Franz – Franklin

Franz Ferdinand is one of those fun pop bands. The music is catchy & forgettable. I have, as stand-alones their First, So Much Better, Blood remixes, & Tonight. You might think I’m a fan but I’m not – a fan of the genre of bouncy fun pop but I cannot name a song from any of these cds. Blindfolded I might not even be able to tell you which cd which song came from. I picked them all up on the cheap at HMV. The sort of band I enjoyed in my teen years – many of whom I cannot name either.

But my teen years & beyond were filled with that sort of music. Aretha Franklin was around then too but I never really got into her or that sound. Today I realize it’s partly because soul music was too earthy, too adult, too sexually knowing in a serious way. In my collection I now have: I Never Loved A Man; Young, Gifted & Black; Hits 80-94; Who’s Zoomin’ Who; Sings the Great Divas. At one time I had a cassette of a church performance – it fell apart & I’ve never found it since.

Her continuing amazing career started in gospel, then into soul, r’n’b, slipping into adult contemporary at times. Then the disco revival with Zoomin’. Given the opportunity she is a force of nature that can breath life into almost any song she tackles. On Aretha Sings The Divas, her most recent release, she does hits recorded by Adele, The Supremes, Streisand, etc. Interesting but a little too tame for my liking. Her Rolling In The Deep is excellent but too tasteful. I wish she had been more adventurous in the song selection too – say covering Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.

Hits & Divas is on an 8 hour mp3 collection that also includes recent work by male & female singers she’s influenced, & who may not even know they’ve been influenced. One Ton: Abnormal Pleasures; Troye Sivan eps: June Haverly, TRXYE; Kiesza: Sound Of A Woman; Tove Lo: Queen of the Clouds; Moko: eps – Gold, Black; Ben Kreader: eps – Heat From The Day, Oceans I Could Drown; SBTRKT: Wonder Where We Land.

These all fall on the techno, dance side of things. Kreader is queer emotional. Moko is modern soul; Sivan is tender; Ton & SBT are more on the dance floor. Kiesza has great pipes & her Hideaway has a permeant spot on my iPod. All worth tracking down.


‘Let’s check the tape now.’

‘Look, it’s nearly 3 a.m. Let’s get some sleep and we’ll check the footage in the morning.’

Frank was already plugging the cable connector from the camera into the back of the TV. ‘Tom this is what we came here for. We’ve been doing that jungle walk for two weeks and now we finally have something.’

The screen came to life. Murky movements jumped back and forth.

‘Worse than the Blair Witch.’

‘You try holding the camera sometime then.’ Tom snapped back.

‘Sorry I was just …’

The picture came into focus. The sound was muffled, distant.

‘Shit!’ Tom hit the top of the TV.

‘That’s not going to do much.’ Frank laughed. ‘Turn it up.’

‘Why bother with that.’ Tom pulled the cables from the TV. ‘Let’s use this.’ He opened his lap top. ‘I have a program in here that will refine things considerably.’

It took the tape several minutes to be downloaded into the computer.

‘Couldn’t you get anything faster.’

‘You making a crack about the size of my hard drive?’

‘You said it not me.’

The program flashed that it was ready. The sounds were still muddied but with some audio editing Tom played them back clearly:

The voices changed ‘We call the time to change. We call the time to change.’

‘That’s not what that kid said.’

‘No that’s what we heard first though. Remember. I thought it might be the wind in the trees.’

‘We call the time to change?’ Frank repeated. ‘Wonder that that can mean. We call the time to change.’

The lights in the room dimmed and the computer screen blinked on and off and on again.

‘Whoa! Better not say that too many times.’ Tom pulled the curtains shut.

‘You don’t think …’

‘You know what I think. I told you we would be playing with …’

‘We are not playing here Tom. This is serious research.’

‘Right and these are serious results.’

‘Okay. Let’s see what else we have there then . ‘We call…’

Tom put his hand over Frank’s mouth. ‘Enough with that. We have to be careful when we don’t fully understand.’

‘But it’s just words Tom.’

‘You know that isn’t so.’

The teenage boy appeared on the screen. His lips moving.

‘What! I can’t hear him.’

‘There’s no audio here.’ Tom punched at the keyboard moving back and forth along the audio indicator.


‘When did the sound cut out?’

Tom did more in putting.

‘Seems to have cut out when he appeared and comes back when he disappears.’

‘Mambo? What did they say he was called? Cha Cha?’


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