FFS (band)

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FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) @ Albert Hall, Manchester 25-8-2015 (20284011824).jpg
FFS performing in 2015 at the Albert Hall in Manchester. From left to right: McCarthy, Russell Mael, Kapranos, Ron Mael (foreground), Thomson, Hardy (background).
Background information
Years active2014–2015
Associated acts
Past membersAlex Kapranos
Nick McCarthy
Bob Hardy
Paul Thomson
Ron Mael
Russell Mael

FFS (an abbreviation of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) was a supergroup formed by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand and American rock-pop band Sparks. Their formation was announced on 9 March 2015, but the two bands had been recording since at least the mid-2000s. The group's eponymous debut studio album was recorded in late 2014 and released through the Domino Recording Company in the UK on 8 June and in the US on 9 June 2015.


Pre-formation (2004)[edit]

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks originally began working on music together in 2004, shortly after the release of Franz Ferdinand's eponymous debut studio album, when it was discovered that the two bands were fans of each other. They had sent each other a few demos, one of which was "Piss Off", the twelfth track on FFS, but the two bands were busy with other activities and they were not able to fully record an album together.[1]

Formation and FFS (2014–2015)[edit]

In 2013, it was announced that the two bands were both performing at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. While searching for a dentist in San Francisco, Alex Kapranos, the lead singer of Franz Ferdinand, was found by Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks. The Mael brothers invited the band to watch their set at the festival, and later, the two bands agreed that it was time to record an album together.[1] On 9 March 2015, it was announced that Franz Ferdinand and Sparks had formed a supergroup together by the name of FFS.[2]

On 1 April, it was announced that the band would be releasing their eponymous debut studio album on 8 June in the UK and 9 June 2015 in the US[3] FFS was recorded at RAK Studios in London during a 15-day period in late 2014. It was also produced by Grammy Award-winning music producer John Congleton.[1] FFS was released to a positive critical and commercial success.

In support of the album, FFS appeared on the BBC television show Later with Jools Holland on May 21, 2015 (season 46, episode 4).


Franz Ferdinand and Sparks returned to working on their separate projects. Sparks released album Hippopotamus in September 2017, with Franz Ferdinand's Always Ascending following in February 2018. FFS marked the last participation of Nick McCarthy alongside members of Franz Ferdinand, before he left the band due to family commitments. Alex Kapranos has publicly stated in multiple occasions that Franz Ferdinand has no intention to resume the band's activities.[4][5]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


FFS 17 85 36 44 32 27 22 13 19


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Johnny Delusional" 2015 140 FFS
"Call Girl"
"Police Encounters"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles
Title Year Album
"Piss Off" 2015 FFS
"Collaborations Don't Work"


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  4. ^ "Tweet from Alex Kapranos". 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Tweet from Alex Kapranos". 13 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
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