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Franz Ferdinand Performs ‘Curious’ On The Late Late Show: Look + Listen

During the Wednesday night James Corden-hosted late night talk show (8.31,) Franz Ferdinand delivered an electrifying rendition of their song “Curious,” from their greatest hits collection Hits to the Head.

In addition to the band’s prior hits like “Take Me Out” and “Do You Want To” and other songs scattered throughout their nearly two decade old catalog, the collection features a pair of new songs, “Billy Goodbye” and “Curious.”

In a statement about the new full length release, frontman Alex Kapranos talked about curating a greatest hits track list, and defended the much-maligned best-of collections in general, stating:

“It’s the same as writing a set list for a festival: You want to play the songs you know people want to hear. The hits.” “Bring the hits to the head. The heart. The feet. That means obvious singles, but also songs you know have a special meaning for both band and audience, like ‘Outsiders.’”  “We also added two new songs, recorded last year: ‘Billy Goodbye’ and ‘Curious,’ both co-produced at the last stage with Stuart Price. I have friends who believe you’re somehow not a ‘real’ fan if you own a best-of rather than a discography. I disagree. I think of my parents’ record collection as a kid. I loved their compilation LPs. I am so grateful that they had Changes or Rolled Gold. Those LPs were my entrance point. My introduction.”

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Author: Al Denté

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