Michael (Franz Ferdinand song)

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"Michael"
Franz Ferdinand Michael.jpg
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album Franz Ferdinand
B-side
  • Simon Bookish version
  • "Love and Destroy"
  • "Missing You"
  • "Don't Start"
  • "Tell Her Tonight (Paul Sings)"
  • Remixes
Released 16 August 2004 (2004-08-16)
Format
Recorded 2003
Genre
Length 3:21
Label Domino
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Tore Johansson
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"The Dark of the Matinée"
(2004)
"Michael"
(2004)
"This Fire"
(2004)

"Michael" is a song by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. It was released as the fourth single from their eponymous debut studio album on 16 August 2004 through Domino Records. The song was notable for its homoerotic lyrics such as "stubble on my sticky lips" and "beautiful boys on a beautiful dancefloor". It was released in multiple formats, including a 7" vinyl, two 12" vinyls, and two CDs. The second CD that was released was pulled from stores a day after its release due to chart ineligibility as it had three tracks on it instead of two, which is the allowed amount of tracks for the CD2 format. It was later re-released with only two tracks. The song had significant chart performance as it peaked at number 17 on the UK Singles Chart and at number 39 on the Irish Singles Chart. The song has been featured in the soundtracks for the video games Gran Turismo 4, the PlayStation Portable version of World Rally Championship and Dancing Stage Max.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

Frontman Alex Kapranos stated in an interview to the UK magazine Boyz that the song was written about two friends of his — "It was one night when me and the band were out with friends from Glasgow, and we went to this warehouse dance party thing called Disco X. It was a very debauched night and these two friends got it together in a very sexy way."[1] The band usually performs a slightly different version of the song at concerts, most notably with the final "Come and dance with me" replaced by the more risqué "Come all over me" (this alternative lyric is in the liner notes, but crossed out and with the recorded lyric written beside it.) Also, "stubble on my sticky lips" is occasionally replaced with "stubble on my sticky hips."

Reviewer Alexis Petridis praised the song's "intriguing combination of sly humour and bug-eyed lust, as if the song's central character started camping it up for a laugh and ended up in rather deeper water than he had anticipated...You simply don't get songs like Michael very often in current rock music."[2]

Secret message[edit]

The song contains a secret message from 1:35 to 1:39 saying, "She's worried about you, call your mother", if played backwards. According to "franzferdinand.net," bassist Bob Hardy was getting a bit worried about calling his mother back home, so the band added the backwards lyrics in as an homage. But Bob Hardy has said that he has no knowledge of the lyrics being there and he thought it was just a positive message to put on the track.

Release[edit]

The song was released as a single in the UK on 16 August 2004. Due to a breach of UK chart rules by providing three tracks on the CD2 format instead of two, in what the band described in a press statement as a "silly schoolboy error", sales of the original CD2 format were disqualified. The disc was withdrawn within a day of release, to be replaced by the end of the week by a two-track version, omitting "Tell Her Tonight (Paul Sings)". This track was released as a free download from Franz Ferdinand and Domino Records' websites from 17 August.[3] Despite this, the single still reached number 17 in the UK[4] and number 39 in Ireland.[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video was also recorded for the song, with the band members playing at an underground dance club. The occupants of the dance club dance as if they are short videos of a dance being played and replayed over again. During the final chorus the band members are given extra limbs or additions to their instruments while the video ends in a swirl of dancing boys and shots of the band.

Alternative version[edit]

The song was recorded alternatively in May 2004 in Hamburg, Germany as a duet and originally intended for release as a single. Without changing the lyrics, the reworked track was meant to take the perspective of a male love interest and female love interest fighting over Michael. Catriona Shaw of the band Queen of Japan provided the female vocals of this version of the track. In the end the band felt that the homoerotic undertones of the song became too diluted, so decided not to use it for the release of the track as a single and stuck with the original album version.[6]

Track listing[edit]

7"[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Michael" 4:10
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Michael" (Simon Bookish version)
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:22

UK 12"[edit]

  • Domino — RUG184T[8]
Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Michael"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:24
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love and Destroy"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:29
2. "Don't Start"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:12

US 12"[edit]

  • Domino — DNO 998[9]
Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Michael"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:22
2. "The Dark of the Matinée" (Headman Remix)
6:11
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Fire" (Playgroup Remix)
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
8:08
2. "Michael" (Thomas Eriksen Mix)
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:15

CD 1[edit]

  • Domino — RUG184CD1[10]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Michael"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:24
2. "Love and Destroy"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:29
3. "Missing You" Kapranos 3:12

CD 2[edit]

  • Domino — RUG184CD2[11]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Michael"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:24
2. "Don't Start"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
2:53
3. "Tell Her Tonight (Paul Sings)" (Lead vocals by Paul Thomson)
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
2:57

This format was pulled from stores due to its chart ineligibility since it has three tracks instead of two, which is the allowed amount of tracks for the CD2 format.

2011 Digital reissue[edit]

  • Domino — DOMDIG007[12]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Michael"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:24
2. "Love and Destroy"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
3:29
3. "Missing You" Kapranos 3:12
4. "Don't Start"
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
2:53
5. "Tell Her Tonight (Paul Sings)" (Lead vocals by Paul Thomson)
  • Kapranos
  • McCarthy
2:57

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 39
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheffield, Rob (6 July 2004). "All the Young Dance Whores". The Village Voice. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "Franz Ferdinand CD review". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "'Michael''s Mistake!". NME. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 2004-08-28" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Chart Track: Week 35, 2004". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Audio: Franz Ferdinand - Michael Duet"
  7. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Michael (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Michael (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Michael (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Michael (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Michael (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Franz Ferdinand - Michael (EP)". dominorecordco.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 

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