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Glasgow's art-damaged rock quartet Franz Ferdinand -- named for the Austro-Hungarian Archduke whose murder sparked World War I -- feature bassist Bob Hardy, guitarist Nick McCarthy, drummer Paul Thomson, and singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos. In late 2001, Kapranos and Hardy had begun working on music together when they met McCarthy, a classically trained pianist and double bass player who originally played drums for the group despite no prior experience as a drummer. The trio had been rehearsing at McCarthy's house for a while when they met and started playing with Thomson, a former drummer for the Yummy Fur who felt like playing guitar instead. Eventually, McCarthy and Thomson switched to guitar and drums, and the band switched practice spaces, stumbling upon an abandoned warehouse that they named the Chateau. The Chateau became Franz Ferdinand's headquarters, where they rehearsed and held rave-like events incorporating music and art (Hardy graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, and Thomson also posed as a life model there). The bandmembers needed a new rehearsal space once their illicit art parties were discovered by the police, and they found one in a Victorian courthouse and jail. By summer 2002, they'd recorded an EP's worth of material that they intended to release themselves, but word of mouth about the band spread and Franz Ferdinand signed to Domino in the summer of 2003. The group's EP Darts of Pleasure, which led some to label Franz Ferdinand "the Scottish Interpol," was released that fall, and the band spent the rest of the year supporting groups such as Hot Hot Heat and Interpol. Franz Ferdinand's second single, Take Me Out, arrived in early 2004. The single propelled them to greater popularity in the U.K. and laid the groundwork for the band's debut album. Franz Ferdinand was released in February 2004 in the U.K. and a month later stateside. Franz Ferdinand's success followed them across the pond; "Take Me Out" became a sizable modern rock hit, in part thanks to the song's cutting-edge video, which earned the Breakthrough Video award at that year's MTV Music Video Awards. The group's momentum continued with the release of the Michael single and Mercury Prize win over such artists as the Streets, Basement Jaxx, and Keane. Franz Ferdinand released their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better, in fall 2005. The bandmembers began writing songs for their third album that year, but scrapped them for a fresh set of songs that they planned to make into a "dirty pop" concept album. Franz Ferdinand tried out a few producers to help them go in a more dance- and pop-influenced direction, including Erol Alkan and Xenomania, the production team behind many of Girls Aloud's hits, before deciding on Dan Carey, who had worked with Kylie Minogue, CSS, Hot Chip, and Lily Allen. The song "Lucid Dreams" appeared on the soundtrack to Madden NFL 09 and was released in fall 2008; early in 2009, the single Ulysses arrived a week before the release of Franz Ferdinand's third album, Tonight. That summer, the band released Blood, an album featuring dub-inspired remixes of Tonight's songs. Franz Ferdinand began working on new material in 2010, gradually incorporating new songs into their setlists while touring in 2012 and 2013. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, which featured collaborations with Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor, Peter Björn & John's Björn Yttling, Veronica Falls' Roxanne Clifford, and DJ Todd Terje, arrived in August 2013 and delivered a bold, streamlined sound reminiscent of the band's earliest work. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
Franz Ferdinand

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    Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

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    You Could Have It So Much Better

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    Franz Ferdinand

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    Franz Ferdinand [Bonus CD]

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    Stand On The Horizon

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    Blood: Franz Ferdinand

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    Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action

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    Fresh Strawberries

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    Take Me Out

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    Live 2014

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    Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand

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    Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action

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    Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action [Deluxe Edition] [Limited Edition]

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    Blood

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Top Songs by
Franz Ferdinand

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    Popularity
  2.   Take Me Out
  3.   No You Girls
  4.   Ulysses
  5.   This Fire
  6.   Do You Want To
  7.   Right Action
  8.   The Dark of the Matinee
  9.   Jacqueline
  10.   Can't Stop Feeling
  11.   The Fallen
  12.   Sound And Vision
  13.   Call Me
  14.   Darts of Pleasure
  15.   Lucid Dreams
  16.   Michael
  17.   Twilight Omens
  18.   Tell Her Tonight
  19.   I'm Your Villain
  20.   Love Illumination
  21.   Fresh Strawberries
  22.   40'
  23.   Walk Away
  24.   What You Meant
  25.   Evil and a Heathen
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