Artist: Franz Ferdinand Biography

10 Feb 2006, 12:31  113,028,376  3,199,555

Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand is a Scottish rock band that formed in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, in 2002 and played an important part in the post-punk revival of the 2000s. The band was composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals) and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals) until 2016 when McCarthy left them. The next year Julian Corrie (keyboards, synthesiser, guitar and backing vocals) and Dino Bardot (guitar and backing vocals) joined the band.

The band first experienced chart success when their second single "Take Me Out" reached #3 in the UK Charts, followed by their debut album Franz Ferdinand which entered the UK album chart at #3. The band went on to win the 2004 Mercury Music Prize and two BRIT Awards in 2005 for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. NME named Franz Ferdinand as their Album of the Year. From the album, three top-ten singles were released, "Take Me Out", "The Dark of the Matinée" and "This Fire". The band has also received several Grammy Award nominations.

The band is named after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria whose assassination was one of the main reasons for the start of the First World War. The band decided on the name after seeing a racehorse named Archduke Ferdinand win the Northumberland Plate in 2001, eventually coming to the decision as the alliteration and sound of the name appealed to them.

- Discography
Franz Ferdinand (2004)
You Could Have It So Much Better (2005)
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (2009)
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013)
Always Ascending (2018)

Top Track "Franz Ferdinand"

Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand

Take Me Out

1,670,281
11,827,249
Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand

Do You Want To

774,869
4,608,182
This Fire - Franz Ferdinand

This Fire

723,137
3,676,656
Jacqueline - Franz Ferdinand

Jacqueline

635,350
3,064,415
No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand

No You Girls

619,844
4,331,672
Tell Her Tonight - Franz Ferdinand

Tell Her Tonight

606,295
2,791,638
Ulysses - Franz Ferdinand

Ulysses

592,054
4,090,149
Darts of Pleasure - Franz Ferdinand

Darts of Pleasure

589,930
2,775,668
Michael - Franz Ferdinand

Michael

579,087
2,949,655
The Fallen - Franz Ferdinand

The Fallen

574,413
3,172,518
Walk Away - Franz Ferdinand

Walk Away

559,832
3,203,151
Auf Achse - Franz Ferdinand

Auf Achse

512,687
2,597,450
Come On Home - Franz Ferdinand

Come On Home

490,190
2,333,049
Cheating on You - Franz Ferdinand

Cheating on You

479,880
2,223,052
Eleanor Put Your Boots On - Franz Ferdinand

Eleanor Put Your Boots On

451,456
2,203,824
This Boy - Franz Ferdinand

This Boy

446,435
2,207,443
The Dark of the Matinée - Franz Ferdinand

The Dark of the Matinée

390,924
2,118,338
Evil and a Heathen - Franz Ferdinand

Evil and a Heathen

389,488
1,835,416
Outsiders - Franz Ferdinand

Outsiders

384,648
1,892,631
Well That Was Easy - Franz Ferdinand

Well That Was Easy

370,618
1,649,082
What You Meant - Franz Ferdinand

What You Meant

359,216
1,585,406
Fade Together - Franz Ferdinand

Fade Together

350,117
1,568,827
I'm Your Villain - Franz Ferdinand

I'm Your Villain

327,357
1,609,719
40' - Franz Ferdinand

40'

321,796
1,551,760
Lucid Dreams - Franz Ferdinand

Lucid Dreams

281,062
1,690,609
Can't Stop Feeling - Franz Ferdinand

Can't Stop Feeling

278,272
2,028,865
Turn It On - Franz Ferdinand

Turn It On

263,926
1,818,782
Bite Hard - Franz Ferdinand

Bite Hard

263,259
1,699,956
Live Alone - Franz Ferdinand

Live Alone

247,958
1,461,377
Twilight Omens - Franz Ferdinand

Twilight Omens

241,648
1,673,314
The Dark of the Matinee - Franz Ferdinand

The Dark of the Matinee

240,055
1,059,831
Send Him Away - Franz Ferdinand

Send Him Away

234,450
1,473,938
What She Came For - Franz Ferdinand

What She Came For

225,317
1,493,834
Katherine Kiss Me - Franz Ferdinand

Katherine Kiss Me

206,921
1,245,974
Dream Again - Franz Ferdinand

Dream Again

189,306
996,745
Love Illumination - Franz Ferdinand

Love Illumination

181,634
1,188,316
Evil Eye - Franz Ferdinand

Evil Eye

164,813
1,161,120
40 ft - Franz Ferdinand

40 ft

156,724
677,511
Right Action - Franz Ferdinand

Right Action

156,458
925,648
Van Tango - Franz Ferdinand

Van Tango

124,843
450,448
Matinee - Franz Ferdinand

Matinee

116,065
427,026
Bullet - Franz Ferdinand

Bullet

113,951
640,526
Stand on the Horizon - Franz Ferdinand

Stand on the Horizon

111,677
623,450
Shopping for Blood - Franz Ferdinand

Shopping for Blood

105,834
369,211
Fresh Strawberries - Franz Ferdinand

Fresh Strawberries

102,172
534,644
Feel The Pressure - Franz Ferdinand

Feel The Pressure

78,949
265,562
Treason! Animals. - Franz Ferdinand

Treason! Animals.

77,547
394,044
The Universe Expanded - Franz Ferdinand

The Universe Expanded

73,662
345,983