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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Date: Sep 21 2005


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They’re from the UK but they’re starting to build a following in the American music scene. With songs written to make girls dance, Franz Ferdinand dishes out foot-tapping rhythms and bouncy melodies. Their new album, You Could Have It So Much Better, comes out in October, 2005.


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John:  Have you seen Franz Ferdinand in concert before, Dave?

Dave:  No, I haven’t. I just heard about them, maybe a month ago.

John:  Did you know they’re coming to town?

Dave:  Ah, no. Not until you told me.

John:  Yeah, you should…you should check them out. What cd do you have? What album do you have?

Dave:  Ah, I just have their last one. I think it was “epinomous” [eponymous].

John:  Yeah, it’s something like that. I don’t know either. You like it?

Dave:  Yeah, it’s really good. I really like it a lot.

John:  Now, where are they from?

Dave:  They’re from the other side of the pond. They’re, ah, Scottish.

John:  Oh yeah, that’s right. Yeah, I knew they weren’t American.

Dave:  Yeah.

John:  But it’s pretty good stuff.

Dave:  Yeah, it is. They’re really making a splash in the U.S.

John:  What would you say, they’re kind of alternative, right?

Dave:  Kind of alternative, I don’t know, folksy, in a way.

John:  Yeah, yeah. That’s a good description.



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The band is named after Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination in 1914 contributed to the outbreak of World War I. But the band’s members aren’t trying to push politics with the band’s name. “Mainly,” said bassist Bob Hardy, “we just liked the way it sounded. We liked the alliteration.”



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