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Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow. The band is composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals). The band has been nominated for several Grammy Awards. They have been nominated for several BRIT Awards in the UK, and have won an NME Award. With their four studio albums, the band sold over three million albums worldwide in 2009

To date, the band have released 4 studio albums: Franz Ferdinand (2004), You Could Have It So Much Better (2005), Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (2009) and Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013), with one upcoming album with Sparks as the supergroup FFS, titled FFS (2015). The band has also released several extended plays, numerous singles, one remix album, of their third studio album, Blood, and one DVD titled Franz Ferdinand.


The members of Franz Ferdinand played in various bands during the 1990s, including The Karelia, Yummy Fur, 10p Invaders, and Embryo. Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson met at a party and began a close friendship and played together in Yummy Fur, and subsequently teamed up to write songs. Around the same time, Kapranos taught his friend, Bob Hardy, how to play bass after being given a bass guitar by Mick Cooke of Belle & Sebastian. Kapranos met co-guitarist Nick McCarthy, who had returned to Scotland after studying jazz bass in Germany, in 2001. Franz Ferdinand's longtime sound engineer is Michael Parker.

In May 2003 the band signed to Laurence Bell's independent record label, Domino Records. The band had recorded an EP which they intended to release themselves; it was released by Domino as Darts of Pleasure in the latter part of 2003. The band won the "Phillip Hall Radar Award" at the NME Awards of 2004, announced in November 2003.

Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band that formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2002.
The band first experienced chart success when their second single "Take Me Out" reached #3 in the UK Charts,
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.
The name of the band was originally inspired by a racehorse called The Archduke.[8] After seeing the horse run on television the band began to discuss Archduke Franz Ferdinand and thought it would be a good band name because of the sound of the name and the implications of the Archduke's death (his assassination was a significant factor in the lead up to World War I). They discussed it in a very early interview with the Scottish magazine Is This Music?
On the tour that followed the album release, Franz broke the record for the longest run at the Alexandra Palace, North London, by playing four sold out nights in November–December 2005

 

 

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