Song of the Day: Evil Eye by Franz Ferdinand

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“Evil Eye” is a song by Scottish group Franz Ferdinand from the band’s fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. It was released as the third single to promote the album on 28 October 2013.

Lyrics:
What’s the color of the next car?,
(red you bastard) Yeah red you bastard
Don’t believe in god don’t believe in that shit
Not me!
I’d like to bring them down
Not me!
Some fool who dumb dumb do, Not! Not! Not me

Oh Some people get freak at me
Some people can’t see that I can oh! (see)
Some people wanna see what I see
Some people put an evil eye on me

Uhhhh uhhhhh

I have the evil eye, I I I see your soul,
Your wear it on your face, it’s what evokes you to

What’s the color of the next car?,
(red you bastard) Yeah red you bastard
Don’t believe in god don’t believe in that shit
(Not me!) Not me
I’d like to bring them down
(Not me!) Not me
Some fool who dumb dumb, Not! Not! Not me

(Some) Some people get freak at me
Some people can’t see that I can oh (see)
Some people wanna see what I see
Some people put an evil eye on me

It looks so clean but I can see the crawling, crawling creatures
Suspended in solution, no, no, there’s no solution…

Some people get freak at me
Some people can’t see that I can oh (see)
Some people wanna see what I see
Some people put an evil eye on oh
Some people wanna see what I see
Some people put an evil eye on oh
Some people wanna see what I see
Some people put an evil eye on me

……

The song was written by Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, recorded in Scotland, London and Oslo, and produced by Kapranos and Todd Terje.

Adam Silverstein of Digital Spy wrote, “‘Evil Eye’ soldiers on with the short, snappy stomp and delves into the psyche of a paranoiac (“It looks so clean but I can see the crawling, crawling creatures”), all via a groove that pays homage to Queen’s ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.”

AllMusic’s Heather Phares noted that “Evil Eye” is one of the songs on the album that “feel like direct descendants of the band’s debut,” and it “gives the gut-punching beats of “Take Me Out” a campy twist with mischievous keyboards destined to make it the coolest song on the Halloween party playlist.” According to Dan Stubbs of NME magazine, “there’s a freshness to the sound” on “Evil Eye”, and the song is “essentially Snoop Dogg’s ‘What’s My Name?’ via Rockwell’s ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ – creepy, jumpy and as funky as James Brown’s ghost.”

Pitchfork’s Ian Cohen wrote that “The chorus of ‘Evil Eye’ slinks and skulks enough to recall a time when Franz Ferdinand sounded sleazier and more dancefloor-oriented than your average rock band, but it has to fight through a verse filled with bothersome vocal filters (an indulgent byproduct of their self-production) to do so.” In a similar tone, James Manning of Time Out magazine noted that “‘Evil Eye’ matches its big, funky strut with creepy vintage organs, while a heavily-reverbed Kapranos cackles like a Hammer Horror villain.”

A music video for the song was released on 8 September 2013. It was directed by Diane Martel, known for her controversial video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop”, as well as her work with artists such as Mariah Carey, The White Stripes, Beyoncé, and others.

The video is a horror pastiche. In a press statement, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos called it “a gruesome blood orgy eye stab death romp wide-oh creep necro fest.”Pitchfork called the video “repulsive, VHS-style clip”, and Kyle McGovern of Spin magazine wrote, “the clip splices together a stomach-turning montage of gross-out footage: Blood spewing from a sink faucet, people getting butchered and dismembered, throats being cut, cannibalism, and frontman Alex Kapranos sporting a dirtbag moustache.”

Franz Ferdinand

Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Indie rock, post-punk revival, dance-punk, dance-rock
Years active 2002–present
Labels Domino
Associated acts The Karelia, Embryo, The Yummy Fur,Correcto, Box Codax, La Roux
Website http://www.franzferdinand.com
Members Alex Kapranos
Nick McCarthy
Bob Hardy
Paul Thomson

image by Kawiku

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