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Franz Ferdinand took inspiration for their name from a racehorse called "The Archduke Ferdinand." After seeing the horse race on TV they began to discuss Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assassination triggered World War I. They decided it would be a good band name because of its sound and the implications of the Archduke's death.
The song compares lovers to snipers aiming at each other. The lyrics begin, "So if you're lonely, you know I'm here waiting for you. I'm just a crosshair, I'm just a shot away from you." Alex Kapranos told NME it's about how you'd, "rather be shot than continue the tension." (thanks, Leona - Edinburgh, Scotland, for above 2)
On the B-side of the single is "All For You, Sophia," which makes references to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, including his assassin Gavrilo Princip and the secret society Black Hands.
The song's opening tempo changes were all recorded live. Producer Tore Johansson recalled to NME: "They'd played it live quite a few times, so they could all slow down in the same way."
Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)
Richie talks about producing the first two Kiss albums, recording "Brother Louie," and the newfound appreciation of his rock band, Dust.
Did Marvin try out with the Detroit Lions? Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? And what about the cross-dressing?
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound
, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
After studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs.