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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 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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

1. Right Action

2. Evil Eye

3. Love Illumination

4. Stand On The Horizon

5. Fresh Strawberries

6. Bullet

7. Treason! Animals.

8. The Universe Expanded

9. Brief Encounters

10. Goodbye Lovers & Friends

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Track List: Blood

1. Feel The Pressure

2. Die On The Floor

3. The Vaguest Of Feeling

4. If I Can't Have You Then Nobody Can

5. Katherine Hit Me

6. Backwards On My Face

8. Feel The Envy

9. Be Afraid

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Track List: Tonight:Franz Ferdinand

1. Ulysses

2. Turn It On

3. No You Girls

4. Send Him Away

5. Twilight Omens

6. Bite Hard

7. What She Came For

8. Live Alone

9. Can't Stop Feeling

10. Lucid Dreams

11. Dream Again

12. Katherine Kiss Me

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Track List: Michael

1. Michael

2. Love And Destroy

3. Missing You

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Track List: Franz Ferdinand

1. Jacqueline

2. Tell Her Tonight

3. Take Me Out

5. Auf Achse

6. Cheating On You

7. This Fire

8. Darts Of Pleasure

9. Michael

10. Come On Home

11. 40'

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Track List: Fresh Strawberries

1. Fresh Strawberries

2. Erdbeer Mund

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Track List: Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (Deluxe Edition)

1. Right Action

2. Evil Eye

3. Love Illumination

4. Stand On The Horizon

5. Fresh Strawberries

6. Bullet

7. Treason! Animals.

8. The Universe Expanded

9. Brief Encounters

10. Goodbye Lovers & Friends

11. Bullet (Live)

12. No You Girls (Live)

13. Evil Eye (Live)

14. Fresh Strawberries (Live)

15. Right Action (Live)

16. Goodbye Lovers & Friends (Live)

17. Can't Stop Feeling (Live)

18. Treason! Animals. (Live)

19. Love & Destroy (Live)

20. Do You Want To (Live)

21. Ulysses (Live)

22. Love Illumination (Live)

23. Stand On The Horizon (Live)

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Track List: You Could Have It So Much Better

1. The Fallen

2. Do You Want To

3. This Boy

4. Walk Away

5. Evil And A Heathen

6. You're The Reason I'm Leaving

7. Eleanor Put Your Boots On

8. Well That Was Easy

9. What You Meant

10. I'm Your Villain

11. You Could Have It So Much Better

12. Fade Together

13. Outsiders

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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
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art- damaged? Who writes these?
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@MooMoo007, you really have nothing better to do than try to piss people off? That's super sad, maybe in your next life you could be a pile of manure, it would b fitting, ....this band kicks a**!
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This is the best way to get back to the next few days and I have been working on a new job. HAND. JOB. understand that
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This is the worst band ever.
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This song could be my song for my funerAl
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This song and Mr. Brightside played key roles in my childhood! My dad raised me on Coldplay and the killers!
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it worked!!!!
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YEEEEEESSSSS S S S
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I love this song ... Js
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wolf_eyes81
Were rocking this song hard. Waiting for sonic, dumb b**ch spilled my shake.
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I'm going to die I love THIS SONG!!#Franz Ferdinand
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The music video is freakin weird but it was cool and the music is dope.:)
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zenas.bakir
Enough of stupid chain comments
Just enjoy the music
Ditto
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I remember the first time I heard this band. I was playing Madden 2005 and I just totally forgot about the song. I just heard the beginning and I knew exactly what it was. This song made my day!
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This band is so fantastic! Their music is so unique, and they're very talented
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Loved. The song ��
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No way! This song is the s**t!
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Cool song
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F**k yess
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Man this song made me remember the alamo.
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Best song when your sad ��
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Mitochondria is the power house of the cell
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That's sound!!!!
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Mitochondria is the power house of the cell
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\(^o^)/
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Great band!!! ❤❤❤
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TAKE ME OUT!
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Which version has the piano version?
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I love the beat and bass of Take me out
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Madden 2005
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whers da lyrecs
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rodriguez.ka r i n a 1 5
Where are the lyrics man xP but awesome song!!!
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We all know if this guy asked us to marry him we'd all say yes. Don't lie.
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☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆
私はこれがとても好きです
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IPhone
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tanyyya
no you girls my fav
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Ahhh Neffy Avery Ehrlich for you muah :-)
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So if your lonely you know I'm here waiting for you...Take me out-Franz Ferdinand
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Salvador (sorry, dare)
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(.Y.)
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This has to be the VERY BEST live song I have EVER heard...#col o r m e i m p r e s s e d
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@zctenten Which song? It's probably something from one of MM's newer albums, yeah?
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Silly people
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Gavrilo Princip was coming out of a deli with a sandwich, when Archduke Ferdinand's car drove by.
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josejacobo59
Great band, but I can't be the only one that thought of archduke franz ferdinand immediately.
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i like taint
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We need some new songs from Franz!!! Cuz we just can't get enough!!!
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@crobar1969 ha- I like the art-damaged description- were you just in a bad mood that day?
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When I learned that somebody killed Franz Ferdinand in History, I questioned why somebody wouldn't like his music :P LOL
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