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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 April, 2005, 16:58 GMT 17:58 UK
Franz Ferdinand play for Greens
Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand won two categories at the Brit Awards
Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand are to provide the music for a Green party election broadcast.

The political broadcast, which features the song This Fire, will show a "nightmare vision" of a polluted environment in the future.

The broadcast featuring Franz Ferdinand has been directed by Alex Cox, who made the cult 1980s film, Repo Man.

The Greens, contesting over 200 seats in the general election, are trying to win their first Westminster seat.

'Not cyclists in sandals'

A spokesperson for the Scottish Greens said that Franz Ferdinand were "happy to show their support by giving us free use of the music, but they were reluctant to get drawn in because they are very busy recording at the moment".

Alex Cox, who also made the film Sid and Nancy about the former Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious, endorsed the Green party - and said they were "not the stereotypical cyclists in sandals".

The Greens, who already has a couple of MEPs and more than 60 elected local representatives, have a number of target seats for the general election, including Brighton Pavilion.

They will be hoping to increase their youth appeal with the broadcast featuring Franz Ferdinand, a band which won two categories at this year's Brit Awards.

The election broadcast is to be screened across all terrestrial channels later this week, and will be carried on the party's website from midnight on Sunday.





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