FFS, the melding of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, prove that collaborations do work with a livelyÂ set in Los Angeles.
FFS is a brilliant concept.Â Take one quirky pop veteran of four decades, combine with the aughts art pop darlings, and turn their mutual admiration into a musical supergroup that highlights their similarities while remaining fresh.
FFS is a true collaboration, with Sparksâ€™ Russell Mael and Franz Ferdinandâ€™s Alex Kapranos sharing or trading vocals on every tune.Â Even the few solo songs performed, such as Franz Ferdinandâ€™s glorious â€œDo You Want Toâ€ and Sparks â€œThe Number One Song in Heaven,â€ featured shared vocals. The shared vocal concept works, because Kapranosâ€™ voice complements Maelâ€™s famous falsetto perfectly.
The inclusion of solo material kept the show moving along at a brisk pace.Â The duo wrapped their set with Sparksâ€™ â€œThis Town Isnâ€™t Big Enough for the Both of Us,â€ Franz Ferdinandâ€™s â€œTake Me Out,â€ followed by FFSâ€™s exuberant anthem, â€œPiss Off.â€ The crowd was on their feet with sheer joy.
The show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles was a triumphant hometown show for Sparks, who earlier this year celebrated the 40th anniversary of their ground-breaking album,Â Kimono My House,Â by performing the album in its entirety with a 38-piece orchestra.