Their debut was an instant hit, the follow-up a disappointment. Third time round, Franz Ferdinand have put the glitterball back into the guitar stomp with their new album Tonight, reveals Aidan Smith.
THEY have secured a Mercury Music Prize, a number one album and millions of fans around the world in their first four years of stardom. But Franz Ferdinand have a skeleton in their closet.
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AFTER two best-selling albums, dozens of awards and critical and commercial success worldwide, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has added another string to his bow, by turning music producer.
IT'S SO much better on holiday. At least it is if you're a member of Franz Ferdinand.
FRANZ Ferdinand's lead singer Alex Kapranos has revealed that the band's Scottish homecoming almost turned to tragedy at the T in the Park music festival when he accidentally ate a tuna dish containing allergy-triggering nuts just minutes before going on stage.
ROCK stars Franz Ferdinand are to join the line-up at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, it was announced yesterday.
When I was told I was going to be photographing Franz Ferdinand in Madrid, I just couldn't believe it.
HE WRITES songs for girls to dance to and his band have sold millions of records in just three years.
When you are but a cog - no, a cogette - in the mighty media whirl, you often fantasise about what it must be like to wield great power. For instance, if I were to key the words 'Franz' and 'Ferdinand' into the cuttings library in my computer, could I cause complete system meltdown?
Hear Alex Kapranos, lead singer of Franz Ferdinand, and bass guitarist Bob Hardy in conversation with Scotland on Sunday features writer Aidan Smith.
SCOTS rockers Franz Ferdinand have become the latest high-profile names to join a major campaign for free healthcare in Africa.
SCOTS rockers Franz Ferdinand have joined a major campaign for free healthcare in Africa.
FRANZ Ferdinand front-man Alex Kapranos is set to release a book this summer - and it's not an account of his rock and roll lifestyle.
SCOTS rockers Franz Ferdinand turned down a lucrative role in a $50m (£29m) advertising campaign for fear it would compromise their artistic integrity.
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, MANY Scottish bands have found themselves sucked into the wake of Franz Ferdinand. The feeling, however, is that they've mostly been shoehorned into the role of "the next Franz Ferdinand". Sons and Daughters are perhaps the most obvious example. Label-mates of Alex Kapranos, they are musically their complete opposites, yet commentators keen to discover the next big Caledonian thing are constantly comparing them.
SCOTS rockers Franz Ferdinand last night beat off competition from the likes of Green Day, the Kaiser Chiefs and Oasis to win the coveted title of best live act at the NME music awards.
FRANZ FERDINAND frontman Alex Kapranos has taken part in a question and answer session with pupils at East Linton Primary School.
FRANZ Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has dismissed rock legend Jim Morrison as pretentious in an outspoken attack on rival songwriters and the music industry.
THE Lead singer of Scots supergroup Franz Ferdinand has revealed he didn't kiss a girl until he was 18.
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