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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. They're named after the Austrian archduke whose assassination sparked UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.

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:

* ''[[Music/FranzFerdinand2004 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)
* ''FFS'' (2015) - Collaborative album with Music/{{Sparks}}

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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 Kyle [=McGovern=] of Spin magazine 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]]."''
* AscendedFanboy: The whole band are one to Music/{{Sparks}}. Around the time Franz's debut came out, Alex wrote a flattering article about them in the NME. Flash forward ten years, and the two bands have recorded a whole album together.
* TheBackwardsR: In, at minimum, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haW_ruZ_Be8 the video for "This Fire"]]. Fitting, as the video has a heavy influence of Soviet Constructivist art.
* 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".
* 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".
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The videos for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3zzTXNS4Aw L. Wells]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc6l3XeA_94 Jeremy Fraser]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMfjROpKCnw Bullet]]" and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAbPx_-IJBI Fresh Strawberries]] and a lot of promotional pictures. Its fair to say they quite like this trope.
* DreamWalker: A common interpretation of "Lucid Dreams" is that it's about a man wanting his lover to join him in dreamland.
* EndingTheme: "Do You Want To" is the ending theme to ''Manga/ParadiseKiss''.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: "Michael".
* EpicRocking: "Lucid Dreams" is almost 8 minutes long.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: "No You Girls" uses a human skeleton for percussion.
* 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.
* 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).
* MadnessMantra: The outro of "Treason! Animals" as said in the lyric packet. "I am an animal, oh give me an animal crown (x infinity)"
* 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.
* OneWomanSong:
** "Jacqueline" and "L. Wells" (the L. is short for "Lynsey").
** "Michael" is a [[DistaffCounterpart One Man Song.]]
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/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 UsefulNotes/{{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 "[[Music/TheRollingStones come all over me]]."
** At the end of "The Dark of the Matinée": ''So I'm on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC 2]] 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''
* {{Supergroup}}: They formed FFS with Music/{{Sparks}} in the mid-2010s, and they made it clear that it was a whole new band and not Sparks backed by Franz Ferdinand or Franz Ferdinand featuring Sparks.
* SurrealMusicVideo:
** "Take Me Out", making use of collage techniques similar to UsefulNotes/{{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.
** "Love Illumination'', It cuts to rapidly shifting random patterns, weirldy sexual images, stiffly moving creatures, the band in animal masks, and a bunch of other strangeness. Drugs not required.
* 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.
* {{Yandere}}: The FFS song "So Desu Ne".
--> She's a mountaineer of love \\
She's climbing Mount Fuji \\
Nothing but a Kenzo kimono on \\
Carrying a Hello Kitty Uzi
* YourMakeupIsRunning: "Walk Away"
-->''Mascara bleeds a blackened tear''
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