Eight months ago, the music press claimed Franz Ferdinand had arrived to change our lives. If the events of 2004 are anything to go by, this wild hyperbole is not too far off the mark. Their ubiquitous single Take Me Out, a universally acclaimed and million selling debut album, sold out tours, a music industry uproar in the States, numerous triumphant festival performances, a Mercury Music Prize nomination and Alex Kapranos' retro shirt collection have made them the most talked about band in Britain.
Michael is the fourth track to be lifted from their album, and will certainly aid their ascendancy to the heady heights of global fame. The typical Franz characteristics are all there: a catchy, aggressive chorus and intelligent tongue-in-cheek lyrics that their indie audience lust after - "You're the boy with all the leather hips/Sticky hair, sticky hips/ Stubble on my sticky lips".
It's yet another Franz Ferdinand track to let your hair down and dance to at their gigs and come December, it will certainly be there or thereabouts in the singles of the year polls. What's more we hear that the single will be backed by a German version of album track Tell Her Tonight - something for everyone.