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[[caption-width-right:350: Left to right: Alex, Paul, Nick and Bob.]]
Franz Ferdinand is a Scottish [[PostPunk post-punk]]/DancePunk band formed in 2002. Their band name is named both after the Austrian archduke whose assassination sparked UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, as well as a racehorse named Archduke Ferdinand (which was [[NamesTheSame named after the archduke]]).

The musicians are:

* Alex Kapranos- lead vocals, guitar
* Nick [=McCarthy=]- backing vocals, keyboard, rhythm guitar
* Bob Hardy- bass guitar
* Paul Thomson- drums, backing vocals, other percussion

!! Discography:

* ''Franz Ferdinand'' (2004)
* ''You Could Have It So Much Better'' (2005)
* ''Tonight: Franz Ferdinand'' (2009)
** ''Blood: Franz Ferdinand'' (2009) - A dance-rock dub remix album of ''Tonight''.
* ''Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'' (2013)
* Unnamed album with Music/{{Sparks}} (In production)

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!!The band and their music contains examples of:

* AlliterativeName: ''Franz Ferdinand'', duh.
* AlliterativeTitle: "Swallow, Smile", "Forty Feet" (usually written as "40'").
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: As one person noted regarding the "Evil Eye" music video:
-->''"The clip splices together a stomach-turning montage of gross-out footage: Blood spewing from a sink faucet, people getting butchered and dismembered, throats being cut, cannibalism, and frontman Alex Kapranos sporting [[PornStache a dirtbag moustache]]."''
* TheBackwardsR: In, at minimum, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haW_ruZ_Be8 the video for "This Fire"]].
* BlitheSpirit: Lynsey Wells (of "L. Wells"), particularly as depicted in the video. Worth nothing that she is a real person the band knew (though not the girl in the video).
* BreakupSong: "Walk Away".
* UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}: ''Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'' is a free adaptation from the Noble Eightfold Path.
* CallBack[=/=]ContinuityNod: the ending of "Swallow, Smile" echoes the lyrics from "Well That Was Easy".
* CaptainObvious: This extract from "This Fire":
-->"Now there is a fire in me, a fire that burns".
* ConceptAlbum: ''Tonight:'', the tale of a long, hard-partying night of drunken debauchery (most likely in Glasgow).
* ConceptVideo: "Jeremy Fraser".
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Averted with their cover of "Womanizer".
* CrossOver: They are currently recording an album with Music/{{Sparks}}.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The videos for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3zzTXNS4Aw L. Wells]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc6l3XeA_94 Jeremy Fraser]]", and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMfjROpKCnw Bullet]]" and a lot of promotional pictures.
* DreamWalker: A common interpretation of "Lucid Dreams" is that it's about a man wanting his lover to join him in dreamland.
* {{Ending Theme}}/{{Real Song Theme Tune}}: "Do You Want To" is the ending theme to ''Manga/ParadiseKiss''.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim \ StupidSexyFlanders: "Michael".
* EpicRocking: "Lucid Dreams" is almost 8 minutes long.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: "No You Girls" uses a human skeleton for percussion.
* FiveTokenBand: Sort of. Paul is the only one that's purely Scottish. Bob is English, Nick was raised in Germany, and Alex is half-Greek. Note that they don't really play this up, certain...[[YaoiFangirl ahem, fangirls]] do.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: As further defined:
** Alex: Sanguine
** Nick: Choleric
** Paul: Melancholic
** Bob: Phlegmatic
* GratuitousGerman: the ending of "Darts of Pleasure".
** "Auf Achse" is a title-only example.
** And then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGcLODDy9Uw the German version]] of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-SFac3GpxY Tell Her Tonight]]".
* {{Guyliner}}: All the band members in the music video for "This Fire".
* IntercourseWithYou: "Do You Want To".
* InTheStyleOf:
** "Eleanor Put Your Boots On" and "Wine in the Afternoon" are described as [[Music/TheBeatles "beatlesque"]].
** The music video for "Walk Away" is done in the style of a FilmNoir.
* KidsAreCruel: "Jeremy Fraser", which may also double as a MurderBallad.
* LifeIsButADream: The narrator of "Lucid Dreams" lives in lucid dreams and prefers it that way.
* LongDistanceRelationship: The subject of "Come On Home" and "Eleanor Put Your Boots On".
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type I; the lineup has been the same ever since the band formed in 2002.
* LongTitle: "Eleanor Put Your Boots On", ''You Could Have It So Much Better'', ''Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action''.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Do You Want To", "Lucid Dreams" (album version only).
* MindScrew: The album version of "Lucid Dreams".
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Tonight:''.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Auf Achse".
* NotChristianRock: Nobody would ever accuse Franz Ferdinand of being a Christian band, but given "Auf Achse", "The Fallen", and a few other songs, it's pretty obvious that if nothing else, Alex's year of Theology at the University of Glasgow gave him a firm grip on Christian imagery (and a distinct vision of Christ, to boot).
* ObsessionSong: "This Fire".
* OdeToIntoxication:
** "Ulysses".
** Averted with "Wine in the Afternoon". It's a standard love song; the drinking is thrown in as a bonus.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Bob is 33, Nick is 37, Paul is 39 and Alex is '''41'''.
* OneWomanSong:
** "Jacqueline" and "L. Wells" (the L. is short for "Lynsey").
** "Michael" is a [[SpearCounterpart One Man Song]].
* OopNorth: Other than Paul (who is Glasgow born and raised), the whole band originally hails from here. Alex spent his first eight years in Tyne and Wear,[[note]]Partially in the small city of Washington. As in [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington George]]; it's where the first POTUS' ancestors came from. So Alex can claim to be "from Washington" and not be lying.[[/note]] Nick was born in Blackpool (and then grew up in Germany), and Bob is from Bradford in West Yorkshire.
* PerspectiveFlip: At the end of "No You Girls", the lyrics are sung from a girl's point of view.
* RecycledLyrics: Taken to its logical extreme; "No You Girls" and "Katherine Kiss Me" are ''the same song'', on the same album, with a different melody. This is driven home on Alex's Soundcloud, where the demo version of "No You Girls" is named "Catherine Kiss me".
* ReligionRantSong: "The Fallen". As Alex would have it, JesusWasWayCool, and were he alive today, would be hanging with the poor and downtrodden, and not the self-declared Christians drinking champagne and riding in limousines. (In other words, [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche the last Christian died on the Cross]], and [[MahatmaGandhi Christ is so unlike the Christians]]).
* {{Retraux}}: The band loves all kinds of ''tasteful'' blast-from-the-past fashions, to say nothing of all the vintage equipment they use.
* TheRoaringTwenties: Their first album ''runneth over'' with the references to the '20s--especially in the videos, which are obviously influenced by {{Dada}} and Vkhutemas/Soviet Constructivism.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their debut. Originally every single album would be named ''Franz Ferdinand'', differentiated by the cover, but the idea was dropped.
* SharpDressedMan: All four of them. Look at the page picture. Alternately, look at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haW_ruZ_Be8 the video for "This Fire"]]. It goes with everything they've done, too, from the Soviet Constructivist look of their first album to whatever you call what they're doing now.
* ShownTheirWork: Sure, they may have been named for a horse rather than the assassinated archduke, but ''All For You Sophia'' shows they aren't ignorant of the latter.
* ShoutOut:
** In the lyrics booklet, the line "come and dance with me" in "Michael" is preceded by a crossed-out "[[RollingStones come all over me]]."
** ''I'm on [[TheBBC BBC Two]] now/Telling Radio/TerryWogan how/I made it and/What I made is not clear now/But his laughter is and his deference is...''
** "Love and Destroy" is based on the plot of ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita''.
** [[Literature/TheOdyssey "Ulysses", natch]]. (Although a reference to that other ''[[Literature/{{Ulysses}} Ulysses]]'' may have been intended, as well.)
** From "Outsiders": "In seventeen years / Will you still be Camille, / Lee Miller, Gala or whatever".
** "Walk Away" is rife with references to Radio 4 and various historical figures.
* SixthRanger: Andy Knowles of The Firey Furnaces, who occasionally filled in on an instrument if the main player goes on something else (keyboard, drums, what have you)
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Some of the songs (e.g. "Jeremy Fraser", "Fabulously Lazy" and "Van Tango") are sung by Nick, and the German version of "Tell Her Tonight" is sung by Paul.
* StylisticSuck: The video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIR5vBiC3ig Evil Eye]]" is made to look like a low budget horror film.
* SubliminalSeduction: If played backwards, "Michael" contains a secret message:
-->''Call your mother, she's worried about you''
* SurrealMusicVideo:
** "Take Me Out", making use of collage techniques similar to {{Dada}} and Creator/TerryGilliam's animations for Creator/MontyPython.
** "Evil Eye". Even with the low budget horror film look, it still doesn't explain everything going on there.
** Their B-Side release, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie2JpR7xzvg Erdbeer Mund]]" is sung completely in German, contains visual effects last seen in an acid trip, and contains Nick [=McCarthy=] in drag.
* TitleTrack:
** "You Could Have It So Much Better".
** "Right Action" is a shortening of the album's title, ''Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action''.
* TranslatedCoverVersion: Their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGcLODDy9Uw German cover]] of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-SFac3GpxY Tell Her Tonight]]," featuring Paul. Strange, seeing as it was Nick who grew up in Bavaria.
* UnpluggedVersion: Acoustic versions have been recorded of "Take Me Out", "The Fallen", "Twilight Omens", "Walk Away", "No You Girls", "Ulysses", "The Dark of the Matinee", and "Darts of Pleasure", the latter under a different name.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Subverted by how the band started. Nick drunkenly stole Alex's bottle of vodka at a drunken party in (where else?) Glasgow. On the edge of a fight, Alex asks Nick : "Can you play the drums?" (as Paul was the one who originally played the guitar). It turned out he really couldn't, but they switched things around, and a band was born.
** This fight may or may not have also ended with the two kissing.
* YourMakeupIsRunning: "Walk Away"
-->''Mascara bleeds a blackened tear''
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