Franz Ferdinand

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : September 21, 2005

This must be my season for concerts.  Until I went to Green Day the other day, I’d only really been to one major concert: Garth Brooks in the Fargo Dome (my nickname in High School was "Garth").  My wife is getting a couple free tickets to Franz Ferdinand for me from her work (Saint Paul Public Schools).  I’m really excited.  I like Franz Ferdinand alot.  I hope I have some sort of insightful commentary on my experience tomorrow, but it isn’t likely.

Someone should develop a personality test based solely upon musical tastes.  If someone has the coding skills, what you’d need to do is create a dynamic database…ask a person to list off their 5 favorite bands, and then ask personality questions of them.  If you have a couple thousand people doing that, the database would have enough data to cross reference certain band preferences with certain traits…just an idea.

B0001zmwqo01_pe29_scmzzzzzzz__1I wonder what my like for Franz Ferdinand says?  I know they’re sort of "college prep pop punk." I wish I had a taste for underground stuff…but it takes alot of energy and time to know enough to get into underground music.  I have friends whose lives center around music the way mine does around theology and ecclesiology and whatnot.  If I don’t watch myself I can come off as an elitist, condescending bastard when it comes to theological junk…and that is how my musical elite friends can come across too. 

For me, Franz Ferdinand is the bees knees.  They are pretty much the most satisfying music I’ve found in recent years and if that makes me a sheep, then so be it.  I’d like to have deeper tastes, but at least I take comfort in the fact that there are many many other sheep like me out there. 

Mark Van Steenwyk is the general editor of Jesus Manifesto. He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife (Amy), son (Jonas) and some of their friends.

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