, more likely,
you have never seen FF
 
Well said. Nothing to add except my applause.{#Clap}

 Exene wrote:
Disco is back...and it sounds...fantastic.
 

DISCOOOOO...?

Either you never been in a disco,
or, more likely,
you have never seen FF
 In 2007, meloman wrote:

The housing market hasn't collapsed yet, but that sub-prime pee stain is about to spread to the whole bed sheet (if you'll pardon the unpleasant imagery).
 
So, did you get any nice prizes for accurately predicting the future?

Disco is back...and it sounds...fantastic.
Massive fun!

More Franz on RP please!
These guys are a total blast.  Bring it on!


Funny name and makes me standing 40 feet under the ocean riding a whale.
Ooooh, I love these guys and I missed it, damn!
9 9 so sublime
rconway wrote:
Just five seconds into hearing this song for the first time, and my toe was tapping and the thought "How cool an intro is that?!?!" ran through my head. Instant 6.
Moi Aussi!! :dancingbanana: :drummer: insta-8
slartibart_O wrote:
Agreed. Their videos are awesome bauhausian madness and they play the hound out of their guitars live. Alas; they may be too cool for the general ADS masses to embrace beyond the initial Take Me Out. I think they are wrongly lumped with Interpol and Modest Mouse both which chilled me rather quickly after seeing them attempt to play live. Franz can pull it off.
definitely agree. I would really like to hear more of them on RP. This song is one of my faves though. Man, I wish "The Fallen" didn't have such cryptic and debatable/controversial lyrics or I would upload. Incredible tune I think. "...play the hound out of their guitars live." Is pretty accurate. So is "...awesome bauhausian madness..." I think. lol 2X
lathyris wrote:
These guys are cool and fun. Sure'd be nice if we could hear more of 'em!
Agreed. Their videos are awesome bauhausian madness and they play the hound out of their guitars live. Alas; they may be too cool for the general ADS masses to embrace beyond the initial Take Me Out. I think they are wrongly lumped with Interpol and Modest Mouse both which chilled me rather quickly after seeing them attempt to play live. Franz can pull it off.
:bananajam: :bananajumprope: :bananapiano: :bananasplit: :dancingbanana_2: :bananajam:
These guys are cool and fun. Sure'd be nice if we could hear more of 'em!
Just five seconds into hearing this song for the first time, and my toe was tapping and the thought "How cool an intro is that?!?!" ran through my head. Instant 6.
jpfueler wrote:
Methinks you've nailed it How goes the Holistic Investigations?
...and what about the electric monk? :cowboy:
DirkGently wrote:
I think I know what you are referring to cause I did the same thing. How bout...Gorillaz. That little noodly synth sound.
Methinks you've nailed it How goes the Holistic Investigations?
Hannio wrote:
Misery loves company, eh melo?
I don't understand. What do you mean?
ElSupreme wrote:
Maybe, I can see most of that but our housing market wont collapse, it will rather go into a prolonged recession. Also our subways wont get bombed, mostly because we have a handful of them and nobody rides them. Now interstate overpasses are another thing. Oh and the greenback tanking, I really see that one coming but not for another few years, when our deficit is even larger, due to Iran et al., and Japan, China, and Europe start calling in debts.
The housing market hasn't collapsed yet, but that sub-prime pee stain is about to spread to the whole bed sheet (if you'll pardon the unpleasant imagery).
Haven\'t heard this in a while!
jpfueler wrote:
there is a bit of this song that is from something else. a high organ note or something that caught my ear as I was in the other room... I recognized it and the song name left my brain as soon as I realized this was not that song. This will drive me crazy for the rest of the day.
I think I know what you are referring to cause I did the same thing. How bout...Gorillaz. That little noodly synth sound.
meloman wrote:
Could be a long shot. My humble prediction: 2007, the year the real estate bubble in the US finally bursts and the middle class implodes, the greenback tanks, the US attacks Iran and bites the big one, and subways and shopping malls in the US start blowing up "inexplicably." Sorry for the New Year downer. Oh, and for those who are hoping for salvation from the Dems...dream on.
Misery loves company, eh melo?
there is a bit of this song that is from something else. a high organ note or something that caught my ear as I was in the other room... I recognized it and the song name left my brain as soon as I realized this was not that song. This will drive me crazy for the rest of the day.
My opinion is on a rise about this song 1 :arrow: 3. They are less annoying this time.
This is an amazing bunch of musicians IMHO. Great music. Maybe too European for some listeners here? :shifty: :drool:
everybody is on the ff bandwagon.... almost everybody. i just don?t see what the big deal is. if this were playing live in a club, it would still be a good time to escape for another drink. sorta bland.... sorry. gizmo wrote:
Flavour of the moment perhaps - but just doesn't do it for me. Sounds mechanical.4/10. :sleep:
And now this Bill? Most outstanding. As in OUTFNSTNDING, I'm keeping that one. OUTFNSTNDNG
the kind IMO. More FF please Bill. (trying to upload.......these guys are too cool for school.)
Matts wrote:
I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT
ditto. twice. More FF please
I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT
My goodness, what a wicked transition (Elastica - 2:1 to Franz Ferdinand - 40 feet). Wow. I'm home sick with a cold, but I think that transition instantaneously healed me. ;)
Love these guys! One of my current faves. Music "girls can dance to". I think they jams hard.
When I first heard this, I just about freaked. Or, no, I DID FREAK. And they freaked me out for a good while. Then they faded. Then I started listening to this one again. And 40 FEET REMAINs a fave!
Franz.... U Da Man!!!
These guys are so much fun live. If you get a chance to see them, I highly recommend it!! :guitarist:
lixy wrote:
Elastica - 2:1 Franz Ferdinand - 40 Feet God, that was smooth! BillG deserves a :notworthy:
Same segue today and it was just as smooth.
Elastica - 2:1 Franz Ferdinand - 40 Feet God, that was smooth! BillG deserves a :notworthy:
meloman wrote:
Could be a long shot. My humble prediction: 2007, the year the real estate bubble in the US finally bursts and the middle class implodes, the greenback tanks, the US attacks Iran and bites the big one, and subways and shopping malls in the US start blowing up "inexplicably." Sorry for the New Year downer. Oh, and for those who are hoping for salvation from the Dems...dream on.
Maybe, I can see most of that but our housing market wont collapse, it will rather go into a prolonged recession. Also our subways wont get bombed, mostly because we have a handful of them and nobody rides them. Now interstate overpasses are another thing. Oh and the greenback tanking, I really see that one coming but not for another few years, when our deficit is even larger, due to Iran et al., and Japan, China, and Europe start calling in debts.
Zweiblumen wrote:
I hope that we and RP are here 10 years from now to evaluate this empirically.
Could be a long shot. My humble prediction: 2007, the year the real estate bubble in the US finally bursts and the middle class implodes, the greenback tanks, the US attacks Iran and bites the big one, and subways and shopping malls in the US start blowing up "inexplicably." Sorry for the New Year downer. Oh, and for those who are hoping for salvation from the Dems...dream on.
This was one of those instant investigation-warrantying songs. Next thing I knew, I had the album. And still love it. Excellent ripping Gang of Four-type telecaster cutting through all the tunes on this record, and quirky vocals and lyrics made it a masterpiece to me. Thanks Bill, for turning me on to them when this broke on the scene!
I registered simply to say how much I love this song. Not everything has to be great art -- sometimes it just needs to be fun to listen to. And this song certainly is.
Love these guys! They put on a great concert as well.
Bet these dudes cook in a small smokey club gig.
Sounds a lot like "Matinee" from the same album, but still a good song on its own.
meatbee wrote:
Definitely a flash in the pan, 10 years from now they won't receive play in a "remember the OO's" retrospective. I can barely tell the difference between them and other rockers like Interpol or The Killers. One more comment; does anyone else hear a trace of disco in their songs? :-&
I hope that we and RP are here 10 years from now to evaluate this empirically.
I have both their cd's and enjoy listening to them. You guys are all too serious! Nothing wrong with a little sassy music once in a while.
meatbee wrote:
One more comment; does anyone else hear a trace of disco in their songs? :-&
More than a trace.... :whipit:
Nice of them to reuse the same drum beats for the 18th time. Must make their drummer happy. Pretty good for the toe-tapping aspect, but that's about it.
Flavour of the moment perhaps - but just doesn't do it for me. Sounds mechanical.4/10. :sleep:
I don't feel creeped out by this song as I do by other FF songs. Perhaps because I'm likening it to the Stranglers.
winter wrote:
Please?
Appears to be related to big emotional decisions and such as your thoughts when looking over a cliff (not necessarily suicide) - see (click here)
winter wrote:
Please?
it sounds like he is deabting about whether or not to hurl himself off a cliff into the ocean....
Great Scottish band, so much energy. :bananasplit:
porcupinemeat wrote:
What does "40 feet remain" refer to anyway? Can anyone explain the lyrics to this one?
Please?
sean wrote:
I'm sorry, the Clash followed this song, perhaps it was a comparison thing, I was there in the seventies when punk happened. This is just cheap velour.
I don't think it's supposed to be punk. FF borrow a lot from the New Romantic scene as well, which was very coiffed and stylised and artificial, and they mix it with a lot of punk(ish) influences. You're quite right though. They can write some great tunes, these chaps, but The Clash they are not.
joempie wrote:
It's pretty nice, but what I always miss in FF is passion. There are no feelings in their music, no matter how nice the songs may be. It just feels so technical and empty.... :(
I was underimpressed, maybe it was too hyped up, maybe because The Hives' Tyrannosaurus Hives managed to be fun and passionate, whatever this doesn't totally suck but I keep forgetting I have it.
I'm sorry, the Clash followed this song, perhaps it was a comparison thing, I was there in the seventies when punk happened. This is just cheap velour. That new radio paradise logo is like a big eye watching me. "Ah, an eye, an eye!" ..Coneheads.. I digress.
This is my favourite track from a CD that I might regret buying if I hadn't gotten it dirt cheap. Perhaps the band isn't deserving of the hype it's received, and it almost certainly won't reach any sort of classic level, but some of the songs are quite nice in a shallow, guilty-pleasure sort of way. This is one of them.
This song sure is catchy.
Another tune I love. And Tux hates. :)
meatbee wrote:
Definitely a flash in the pan, 10 years from now they won't receive play in a "remember the OO's" retrospective. I can barely tell the difference between them and other rockers like Interpol or The Killers. One more comment; does anyone else hear a trace of disco in their songs? :-&
So far, there is not much to remember about "00s music", so good luck in building that retrospective. I guess it will be a short retrospective. 20 years from now, when bands/culture is trying to imitate the music/culture of 2000s, what will they do? Try real hard to be as boring as possible?
Had to bump this up to a 10. This is my favourite FF track.
meatbee wrote:
One more comment; does anyone else hear a trace of disco in their songs? :-&
Most definitely yes, in the drums. You would think that after 25+ years I would be ready to hear a four-beat bass drum with open-closed hi-hats without wincing, but, alas, no. FF are probably being ironic, but the beat is still "I Will Survive."
Love this. The whole album is very good and this is one of my fav's. Take me out is good but I am disapointed to hear it in the new PSP commercial. I guess they have to make a living though.
Sounds like there's a bit of The Doors' Peace Frog in this.
Franz Ferdinand are very clever. Pardon my cynicism, it comes with age, having said that, why not? 8)
someone in the comments to this or another Franz Ferdinand song said they were a flash in the pan and won't be remembered in 10 years. I disagree, they got some good stuff happening, melody, voice, hooks, energy, wit, intellegence, hit making, pop sensibilities. #1 with a bullet ;-)
what an original sound. i personally believe there needs to be more fun bands like franz! a toast to many more albums as good as this one! :cheers:
meatbee wrote:
Definitely a flash in the pan, 10 years from now they won't receive play in a "remember the OO's" retrospective. I can barely tell the difference between them and other rockers like Interpol or The Killers. One more comment; does anyone else hear a trace of disco in their songs? :-&
see now, i feel like i could listen to this a lot longer than anything by either of the two above-mentioned groups (esp interpol... lord, i can't stand them...). definitely some late-seventies disco creeping in here and there.
rah wrote:
still trying to decide if these blokes are for the ages, or just a particularly bright flash in today's pan. what do y'all think?
Definitely a flash in the pan, 10 years from now they won't receive play in a "remember the OO's" retrospective. I can barely tell the difference between them and other rockers like Interpol or The Killers. One more comment; does anyone else hear a trace of disco in their songs? :-&
Just read this recently about Franz Ferdinand, very interesting! https://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0428/sheffield.php
blech! 27 jan 2005 I thought I was low already with a 2, but I just dropped it to a 1. this is soooo terribly annoying disgusting wining shit.
ninidanger wrote:
this is without a doubt my favorite ff song.
I'm not that familiar with this band, yet, so at first I thought you meant it's your favorite "fast forward" song! Well, maybe too, who knows.
this is without a doubt my favorite ff song.
It's pretty nice, but what I always miss in FF is passion. There are no feelings in their music, no matter how nice the songs may be. It just feels so technical and empty.... :(
Love the La la la la la la la...
I just got this album, after loving everything I've heard (Matinee, 40', Take Me Out). I was a little disappointed because I think those three songs are the best on the album by far. But then, those three are easily good enough to make the purchase worth it.
still trying to decide if these blokes are for the ages, or just a particularly bright flash in today's pan. what do y'all think?
What does "40 feet remain" refer to anyway? Can anyone explain the lyrics to this one?
Mack wrote:
Being from Glasgow, you might expect not to be able to understand their lingo, but it doesn't sound like 'forty feet remain' to me, it's more 'farty'. Which raises the interesting question, once posed by the self confessed antichrist, John Lydon himself - why do British Bands feel the need to sing in ridiculous pseudo American accents? Not that there's anything wrong with the American accent per se when sung if that's how you talk (except when it's reo speedwagon perhaps), or that Franz Ferdinand are particuarly guilty, it just grates my inner earhole. Edited after looking at HOL: Knopfler, a geordie, is the only British artist I can think of who's ever seemed to retain his spoken lilt when singing. Oh hang on, House of Love have just come on, now there's a proper British band i'm off to have a look...
Good Point.....Lets have he Proclaimers doing it.
Vive Le Franz!
Mack wrote:
... why do British Bands feel the need to sing in ridiculous pseudo American accents?
i don't have an answer to that one - though i'm certain that with a little thought, i could list a number of Brit bands whose singers sound "American"... but in any event, it still beats the crap out of those damn whiney pop-'punk' bands in the US that pretend to have a British accent (probably at least subconsciously trying to sound like Lydon himself, come to think of it... the irony).
Being from Glasgow, you might expect not to be able to understand their lingo, but it doesn't sound like 'forty feet remain' to me, it's more 'farty'. Which raises the interesting question, once posed by the self confessed antichrist, John Lydon himself - why do British Bands feel the need to sing in ridiculous pseudo American accents? Not that there's anything wrong with the American accent per se when sung if that's how you talk (except when it's reo speedwagon perhaps), or that Franz Ferdinand are particuarly guilty, it just grates my inner earhole. Edited after looking at HOL: Knopfler, a geordie, is the only British artist I can think of who's ever seemed to retain his spoken lilt when singing. Oh hang on, House of Love have just come on, now there's a proper British band i'm off to have a look...
trekhead wrote:
Am I paranoid, or is that the guy whose assassination kicked off WW I? Arch-Duke...Something...
Yep, Archduke Francis Ferdinand.
Love these guys, just saw them in San Diego and they were great! I was hoping you would add them to your playlist - thank you!!! They remind me of the Beatles, just a little funkier...
Am I paranoid, or is that the guy whose assassination kicked off WW I? Arch-Duke...Something...
Everytime I hear this I like it more. However I have been hearing it a LOT on RP lately.
I just saw these guys at the Commodore in Vancouver...AWESOME!!! They are super energetic and funny too. Hipster-cool Brit-pop.
This would make great Friday music
Very cool, and segues effectively into The Clash's "London Calling."