Franz Ferdinand

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Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band, formed in 2002 and based in Glasgow. The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals). The band has been known for being one of the most popular post-punk revival bands, garnering multiple UK top 20 hits and selling over 3 million albums worldwide, as of late 2009. They have been nominated for several Grammy Awards and have received two Brit Awards—winning one for Best British Group, as well as one NME Award.

The band began by releasing their debut extended play, Darts of Pleasure, in 2003, under Domino Records. The band gained recognition in the United Kingdom after the EP's title track peaked at number 44 on UK Singles Chart. In January 2004, the band released the song "Take Me Out". The song went on to achieve global recognition, charting in several countries, and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It has since been noted as the band's signature song and has received critical acclaim from critics. The band subsequently released their eponymous debut studio album on 9 February 2004 to critical acclaim. The album won the 2004 Mercury Prize and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album.

In 2005, the band released their second studio album, You Could Have It So Much Better, which was produced by Rich Costey. The album went on to earn critical acclaim from critics as well as a positive commercial performance, peaking within the top-ten in multiple countries. The album earned a nomination for Best Alternative Album and one of the singles released from the album, "Do You Want To", earned a nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards.

The band's third studio album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, was announced in late 2008 and released in January 2009. The album was notable for featuring a change in the band's musical style, as the band had shifted from a post-punk-focused sound, which was featured on their first two albums, to a more dance-oriented sound. The album gained a positive commercial performance as well as positive reviews, but not as much acclaim as their first two albums. A remix album of Tonight, titled Blood, was subsequently released in July 2009.

Four years after the release of Tonight, the band released their fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. In 2015, it was announced that Franz Ferdinand and American rock band Sparks had formed the supergroup FFS. The two released the album FFS in June 2015. In 2016, it was announced that Nick McCarthy had taken a break from the band to focus on family matters and other musical projects, but will be returning.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand 4.15 11
2005 You Could Have It So Much Better Franz Ferdinand 4.35 9
2009 Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand 4.3 6
2013 Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Franz Ferdinand 5 7

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 LateNightTales Franz Ferdinand 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Live Tonight Franz Ferdinand 1
2014 Live 2014 Franz Ferdinand 4

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Blood Franz Ferdinand 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand 7
2004 Matinée Franz Ferdinand 1
2004 Michael Franz Ferdinand 6
2004 This Fire Franz Ferdinand 2
2004 Get Up and Use Me / Jacqueline Franz Ferdinand & Fire Engines 1
2005 Do You Want To Franz Ferdinand 9
2005 Walk Away Franz Ferdinand 3
2006 The Fallen Franz Ferdinand 6
2006 Eleanor Put Your Boots On Franz Ferdinand 5
2008 Lucid Dreams Franz Ferdinand 1
2009 Ulysses Franz Ferdinand 4 15
2009 No You Girls Franz Ferdinand 4 4
2009 Can't Stop Feeling Franz Ferdinand 1
2009 What She Came For Franz Ferdinand 1
2009 Live Alone Franz Ferdinand 1
2013 Love Illumination Franz Ferdinand 1
2013 Right Action / Love Illumination Franz Ferdinand 1
2013 Evil Eye Franz Ferdinand 1
2013 Bullet Franz Ferdinand 1
2013 Right Action Franz Ferdinand 1
2014 Fresh Strawberries Franz Ferdinand 2
2014 Stand On the Horizon Franz Ferdinand 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Darts of Pleasure Franz Ferdinand 3
2011 Covers E.P. Franz Ferdinand 3
2012 Covers E.P. Remixes, Volume 2 Franz Ferdinand 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 iTunes Festival: London 2009 Franz Ferdinand 1
2013 Live EP Franz Ferdinand 1
2014 Spotify Sessions: Thoughts, Words, Action Franz Ferdinand 1

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 The North Sea Franz Ferdinand 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Outsiders (Isolée remix) Franz Ferdinand 1
2006 Remixes Franz Ferdinand 2

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