Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band formed in 2002, and based in Glasgow. The band has been nominated for several Grammy Awards. The song Love and Destroy, with the exciting chorus «Margarita - Love and Destroy» was released in 2004 as the b-side of the single Michael and is based on the scene in which Margarita flies over Moscow on her way to the Walburgis Night.

On the website of Franz Ferdinand is explained what the song means to Alex Kapranos, frontman of the band:

«This track, one of Franz Ferdinand's early creations, is based on the novel 'The Master And Margarita' by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Unlike many novels that explore the conflict between Jesus and Pontius Pilate and quickly become theological essays, Bulgakov introduces the Jesus-Pilate conflict and supporting events within a story set in the modern day Russia, complete with witches, sorcery, Satan's ball, and accurate portraits of somewhat complex, contradictory, and sometimes despicable Russian characters bred under absurd communist notions of utopian society.

A dream was turned into reality for Alex when Franz Ferdinand played the song in Russia in May 2005. Early versions of the song are referred to as 'Margarita'.»

In 2013, Franz Ferdinand released its fourth studio album entitled Right Notes, Right Words, Wrong Order. To promote this album, a breathtaking live session was recorded at the legendary Konk Studios in London, which was distributed in a limited deluxe version of 500 copies as The Passport Edition. One of the songs from the Konk sessions is the version of Love and Destroy you can watch with the link hereunder.

Link to the Konk session

Technical details

Franz Ferdinand - Love And Destroy

Michael (single CD)

Alexander Kapranos (lead vocals, guitar)
Robert Hardy (bass guitar)
Nicholas McCarthy (guitar, keyboard, backing vocals)
Paul Thomson (drums, backing vocals)

Domino, 2004

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