Pardon the obvious cheap jibe but it HAD to be done.
Franz Ferdinand and Sparks (known as FFS) collaborated on stage tonight in the Edinburgh International Festival and ended their show with the ironic “Collaborations Don’t work”.
Ironic because they do.
Not since Elton John and Kiki Dee has collaboration hit such great heights.
Sparks and Franz Ferdinand are made for each other. Their art school schtick is a perfect match. Their angsty jittery, jangly synth/guitar combo creates greatness at every turn and, of course, each gets to showcase their three best songs.
Franz chose Take me Out (awesome), Michael (good) and Do you Want to (awesome) to shattering response.
Sparks elected for No 1 Song in Heaven (awesome), This Town ain’t Big Enough for the Both of us (awesome) and When Do I get to sing “my Way” (good).
Frankly the effect of this and their sublime collaboration was almost overwhelming. This was a truly life affirming gig that anyone in that audience will talk about for years.
Thank you Franz Ferdinand. Thank you Sparks. Thank you Edinburgh international Festival. Thank you Fergus Linehan for your vision to put this on.