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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, Rovi
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tanyyya
no you girls my fav
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Anyone who has My Chemical Romance on their station needs to follow me. Any one who doesn't, needs to put it there and then follow meB-)
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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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madisonrebec c a 0 1
me too!!! @jurgan6
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Why.so hateful? We live on the same world. Please add who you are. It's nots so hard.add peas my heart
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Take Me Out(Live) I would like to see them in concert.
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*first time I heard this artist* "uh... Franz Ferdinand was the king that was assassinated . . . 0-0" XD
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This song is so good<3 I think my heart stopped from over working itself:/
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I always think this song is by The Killers.
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fandersonj3
\(^O^)/ :B
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fandersonj3
La la la WHAT CANT HERE U LISTENING TO THE MUSIC
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Follow for a follow
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Something never comes...,
Done done and I'm on to the next one Dead dead and I'm on to the next one..
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Take me out . Great song love the guitar solos. :D <3
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This song sounds almost exactly like Modest Mouse...
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Known these guys 4ev, still Luv<3
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!!!!!!!!!!!
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I love this song !!!
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Too
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I like the beggining toi
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artheartrew1 2
I like the beginning of the song more than the chorus
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sckarekrow
shut the f**k up with your stupid comments.
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Leo
Monday
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Song to dance your a** off
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Sounds like David Bowie
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Social media whores annoy me
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add me on Instagram lol princesswill y _
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walkliz
Lynch said yes to be a good deal on the fence redoing and I am a bit of business and then had to the library lunch naps special effects of fun to see the Temple of fun to see what we do it was to get to sleep while curry's first place and the kids were pretty good baby rhymes the Temple development ppl to be done a bit too opinionated with the chickens ate dinner I think that was a yellow card number of the kids were pretty good baby rhymes and then we went and weed out to be a meditation and th
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magis13442
Fidkd
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World War 1 was caused by this guy...and a sandwich.
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guess i will die then
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love this song
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NHL 2005.
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TAKE ME OUT
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Like rain ? Then burn natural wooden logs in a free air enviroinment like outside and after two days, it will begin to rain and our drout will be no more, all in season of course
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Whenever I listen to this song I think about Batman and The Joker. Anyone feel the same?
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XD
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