This Fire (Franz Ferdinand song)

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"This Fire"
Franz Ferdinand - This Fffire.jpg
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album Franz Ferdinand
Released12 November 2004
  • 2003 (album version)
  • 2004 (single version)
GenrePost-punk revival
  • 4:14 (album version)
  • 3:32 (single version)
Producer(s)Tore Johansson
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"This Fire"
"Do You Want To"

"This Fire" (stylised as "This Fffire" in the single release) is the fifth single by Glasgow-based indie rock band Franz Ferdinand from their eponymous album. It received widespread airplay.

The album artwork to "This Fire" is based on El Lissitzky's art work Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge.

Song history[edit]

It was Franz Ferdinand's standard set closer until July 2009 when it was replaced with "Lucid Dreams".

Release history[edit]

It was released as a download-only single, and reached #17 on the United States Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and #8 on the UK Download Chart. In Australia, the song was ranked #29 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.

The single was released in Australia as "This Fffire" [sic] with identical B-sides to the UK release of "Michael". The music video for the song was directed by Stylewar.

Music video[edit]

The music video echoes the style of 1920's-era Soviet art and propaganda (Constructivism etc.), including Cyrillic lettering, and shows the members of the band spreading a world-wide "hypnosis epidemic".

Track listings[edit]

Lead vocals performed by Alex Kapranos.

  • Digital download RUG192D1
  1. "This Fffire" (Rich Costey Re-record) (Alex Kapranos/Nick McCarthy)
  2. "This Fire" (Playgroup Remix) (Alex Kapranos/Nick McCarthy)
  1. "This Fffire" (Rich Costey Re-record) (Alex Kapranos/Nick McCarthy)
  2. "Darts of Pleasure" (Alex Kapranos/Nick McCarthy)
  • Europe CD
  1. "This Fffire" (Rich Costey Re-record) (Alex Kapranos/Nick McCarthy)
  2. "This Fire" (Playgroup Remix) (Alex Kapranos/Nick McCarthy)
  3. "This Fffire" (video) (Alex Kapranos/Nick McCarthy)
  • Australia CD
  1. "This Fffire" (Rich Costey Re-record) (Alex Kapranos/Nick McCarthy)
  2. "Love and Destroy" (Alex Kapranos/Nick McCarthy)
  3. "Missing You" (Alex Kapranos)

In popular culture[edit]

It was featured on the in-game soundtrack to the PlayStation 2 and Xbox video game Burnout 3: Takedown. The song has become part of the hockey culture in Calgary, Alberta, where it is played in every Calgary Flames home game.

The song was later sampled for "Burn This City" by Lil Wayne and Twista.[1]

The song was covered by Bedük in his third album, Go.

The song was used in the TV series Without a Trace: Season 3, Episode 15 "Party Girl"

The song was used in the TV series Grimm : Season 1, episode 14

The song was used on the 2nd season of TV Series "Entourage"


Chart (2004–05) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 62
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 85
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[4] 17


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  2. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 769 (Week Commencing 22 November 2004)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 3. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ " – Franz Ferdinand – This Fffire" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Franz Ferdinand Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 September 2015.

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