Right Action

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"Right Action"
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
B-side "Love Illumination"
Released 27 June 2013 (US Release)
18 August 2013 (UK Release)
Format Digital download, 7"
Recorded 2013
Genre Dance-punk, indie rock, funk rock, disco-rock
Length 3:02
Label Domino
Writer(s) Alex Kapranos
Nick McCarthy
Robert Hardy
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"Die on the Floor/Katherine Hit Me"
"Right Action"
"Love Illumination"
Music video
"Right Action" on YouTube

"Right Action" is a song by the Scottish indie rock[1] band Franz Ferdinand. It is the lead single from their fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and is the album's semi-title track.

It was released in the UK on 18 August 2013. It has been described as having a funk-like catchy guitar sound. A video of the new single was released online on 7 July and features the band performing in an environment similar to their previous video "Take Me Out".

To date it has moderate success reaching number 39 on the UK Indie Chart, number 28 in the US Alternative music Billboard Chart and Number 22 in the Japanese Singles Chart.

Background and release[edit]

The lyrics for "Right Action" were inspired by a postcard found by lead singer Alex Kapranos at a London flea market that contained the words "come home, practically all is nearly forgiven".[2]

The song was first used in the album trailer for Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. On 27 June 2013, the official audio track was released on YouTube and made available for digital download. The official video for "Right Action" was released on 7 July on the band's Vevo channel.[3] The single was also released physically as a translucent neon pink 7" double A side, with "Love Illumination" being the other single.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured on the soundtrack album for the 2014 romantic drama film Endless Love, starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde.[4] It was also used in trailers for the second season of BBC Three's Some Girls, and the first season of Drifters, broadcast by E4.[citation needed] It was also used in the first trailer for Dumb and Dumber To.

Track listing[edit]

Right Action Remixes[5]
No. Title Length
1. "Right Action" (Liv Spencer Rework) 5:19
2. "Right Action" (Liv Spencer Dub) 5:28
3. "Right Action" (Matias Aguayo Remix) 6:36
4. "Right Action" (Zero Set Remix) 8:53
5. "Right Action" (Golden Teacher Remix) 5:53
7" (RUG533)
  1. "Right Action" (Alex Kapranos / Nick McCarthy / Robert Hardy) - 3:01
  2. "Love Illumination" (Kapranos / McCarthy) - 3:44
Digital download
  1. "Right Action" (Kapranos / McCarthy / Hardy) - 3:01
UK digital download
  1. "Right Action" (Kapranos / McCarthy / Hardy) - 3:01
  2. "Love Illumination" (Kapranos / McCarthy) - 3:44
  3. "Right Action" (Live) (Kapranos / McCarthy / Hardy) - 3:05
  4. "Stand on the Horizon" (Live) (Kapranos / McCarthy) - 4:14
  • Live versions taken from Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action deluxe edition bonus disc

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[6] 22
UK Indie Chart (The Official Charts Company)[7] 39
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 28
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[9] 43


  1. ^ "BBC - Seven Ages of Rock "What the World Is Waiting For"". Seven Ages of Rock. 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  2. ^ All Things Considered (2013-08-24). "Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos On The Importance Of Structure". NPR. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  3. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Right Action (Official Video)". YouTube. 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Endless Love (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Various Artists". iTunes (US). Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - Right Action Remixes - EP by Franz Ferdinand". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  6. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  7. ^ "2013-08-31 Top 40 Independent Singles Archive". Official Charts. 2013-08-31. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  9. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-10-18.