Evil Eye (Franz Ferdinand song)

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"Evil Eye"
Franz Ferdinand Evil Eye Remixes
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Released 28 October 2013 (2013-10-28)
Recorded 2013
Length 2:47
Label Domino
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"Love Illumination"
"Evil Eye"

"Evil Eye" is a song by Scottish group Franz Ferdinand from the band's fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. It was released as the third single to promote the album on 28 October 2013.

The song was written by Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, was recorded during 2013, and was produced by Kapranos and Todd Terje.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Adam Silverstein of Digital Spy wrote, "'Evil Eye' soldiers on with the short, snappy stomp and delves into the psyche of a paranoiac ("It looks so clean but I can see the crawling, crawling creatures"), all via a groove that pays homage to Queen's 'Another One Bites the Dust'."[6]

AllMusic's Heather Phares noted that "Evil Eye" is one of the songs on the album that "feel like direct descendants of the band's debut," and it "gives the gut-punching beats of "Take Me Out" a campy twist with mischievous keyboards destined to make it the coolest song on the Halloween party playlist."[7] According to Dan Stubbs of NME magazine, "there's a freshness to the sound" on "Evil Eye", and the song is "essentially Snoop Dogg's 'What's My Name?' via Rockwell's 'Somebody's Watching Me' – creepy, jumpy and as funky as James Brown's ghost."[8]

Pitchfork's Ian Cohen wrote that "The chorus of 'Evil Eye' slinks and skulks enough to recall a time when Franz Ferdinand sounded sleazier and more dancefloor-oriented than your average rock band, but it has to fight through a verse filled with bothersome vocal filters (an indulgent byproduct of their self-production) to do so."[9] In a similar tone, James Manning of Time Out magazine noted that "'Evil Eye' matches its big, funky strut with creepy vintage organs, while a heavily-reverbed Kapranos cackles like a Hammer Horror villain."[10]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released on 8 September 2013.[11] It was directed by Diane Martel, known for her controversial video for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop", as well as her work with artists such as Mariah Carey, The White Stripes, Beyoncé, and others.[12]

The video is a pastiche of low-budget horror films.[13] In a press statement, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos called it "a gruesome blood orgy eye stab death romp wide-oh creep necro fest." Pitchfork called the video "repulsive, VHS-style clip",[12] and Kyle McGovern of Spin magazine wrote, "the clip splices together a stomach-turning montage of gross-out footage: Blood spewing from a sink faucet, people getting butchered and dismembered, throats being cut, cannibalism, and frontman Alex Kapranos sporting a dirtbag moustache."[13]

Track listing[edit]


No. Title Length
1. "Evil Eye" (Radio edit) 2:47
2. "Evil Eye" (Album version) 2:47

Digital download[edit]

  • Domino — RUG555D1[15]
Evil Eye Remixes[16][17]
No. Title Length
1. "Evil Eye"   2:47
2. "Evil Eye" (Alan Braxe Remix) 4:01
3. "Evil Eye" (Alan Braxe Dub) 3:54
4. "Evil Eye" (The New Sins FREAK Version) 6:15
5. "Evil Eye" (The New Sins FREAK Dub) 5:50
6. "Evil Eye" (In Flagranti Rework) 6:26


Personnel adapted from the album's linear notes


Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[18] 7
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[19] 37

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue no.
United Kingdom 28 October 2014 Domino Digital download RUG555D1[15]
CD RUG555CDP[14]


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  2. ^ http://www.avclub.com/review/franz-ferdinand-emright-thoughts-right-words-right-102091
  3. ^ http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=3439091
  4. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-franz-ferdinand-right-thoughts-right-words-right-action-domino-8783768.html
  5. ^ "Franz Ferdinand's Evil Eye Plus UK Tour". Domino Recording Company. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Silverstein, Adam (18 August 2013). "Franz Ferdinand: 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' - Album review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Phares, Heather. "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Stubbs, Dan (20 August 2013). "Franz Ferdinand - 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'". NME. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Cohen, Ian (26 August 2013). "Franz Ferdinand: Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Manning, James (16 August 2013). "Franz Ferdinand – 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' album review". Time Out. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Evil Eye (Official Video)". YouTube. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Minsker, Evan; Pelly, Jenn (9 September 2013). "Watch Franz Ferdinand's Gory "Evil Eye" Video, Directed by "Blurred Lines" Director Diane Martel". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  13. ^ a b McGovern, Kyle (9 September 2013). "Watch Franz Ferdinand's NSFW, Torture-Porny 'Evil Eye' Video". Spin. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Franz Ferdinand - Evil Eye (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Franz Ferdinand - Evil Eye Remixes (File, MP3)". Discogs. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Domino:Evil Eye Remixes". Domino Recording Company. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Evil Eye Remixes - EP by Franz Ferdinand". iTunes. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 10 February 2014.