Artist: Franz Ferdinand Biography

10 Feb 2006, 12:31  113,591,544  3,212,302

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

1,681,849
11,972,887
Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand

Do You Want To

778,091
4,633,045
This Fire - Franz Ferdinand

This Fire

725,113
3,691,314
Jacqueline - Franz Ferdinand

Jacqueline

636,791
3,073,790
No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand

No You Girls

622,858
4,357,597
Tell Her Tonight - Franz Ferdinand

Tell Her Tonight

607,511
2,798,477
Ulysses - Franz Ferdinand

Ulysses

593,314
4,102,943
Darts of Pleasure - Franz Ferdinand

Darts of Pleasure

590,994
2,783,030
Michael - Franz Ferdinand

Michael

580,347
2,958,900
The Fallen - Franz Ferdinand

The Fallen

575,431
3,180,619
Walk Away - Franz Ferdinand

Walk Away

561,560
3,216,803
Auf Achse - Franz Ferdinand

Auf Achse

513,704
2,604,133
Come On Home - Franz Ferdinand

Come On Home

491,041
2,338,955
Cheating on You - Franz Ferdinand

Cheating on You

480,736
2,227,695
Eleanor Put Your Boots On - Franz Ferdinand

Eleanor Put Your Boots On

452,348
2,209,137
This Boy - Franz Ferdinand

This Boy

446,981
2,211,614
The Dark of the Matinée - Franz Ferdinand

The Dark of the Matinée

393,549
2,136,975
Evil and a Heathen - Franz Ferdinand

Evil and a Heathen

389,888
1,838,180
Outsiders - Franz Ferdinand

Outsiders

385,230
1,896,654
Well That Was Easy - Franz Ferdinand

Well That Was Easy

370,997
1,651,616
What You Meant - Franz Ferdinand

What You Meant

359,589
1,587,806
Fade Together - Franz Ferdinand

Fade Together

350,469
1,571,538
I'm Your Villain - Franz Ferdinand

I'm Your Villain

327,770
1,612,497
40' - Franz Ferdinand

40'

323,135
1,559,303
Lucid Dreams - Franz Ferdinand

Lucid Dreams

281,671
1,694,710
Can't Stop Feeling - Franz Ferdinand

Can't Stop Feeling

279,035
2,034,875
Turn It On - Franz Ferdinand

Turn It On

264,299
1,821,914
Bite Hard - Franz Ferdinand

Bite Hard

263,714
1,703,864
Live Alone - Franz Ferdinand

Live Alone

248,261
1,463,884
Twilight Omens - Franz Ferdinand

Twilight Omens

242,054
1,677,325
The Dark of the Matinee - Franz Ferdinand

The Dark of the Matinee

240,110
1,060,463
Send Him Away - Franz Ferdinand

Send Him Away

234,785
1,476,568
What She Came For - Franz Ferdinand

What She Came For

225,731
1,497,225
Katherine Kiss Me - Franz Ferdinand

Katherine Kiss Me

207,272
1,249,089
Dream Again - Franz Ferdinand

Dream Again

189,542
998,295
Love Illumination - Franz Ferdinand

Love Illumination

184,518
1,207,567
Evil Eye - Franz Ferdinand

Evil Eye

166,857
1,177,656
Right Action - Franz Ferdinand

Right Action

157,323
932,629
40 ft - Franz Ferdinand

40 ft

156,751
677,701
Van Tango - Franz Ferdinand

Van Tango

124,984
451,144
Matinee - Franz Ferdinand

Matinee

116,082
427,146
Bullet - Franz Ferdinand

Bullet

114,650
645,903
Stand on the Horizon - Franz Ferdinand

Stand on the Horizon

112,788
630,676
Shopping for Blood - Franz Ferdinand

Shopping for Blood

106,055
370,266
Fresh Strawberries - Franz Ferdinand

Fresh Strawberries

102,687
538,476
Feel The Pressure - Franz Ferdinand

Feel The Pressure

79,117
266,159
Treason! Animals. - Franz Ferdinand

Treason! Animals.

77,875
396,223
The Universe Expanded - Franz Ferdinand

The Universe Expanded

74,025
348,236