Franz Ferdinand are an indie rock band formed in 2002, and based in Glasgow, Scotland. The band is composed of Alex Kapranos,
Bob Hardy, Nick McCarthy, and Paul Thomson.
Indie rock, post-punk revival, dance-rock
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The name of the band was originally inspired by a racehorse called The Archduke.
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 Trivia
• The single release of "Take Me Out" came with the B-side, "All for You, Sophia",
based on the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, whose name was Sophie, not Sophia.
The band chose the name Sophia rather than Sophie to give the song a better ring.
• In 2004 the band played a number of "secret" gigs under the pseudonym "The Black Hands",
alluding to the secret society that was held responsible for the assassination of Franz Ferdinand.