Domino RUG234CD / RUG234: 17th July 2006
1. Eleanor Put Your Boots On (Single Version)
“Eleanor put those boots back on, kick the heels into the Brooklyn dirt, I know it isn’t dignified to run”
2. Ghost In A Ditch
“We end it, it’s all over, she’ll marry me but I’ll hold her, she shovelled the dirt into my face, but I don’t care”
3. Fade Together (Avalanches Remix)
“So far away, oh God you are so far away, let’s fade together, let’s fade forever”
4. Wine In The Afternoon
“So this is summer, and the Calor gas, is running low, but I don’t mind, I’m doing things and doing them with… you”
Franz Ferdinand have recorded a new version of ‘Eleanor Put Your Boots On’ using a Banjo. It doesn’t really work and isn’t an improvement on the powerful Guitars and Pianos of the original. I’m not sure if the lyrics are about suicide, liberation or perhaps both. ‘Ghost In A Ditch’ is a song steeped in bloody murder, which is sung by Nick McCarthy in a Syd Barrett style. On ‘Wine In The Afternoon’ Alex paints a life of poverty as a romantic life, because he’s got a bottle of Wine and the one he loves. It’s got a new lyrical attention for detail and a great sing-a-long chorus. The A-side and these two B-sides seem to be exploring a new Folk influenced sound. It’s promising, but I wouldn’t advise them to drop the old Franz stomp just yet.
If you’re expecting bizarre cut up records and unusual samples on the ‘Avalanches Remix’ then you might be disappointed. What you get instead is like the Jazzier moments of the Bladerunner score (I keep expecting Harrison Ford’s world-weary voice to pop in) or like a rainy day spent listening to ‘Kind Of Blue’. The dreamy soundscape they’ve created perfectly compliments Alex’s sighs.