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Alex Kapranos(vocals, guitar)
Paul Thomson(drums, guitar)
Artistfacts for Franz Ferdinand
To coincide with Record Store day in 2009, the band released Blood, an album comprised wholly of Dub versions of songs from their third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.
The band has covered songs by various artists including LCD Soundsystem, The Beatles, Pulp, Britney Spears, David Bowie, and Blondie. Their songs have also been remixed by various well known electronic artists like Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Justice, The Avalanches, Microfilm and Erol Alkan.
The B-side to the band's single, "Take Me Out
" was a song called "All For You, Sophia." In keeping with their fascination with Archduke Franz Ferdinand, for whom the band is named, "All For You, Sophia," contains references to historical figures associated with the assassination of the figure like assassin Gavrilo Princip, the Black Hands, which was the secret society who claimed responsibility for the assassination and the driver of the car that Ferdinand was riding in when he was assassinated.
The members of the band all have different ideas about the name, Franz Ferdinand.
Bob Hardy: "Mainly we just liked the way it sounded. We liked the alliteration."
Alex Kapranos: "He was an incredible figure as well. 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. But I don't want to over-intellectualize the name thing. Basically a name should just sound good ... like music."
Paul Thomspon: "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."
Franz Ferdinand's videos and album covers are all inspired by Russian avant-garde art and the art movement of Dada. The video for "Take Me Out," was inspired by Dada artist Max Ernst's graphic novel Une Semaine de Bonte, as well as the choreography of Busby Berkely and Russian constructivist design.
The band's debut album, Franz Ferdinand, got great praise from the critics at NME, getting a 9 out of 10 rating and lumping the band into prestigious company, comparing them to bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who, Duran Duran, Travis and Blur.