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Franz Ferdinand - Michael (Official) HD

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Uploaded on Dec 6, 2011

Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album Franz Ferdinand
B-side "Love and Destroy",
"Missing You",
"Don't Start"
Released August 16, 2004
Format CD, 7", 12"
Recorded 2003-2004
Genre Post-punk revival
Indie rock
Length 3:21 (CD)
Label Domino
Producer Tore Johansson

"Michael" is a song by Franz Ferdinand and was the fourth single released from their debut self-titled album. The song was notable for its homoerotic lyrics such as "stubble on my sticky lips" and "beautiful boys on a beautiful dancefloor".
The singer, Alex Kapranos, stated in an interview to the UK magazine Boyz that the song was written about two friends of his — "It was one night when me and the band were out with friends from Glasgow, and we went to this warehouse dance party thing called Disco X. It was a very debauched night and these two friends got it together in a very sexy way." The song was released as a single in the UK on August 16, 2004. Due to a breach of UK chart rules by providing three tracks on the CD2 format instead of two (in what the band described in a press statement as a "silly schoolboy error") sales of the original CD2 format were disqualified. The disc was withdrawn within a day of release, to be replaced by the end of the week by a two-track version, omitting "Tell Her Tonight (Paul Sings)". This track was released as a free download from Franz Ferdinand and Domino Record's websites from August 17. Despite this, the single still reached #17 in the UK.
The band usually performs a slightly different version of the song at concerts, most notably with the final "Come and dance with me" replaced by the more risqué "Come all over me" (this alternative lyric is in the liner notes, but crossed out and with the recorded lyric written beside it.) Also, "stubble on my sticky lips" is occasionally replaced with "stubble on my sticky hips."
Michael was also included as part of the soundtrack for the PlayStation 2 game, Gran Turismo 4.
A music video was also recorded for the song, with the band members playing at an underground dance club. The occupants of the dance club dance as if they are short videos of a dance being played and replayed over again. During the final chorus the band members are given extra limbs or additions to their instruments while the video ends in a swirl of dancing boys and shots of the band.

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