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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. The band first experienced chart success when their second single, "Take Me Out", reached No. 3 in the UK Charts, followed by their debut album, Franz Ferdinand, which debuted on the UK album chart at No. 3. The band went on to win the 2004 Mercury Music Prize, and two BRIT Awards in 2005 for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. NME named Franz Ferdinand as their Album of the Year. From the album, three top-ten singles were released: "Take Me Out", "The Dark of the Matinée", and "This Fire".
They were part of the mid-2000s post-punk revival along with Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs.
The band's second album, You Could Have It So Much Better, was a platinum-selling album in the United Kingdom and gold-selling in the United States. The album topped the UK Album Charts, and made the top ten in the Billboard 200 in the US. The album produced the hit single "Do You Want To", amongst many other singles. After the release of You Could Have It So Much Better, the band took some time recording their third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, which was released internationally on 26 January 2009, and made the top ten in the United Kingdom and the United States. "Ulysses" was released as the lead single, although "No You Girls" proved to be popular, being their second longest-charting single in the UK, after "Do Yo
GENRE: Indie rock, Post-punk revival, Art rock, New Wave, Alternative rock, Dance-punk, Dance music, Neo-psychedelia, Dubstep, Electro, Indie pop, Dance-rock, Post-Britpop, Rock music