Love Illumination

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"Love Illumination"
Franz Ferdinand Love Illumination.jpg
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
A-side "Right Action"
Released 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27)
Recorded 2013
Studio Sausage Studio
(London, England)
Length 3:44
Label Domino
Producer(s) Alex Kapranos
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"Right Action"
"Love Illumination"
"Evil Eye"
"Right Action"
"Love Illumination"
"Evil Eye"
Music video
"Love Illumination" on YouTube

"Love Illumination" is a song by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. It was released as the second single from the band's fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, on 27 June 2013.[1]


"Love Illumination" features indie rock, dance-rock,[2] new wave,[3] glam rock,[4] and funk.[5] Nick McCarthy stated that he originally thought the guitar riff, conceived by Alex Kapranos, was "too rocky", but later enjoyed playing it. The song was written and recorded during a weekend session at McCarthy's Sausage Studio. About the song's meaning, Kapranos stated:

We all feel as sensitive to satisfaction at times. We can look outside us and see nothing but destruction, avarice, and boredom. So we look to find that love where we can find it. Some people look to Hollywood, some people look to Blackpool and the bright lights of Blackpool. That's probably where I would look.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The song's lyrics have been described as "a cheeky testament to their writing abilities".[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released on 24 July 2013 onto the band's Vevo channel on YouTube. It was directed by Tim Saccenti.[8] The video features psychedelic transitions between clips, band members with animal masks and people dancing randomly.

The video was called "self-consciously odd" by Sarah Bella.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Love Illumination" (Kapranos / McCarthy) - 3:44
7" (RUG533)
  1. "Right Action" (Alex Kapranos / Nick McCarthy / Robert Hardy) - 3:01
  2. "Love Illumination" (Kapranos / McCarthy) - 3:44
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


Personnel adapted from the album's linear notes


Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 22
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[11] 31
France (SNEP)[12] 148