Artist: Franz Ferdinand Biography

10 Feb 2006, 12:31  110,609,088  3,149,475

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)

Sites: FranzFerdinandFans.org.UK (fan site)

Top Track "Franz Ferdinand"

Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand

Take Me Out

1,622,735
11,270,127
Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand

Do You Want To

763,797
4,518,234
This Fire - Franz Ferdinand

This Fire

716,415
3,617,307
Jacqueline - Franz Ferdinand

Jacqueline

630,506
3,026,170
No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand

No You Girls

608,480
4,233,174
Tell Her Tonight - Franz Ferdinand

Tell Her Tonight

602,246
2,761,434
Ulysses - Franz Ferdinand

Ulysses

586,995
4,037,493
Darts of Pleasure - Franz Ferdinand

Darts of Pleasure

585,952
2,740,691
Michael - Franz Ferdinand

Michael

574,540
2,910,138
The Fallen - Franz Ferdinand

The Fallen

570,658
3,138,727
Walk Away - Franz Ferdinand

Walk Away

554,333
3,154,878
Auf Achse - Franz Ferdinand

Auf Achse

508,974
2,565,445
Come On Home - Franz Ferdinand

Come On Home

486,908
2,305,619
Cheating on You - Franz Ferdinand

Cheating on You

476,802
2,200,451
Eleanor Put Your Boots On - Franz Ferdinand

Eleanor Put Your Boots On

448,006
2,182,694
This Boy - Franz Ferdinand

This Boy

444,130
2,190,432
Evil and a Heathen - Franz Ferdinand

Evil and a Heathen

387,696
1,823,261
Outsiders - Franz Ferdinand

Outsiders

382,366
1,874,737
The Dark of the Matinée - Franz Ferdinand

The Dark of the Matinée

381,783
2,047,249
Well That Was Easy - Franz Ferdinand

Well That Was Easy

369,017
1,637,706
What You Meant - Franz Ferdinand

What You Meant

357,706
1,575,125
Fade Together - Franz Ferdinand

Fade Together

348,705
1,558,873
I'm Your Villain - Franz Ferdinand

I'm Your Villain

325,701
1,597,299
40' - Franz Ferdinand

40'

316,638
1,522,781
Lucid Dreams - Franz Ferdinand

Lucid Dreams

278,668
1,673,752
Can't Stop Feeling - Franz Ferdinand

Can't Stop Feeling

274,794
2,001,437
Turn It On - Franz Ferdinand

Turn It On

262,217
1,805,085
Bite Hard - Franz Ferdinand

Bite Hard

261,361
1,684,076
Live Alone - Franz Ferdinand

Live Alone

246,673
1,449,418
The Dark of the Matinee - Franz Ferdinand

The Dark of the Matinee

239,737
1,056,843
Twilight Omens - Franz Ferdinand

Twilight Omens

239,640
1,655,732
Send Him Away - Franz Ferdinand

Send Him Away

232,880
1,462,624
What She Came For - Franz Ferdinand

What She Came For

223,148
1,478,729
Katherine Kiss Me - Franz Ferdinand

Katherine Kiss Me

205,526
1,233,887
Dream Again - Franz Ferdinand

Dream Again

188,330
989,719
Love Illumination - Franz Ferdinand

Love Illumination

172,539
1,116,652
Evil Eye - Franz Ferdinand

Evil Eye

157,425
1,091,960
40 ft - Franz Ferdinand

40 ft

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676,420
Right Action - Franz Ferdinand

Right Action

152,955
896,221
Van Tango - Franz Ferdinand

Van Tango

124,081
447,023
Matinee - Franz Ferdinand

Matinee

116,004
426,443
Bullet - Franz Ferdinand

Bullet

111,107
618,354
Stand on the Horizon - Franz Ferdinand

Stand on the Horizon

108,114
596,653
Shopping for Blood - Franz Ferdinand

Shopping for Blood

104,987
365,080
Fresh Strawberries - Franz Ferdinand

Fresh Strawberries

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519,362
Feel The Pressure - Franz Ferdinand

Feel The Pressure

78,235
262,773
Treason! Animals. - Franz Ferdinand

Treason! Animals.

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384,116
The Universe Expanded - Franz Ferdinand

The Universe Expanded

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335,269