After four years of relative silence, Scottish band Franz Ferdinand released a new LP today, one that seems to makes reference to three factors of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path. The album’s titled Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action — and these could be seen to correspond with “Right View,” “Right Speech,” and “Right Conduct.”
That’s because they do. But there’s not much more to the connection: as the band’s bassist, Bob Hardy, told STACK, “The title was a lyric in one of the songs, “Right Action,” and it summed up the positive mood we were in. You can apply those three rules to anything in life; it’s a positive outlook, and that’s how we felt making the record. It’s like a Buddhist thing – I googled it – it’s a yoga mantra, or something.”
Okay, not a “yoga mantra,” but definitely a “Buddhist thing.” You can hear that song, “Right Action,” here. …Now, if Franz Ferdinand’s next album is called Right Resolve, Right Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration, then, we’ll be on to something.