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Franz Ferdinand

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 on iTunes 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, Rovi
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Comments

Crazy good
Franz ferdiand are truely one of the best indie bands on record
Franz ferdinand amongst the greatest indie band in the early 2003..
trol4lve
Keeping it classy
Take me out=awesome
Madden 09 have the game!
Madden
Saw these guys live last month. Best concert i have ever been to.
Woot wooooot
Potato
xza9000
Freaking love this song
Nope they'll never know, and most probably don't care either way...
This was my cousin's favorite song ;_;
:c thanks for the memories Pandora
I knew about this band and I've heard the song Take Me Out but for some reason I've never put the two together before until now...
Imagine dragons
Out*
I've know the song Take Me Put forever, and when we were learning about Archduke Franz Ferdinand I randomly remembered them!
Real Rock - Real all around. If Elvis were alive today he'd listen to this...and so would Johnny Cash.
Ermagerd!!! This song is awesome!!! Follow for a follow. And PLEASE people stop with the stupid chain mail crap! IT DOESNT WORK!!!!!
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out no joke
Thank you!
Can everyone just stop with the stupid chain-mail, please, it is incredably stupid.
emilyrizz123 4 5 4 3 2 1
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out
This freaked me out this isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed it asked out. If you break thus chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
I finally know who sings take me out, thx Pandora
Don't read this because it acually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post it this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it work
This freaked me out this isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed it asked out. If you break thus chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Hard to believe Take Me Out is almost 10 years old.
1. Say your name
2. Close your eyes
3. Say your crushes name
4. Post this on 5 different songs then next time you see them your crush will ask u out
Lol. 10 ba-frickin-j i l l i o n . Me too, bud!!!!!
my son loves these songs
one of my all time faves. havent heard this in FOREVER!!!
don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this comment in at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put at least on 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work.

don't read this beca
10 Years later your band still kicks major as!
U guys rock. So brilliant and so awesome!
Cyber bullies josh is just statin his opinion. Like u guys haven't stated ur opinions before
savanah.belc h e r
arctic monkeys and the white stripes brought me here. but i like take me out. i heard it on the radio..
like it
Madden 05
if I rate it its 10 ba-frickin-j i l l i o n
I always had suspicions on where franz got their name from my main theory was the actual reason been listening to this song for YEARS
haleyjfroehl i c h
Guys, relax. He has a right to his opinion. I disagree, personally, but can see where he's coming from. There is a lot of repetition in Franz Ferdinand's songs, and there are plenty of power chords as well. But those traits are just part of their charm. Simple, straightforw a r d rock.
Go f@#! yourself josh!
All in favor of burning Josh's comment off the face of the planet, as Franz Ferdinand is pretty F**kin' good? All in favor? Oh, unanimous vote for aye? Good
Just stay off the comment section if you can't say something good, josh.
guess you're a f*g then josh
I hate Franz Ferdinand. The songs are repetitive and usually have some crappy power chord chorus and no matter how many times I thumbs down his songs he keeps coming back.
Why would they name themselves after a dead archduke?0.o
Awesome song I'm hearing.
Linsey
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