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OriginFranz Ferdinand (band)_header_cell_0_2_0 Glasgow, ScotlandFranz Ferdinand (band)_cell_0_2_1
GenresFranz Ferdinand (band)_header_cell_0_3_0 Franz Ferdinand (band)_cell_0_3_1
Years activeFranz Ferdinand (band)_header_cell_0_4_0 2002–presentFranz Ferdinand (band)_cell_0_4_1
LabelsFranz Ferdinand (band)_header_cell_0_5_0 DominoFranz Ferdinand (band)_cell_0_5_1
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Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 2002. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_0

The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_1

Julian Corrie (keyboards, lead guitar, backing vocals) and Dino Bardot (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) joined the band in 2017 after McCarthy left during the previous year. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_2

The band is one of the more popular post-punk revival bands, garnering multiple UK top 20 hits. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_3

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. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_4

The band's first two singles, "Darts of Pleasure" and "Take Me Out", peaked within the top-50 on the UK Singles Chart. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_5

"Take Me Out" charted in several countries and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal; it became the band's signature song. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_6

Their self-titled debut studio album won the 2004 Mercury Prize and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_7

In 2005, the band released their second studio album, You Could Have It So Much Better, produced by Rich Costey. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_8

It peaked within the top-ten in multiple countries and earned Grammy-nominations for Best Alternative Album and for one of the singles, "Do You Want To". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_9

The band's third studio album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, was released in January 2009; by then the band had shifted from a post-punk-focused sound to a more dance-oriented sound. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_10

A remix album of Tonight, titled Blood, was released in July 2009. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_11

Four years after the release of Tonight, the band released their fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, in August 2013. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_12

In 2015, Franz Ferdinand and American rock band Sparks formed the supergroup FFS and released a one-off self-titled album in June 2015. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_13

Following the departure of McCarthy, the band released their fifth studio album, Always Ascending, in February 2018. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_14

History Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_0

Formation (2002–2003) Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_1

The band's members played in various bands during the 1990s, including The Karelia, Yummy Fur, 10p Invaders, and Embryo. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_15

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. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_16

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. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_17

Kapranos met co-guitarist Nick McCarthy, who had returned to Scotland after studying jazz bass in Germany, in 2001. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_18

Once the members came together, they settled on the name "Franz Ferdinand" for their band. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_19

The name was originally inspired by a racehorse called Archduke Ferdinand. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_20

After seeing the horse win the Northumberland Plate in 2001, the band began to discuss Archduke Franz Ferdinand and thought it would be a good band name because of the alliteration 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. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_21

"Mainly we just liked the way it sounded", said Bob. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_22

"We liked the alliteration". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_23

"He was an incredible figure as well", continued Alex. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_24

"His life, or at least the ending of it, was the catalyst for the complete transformation of the world and that is what we want our music to be. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_25

But I don't want to over-intellectualize the name thing. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_26

Basically a name should just sound good … like music". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_27

Paul offered, "I like the idea that, if we become popular, maybe the words Franz Ferdinand will make people think of the band instead of the historical figure" – talking to is this music? Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_28 . Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_29

Franz Ferdinand and international breakthrough (2003–2005) Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_2

Main article: Franz Ferdinand (album) Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_30

In May 2003 the band signed to Laurence Bell's independent record label, Domino Recording Company. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_31

The band moved to Gula Studios in Malmö, Sweden, with Cardigans producer Tore Johansson to record their debut album. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_32

In the latter part of 2003, the band released their debut single, "Darts of Pleasure". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_33

In January 2004, the single "Take Me Out" (sample (help·)) reached No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_34

3 in the UK charts. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_35

The album, Franz Ferdinand, was released in early 2004, debuting at No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_36

3 in the UK Albums Chart in February 2004, and at No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_37

12 in the Australian album charts in April 2004. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_38

The album only reached the lowest levels of the Billboard 200 album charts in the US as of early 2004, but reached the top 5 of the indie rock chart and the Heatseeker chart for debut artists. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_39

After a couple of North American tours and heavy rotation of the "Take Me Out" video on MTV, the album eventually reached No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_40

32 on the Billboard 200 later in 2004, and sold over a million copies in the United States. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_41

Franz Ferdinand received a generally strong positive response from critics. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_42

NME rated it 9 out of 10, and said that the band was the latest in the line of art school rock bands featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roxy Music, the Sex Pistols, Wire, Travis, and Blur. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_43

On 7 September 2004 the album was awarded the 2004 Mercury Music Prize. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_44

"Take Me Out" gained first place in the Australian Triple J Hottest 100 for 2004, winning more than twice the votes of the second-place entry, with This Fire and The Dark of the Matinee entering at No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_45

24 and No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_46

50 respectively. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_47

Franz Ferdinand won an Ivor Novello Award in 2004 and two BRIT Awards in 2005. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_48

The avant-garde music video for "Take Me Out" earned them a Breakthrough Video MTV Award. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_49

NME named Franz Ferdinand the best album of 2004, and placed it 38th on their 100 Best Albums of All Time list. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_50

The band performed "Take Me Out" as a live medley with Los Lonely Boys, Maroon 5, The Black Eyed Peas, and Gwen Stefani at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in 2005, in which "Take Me Out" was nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Franz Ferdinand was nominated for Best Alternative Album. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_51

"Take Me Out" was featured on the video games NHL 2005, Madden NFL 2005 and the breakthrough game Guitar Hero. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_52

The album has sold around 3.6 million copies worldwide. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_53

You Could Have It So Much Better (2005–2007) Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_3

Main article: You Could Have It So Much Better Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_54

The band spent much of 2005 in the studio in Glasgow working on their follow-up album, You Could Have It So Much Better, which was released on 3 October 2005. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_55

The band initially intended to leave the album self-titled like their debut, but they changed it to You Could Have It So Much Better...With Franz Ferdinand before settling on the final title. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_56

The album's cover design was modelled on Alexander Rodchenko's 1924 portrait of Lilya Brik. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_57

The band attempted to broaden its musical range on the album; Hardy said, "There's more to life than disco-beat guitar music". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_58

It was generally well received in the press and seen as an album equal to, or better than, their first by most critics. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_59

It entered the UK Album Charts at Number 1 and the US charts at Number 8. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_60

The album eventually sold 2 million copies worldwide. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_61

To support the album, four singles were released. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_62

Included in that set is a double A-side single that contained a video-clip-only single as well (both the AA-side "L. Wells" and the video-clip "Jeremy Fraser" are not featured on the album, recorded in early 2006 during the band's tour of Australia in support of the album). Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_63

Also included is another video-clip-only single called "Wine, In the Afternoon" which is the B-side to "Eleanor Put Your Boots On", and was also not featured on the album, but recorded on tour in Michigan. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_64

"Do You Want To" made it to number 4 and was declared by Q to be the greatest single of 2005, while "Walk Away" and "The Fallen" entered the top 15 of the UK Singles Chart. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_65

The fourth and final single from the second album, "Eleanor Put Your Boots On", peaked at number 30. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_66

You Could Have It So Much Better went on to earn a nomination for Best Alternative Album at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in 2006, as did "Do You Want To" for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_67

Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (2007–2011) Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_4

Main article: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_68

On 26 January 2009, the band released their third studio album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, which they had been recording in Glasgow since mid-2007. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_69

The band recorded the album in a disused building in Glasgow that had been a town hall in the past. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_70

Alex Kapranos has stated that "The last record a teenager having sex. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_71

This one's a bit more assured and a bit friendlier for the dance floor." Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_72

Tonight was mixed by Canadian Mix Engineer Mike Fraser. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_73

The song "Ulysses" was chosen to be the first single and was released on 19 January 2009. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_74

It was first played by Zane Lowe on 17 November 2008. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_75

Shortly afterwards it hit YouTube. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_76

It did not see that much success in the UK Top 40, reaching only No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_77

20, but it fared better in Spain and Japan where it reached No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_78

2 and No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_79

3 respectively. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_80

It also entered the Top 20 of the US Modern Rock Chart. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_81

The album, Tonight was released 26 January 2009 and debuted at No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_82

2 in the UK Album Chart and No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_83

9 in the US Billboard 200. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_84

The second single, "No You Girls" saw success both in the charts and on the radio prior to release, eventually reaching No. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_85

7 on the US Modern Rock Chart and was performed by Franz Ferdinand on Comic Relief 2009 Top of The Pops special. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_86

"Can't Stop Feeling" was released on 6 July as the 3rd single from the album and on 28 August, "What She Came For" was released as the 4th single in the form of a remix single. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_87

The band performed "What She Came For" on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on Wednesday, 26 August 2009. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_88

The band appeared on Radio 1's live lounge performing their second single No You Girls, and did a cover of Britney Spears' comeback single "Womanizer". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_89

In February 2009, Glastonbury Festival announced Franz Ferdinand as the first major band playing at that year's festival. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_90

The band also unveiled a 19-date tour of the USA during the spring, in support of the new album. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_91

The tour included a set at the Coachella Festival. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_92

The band were also one of the main stage acts performing at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Swindon in May. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_93

On 6 May 2009, it was announced that Franz Ferdinand would be the 3rd opening act for the Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown World Tour. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_94

They played 8–26 August 2009, and they followed Kaiser Chiefs and The Bravery. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_95

On 1 June 2009, the band released Blood, a compilation album that includes dub music versions of songs from Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_96

The release was timed to coincide with Record Store Day. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_97

iTunes Festival: London 2009, iTunes Store exclusive, was released in June as well. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_98

Also made for the Record Store Day, on 16 April 2011 Domino released the compilation Covers E.P. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_99 , which featured songs of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand played by Peaches, LCD Soundsystem, Stephin Merritt, ESG and Debbie Harry (who recorded in duet with the band). Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_100

The first edition was only vinyl, and on 2 May 2011 it was released on CD. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_101

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action and FFS with Sparks (2012–2015) Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_5

Main article: Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_102

Further information: FFS (band) and FFS (album) Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_103

Writing for a fourth studio album began in 2010. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_104

Kapranos stated that the band promised themselves they would also focus on not over-publicizing their progress as he felt that's something he regretted about their previous album. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_105

In May 2012, the band returned to touring, playing several festivals during the summer of 2012 including a headlining slot at Field Day festival in London's Victoria Park. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_106

Other appearances included Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival, Montreal's 2012 Osheaga Music Festival, Chicago's 2012 Lollapalooza Music Festival, Belgium's Dour Festival, Portugal's Marés Vivas Festival and San Francisco's 2012 Outside Lands Music Festival. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_107

During their 2012 tour, the band gradually introduced new songs to their repertoire, along with a reworked version of Tonight cut "Can't Stop Feeling" combined with "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_108

In March 2013, Franz Ferdinand continued touring and premiering new songs. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_109

In early March they performed "Evil Eye" and "Love Illumination", while the end of the month saw the live premiere of "Goodbye Lovers & Friends". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_110

On 16 May 2013, Franz Ferdinand officially announced their fourth album, titled Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, along with cover art, track listing, and a release date of 26 August 2013. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_111

The band launched the new album at a show at the Electric Brixton. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_112

FMV Magazine's Dan Jenko praised the gig, saying that "there's no reason why latest LP Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action can't be the belated soundtrack of the summer". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_113

On 9 March 2015, it was announced that the band had formed a supergroup with Sparks under the name FFS, with plans to release a studio album and tour Europe during that summer. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_114

A teaser titled "The Domino Effect" was released on the group's YouTube channel that same day. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_115

The John Congleton–produced album, FFS, was officially announced on 1 April 2015. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_116

Three official singles were released from the album: "Johnny Delusional", which was released on 13 April, "Call Girl", which was released on 28 May, and "Police Encounters", which was released on 23 October. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_117

Lineup change and Always Ascending (2016–present) Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_6

In July 2016, the band announced that guitarist Nick McCarthy would not be involved in the recording and touring of their next album, in order to concentrate on his family and other musical interests. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_118

The band, however, have stressed that it is possible he may rejoin the band at a later date. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_119

On 14 October 2016, the band released "Demagogue", a song protesting and satirising the candidacy of Donald Trump in the U.S. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_120 presidential election of 2016. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_121

It was released as part of the 30 Days, 50 Songs programme that featured 50 songs lyrically against Trump and his candidacy. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_122

On 19 May 2017, two days prior to the start of their North American tour, Franz Ferdinand announced their new five-piece line-up, with former Yummy Fur and 1990s member Dino Bardot on guitar and Julian Corrie on keyboards, synth and guitar. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_123

On 25 October, the band released the title track from their fifth studio album, Always Ascending (2018), as its lead single. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_124

They revealed the album's release date, 9 February 2018, and announced dates for a world tour. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_125

Corrie joined the band for the recording sessions of the album, while Bardot joined after recording was completed. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_126

Collaborations and covers Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_7

Franz Ferdinand covered the LCD Soundsystem song "All My Friends" which appeared as a B-side on the single, and LCD Soundsystem covered their song Live Alone in return, which appeared on a covers EP alongside Stephin Merritt, ESG and Debbie Harry who all covered songs from Tonight. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_127

They have also covered "Sexy Boy" by Air, "It Won't Be Long" by The Beatles, Pulp's "Mis-Shapes", Gwen Stefani's top 5 hit "What You Waiting For? Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_128 ", Blondie's "Call Me", Britney Spears' "Womanizer" and David Bowie's song "Sound and Vision", featuring Girls Aloud on backing vocals, for a compilation disc marking the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1, along with other leading artists. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_129

Additionally, Franz Ferdinand recorded a cover of The Fire Engines' song "Get Up and Use Me". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_130

In return, the Fire Engines recorded a cover of "Jacqueline". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_131

The band also took a similar approach with Dutch band De Kift, covering the song "Heisa-Ho" whilst De Kift recorded a cover of "Love and Destroy" with Dutch lyrics. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_132

The cover by De Kift is named "Liefde En Puin" which is the title "Love and Destroy" translated into Dutch. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_133

The band has had remixes by electronic artists Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Justice, The Avalanches, Microfilm, and Erol Alkan. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_134

The band also performed, played, and recorded with Jane Birkin, covering the Serge Gainsbourg song "Sorry Angel" for the 2005 album Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_135

In addition, Franz re-recorded the track "Brown Onions" for David Shrigley's compilation album Worried Noodles. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_136

The band kept instrumentation identical but used lyrics written by Shrigley which include the consistent repetition of the word "No" and occasionally "No brains, no teeth, no legs, no eyes...". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_137

Hot Chip, a band who are reported to be a favourite of Franz Ferdinand, also performed their own version of "No" on the same album. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_138

The band 'met' Gorillaz in December 2005 and interviewed each other for a feature in Observer Music Monthly. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_139

At the 2009 NME Awards ceremony, they performed a cover of Blondie's "Call Me" with Elly Jackson of La Roux on guest vocals. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_140

When Franz appeared on Radio 1's Live Lounge on 6 April 2009 to promote No You Girls, they covered Womanizer by Britney Spears. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_141

They have also collaborated with Marion Cotillard for the 2010 Lady Dior campaign. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_142

The band wrote the lyrics and plays the music for the song "The Eyes of Mars", while the actress is on vocals. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_143

Kapranos noted that it was refreshing working with her as she had a lot of fun going and retrying the song time and time again. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_144

In 2010, Franz Ferdinand contributed to the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack with their adaption of the song "The Lobster Quadrille". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_145

Later that year, Kapranos and McCarthy collaborated on the song "Do It Again" with Edwyn Collins on his album Losing Sleep. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_146

In 2016 Alex Kapranos took part in a documentary about Glasgow music and Chemikal Underground Records called . Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_147

The film was directed by Niall McCann and brought Kapranos (along with members of The Delgados, Mogwai and others) to Mauron, Brittany, to recreate a gig they played when Kapranos was in his earlier band, The Karelia. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_148

The film features Kapranos playing live with Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai, and other musicians such as Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert, and Holy Mountain, as well as interviews with Kapranos and his old label-mates. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_149

Lost in France premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival to wholly positive reviews and was called "funny, vital and sobering" by Scotland's arts bible The Skinny. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_150

Style Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_8

Music and art Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_9

Stylistically, the band has been labeled as "indie rock, post-punk revival, dance-punk, dance-rock, and art rock." Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_151

The band is notable for its use of Russian avant-garde imagery in album and single covers designed by Matthew Cooper. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_152

Examples include: "You Could Have It So Much Better", which references a 1924 portrait of Lilya Brik by Alexander Rodchenko; "Take Me Out", which references One-Sixth Part of the World, also by Alexander Rodchenko; "This Fire" which references Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge by El Lissitzky; and "Michael", with single art based on A Proun by Lissitzky. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_153

The song "Love and Destroy" was inspired by the scene of disorder made by Margarita, a character of Michael Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita", in the apartment of the literature critic Latunzky. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_154

Also, in "Outsiders", the lyrics "In seventeen years will you still be Camille, Lee Miller, Gala or whatever" are a reference to the lovers of the artists Auguste Rodin, Man Ray and Salvador Dalí. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_155

Music videos Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_10

Many of the videos to promote the band's singles take inspiration from Russian avant-garde much like their LP and CD sleeves. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_156

The avant-garde music video for "Take Me Out", directed by Jonas Odell, was inspired by Dadaism (especially Max Ernst's Une Semaine de Bonté), Busby Berkeley choreographies and Russian constructivist design. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_157

Alex Kapranos explained the many and varied influences behind the 1930s-style promo for second single "Take Me Out": "It's kind of two dimensional in a three dimensional style if that makes any sense. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_158

It's a montage of images; ourselves, pictures and things taken from other places and put together in a strange, abstract way. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_159

That's what gives the video that strange, jerky, style". Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_160

The lyrics of "Do You Want To" make reference to parties at the "trendy" Glasgow art gallery Transmission, and the video includes a variety of the work of contemporary artist Vanessa Beecroft. Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_161

Members Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_11

Timeline Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_12

Discography Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_13

Main article: Franz Ferdinand discography Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_162

Studio albums Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_163

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Collaborative albums Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_164

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  • FFS (2015) (with Sparks as FFS)Franz Ferdinand (band)_item_1_5

Awards and honours Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_14

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (band)_sentence_165

See also Franz Ferdinand (band)_section_15

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