It sounded like a concept from one of those cheesy horror or sci-fi movies. An internationally known band who has sold millions of albums meets a four-decade old cult band. But that's FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks).
Sparks, from L.A., was formed in '71 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals). They were known for their quirky songs and a theatrical stage presence. Russell's hyperactive antics were countered by a sullen looking Ron who seemed anchored to his keyboard. The sort of thing Cheap Trick perfected, for the pop market, a few years later.
A little more than thirty-years after Sparks formed, Scotland's Franz Ferdinand was founded and went on to sell millions of albums.
The two groups appeared to have little in common, except a mutual admiration. Both bands were booked for '13's Coachella Festival and met in San Francisco where there was talk of recording a song together.
"A lot of times people say that, and nothing ever happens, but they followed up, and we started exchanging ideas, and pretty quickly we had six songs worked up and realized, 'This is going to be an album'," explained Franz Ferdinand's frontman Alex Kapranos.
With the release of their self-titled debut, FFS went on tour.