Franz Ferdinand (album)

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Franz Ferdinand
Studio album by Franz Ferdinand
Released 9 February 2004
Recorded 2003
Studio Gula Studios
(Malmö, Sweden)
Length 38:49
Label Domino
Franz Ferdinand chronology
Franz Ferdinand
You Could Have It So Much Better
Singles from Franz Ferdinand
  1. "Darts of Pleasure"
    Released: 8 September 2003
  2. "Take Me Out"
    Released: 12 January 2004
  3. "The Dark of the Matinée"
    Released: 19 April 2004
  4. "Michael"
    Released: 16 August 2004
  5. "This Fire"
    Released: 12 November 2004

Franz Ferdinand is the debut studio album by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand, released in early 2004 through Domino Records. It was recorded during 2003 at Gula Studios in Malmö, Sweden and was co-produced by the band and Tore Johansson. It entered the United Kingdom album charts at number three in February 2004 and contains the UK top ten singles "Take Me Out" and "The Dark of the Matinée" (often referred to simply as "Matinée"), as well as UK top 20 hit "Michael". Franz Ferdinand won the 2004 Mercury Music Prize and was nominated for Best Alternative Album at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. The album has since sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide,[1] with over 1.27 million copies in the United Kingdom[2] and at least 1 million copies in the US (corresponding to 1x Platinum).[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The album entered the UK album charts at #3 in February 2004 and at #12 on the Australian ARIA album charts in April 2004. The album entered the Billboard 200 album charts on 26 April 2004, and climbed slowly, peaking at #32 in December 2004. It reached #1 on the Heatseeker chart for new acts. As of September 2004, there have been five different singles released from the album:

  • The "Darts of Pleasure" EP reached the top 50 of the UK singles charts in September 2003.
  • "Take Me Out" reached #3 on the UK charts and #8 on the Irish charts.
  • "The Dark of the Matinée" or "Matinée" reached #8 of the UK singles charts and top 30 of the World Modern Rock Charts (a composite chart of United States, German, UK, Swedish, Finnish, Canadian and Australian modern rock charts).
  • "Michael" reached #17 on the UK singles charts in August 2004.
  • "This Fire" only first played by KROQ-FM in September 2004.
  • "Take Me Out" was voted #1 in the national Australian music poll, the Triple J Hottest 100 (2004) and "This Fire" and "The Dark of the Matinée" were placed at #29 and #50, respectively.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 87/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Blender 4/5 stars[6]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[8]
Mojo 4/5 stars[9]
NME 9/10[10]
Pitchfork Media 9.1/10[11]
Q 4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[13]
Uncut 5/5 stars[14]

Franz Ferdinand received universal critical acclaim, holding a score of 87 out of 100 on review aggregator site Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 31 reviews.[4] Simon Fernand of BBC Music wrote that Franz Ferdinand "may not be a particularly long album, but it is a masterpiece of funky, punky, suave cool from the first track to the last."[15] Anthony Thornton of NME cited Franz Ferdinand as the latest act in a line of art school rock bands with "the absolute conviction that rock 'n' roll is more than a career option" and praised the album as "the latest and most intoxicating example of the wonderful pushing its way up between the ugly slabs of Pop Idol, nu metal and Britons aping American bands."[10] Heather Phares of AllMusic said that Franz Ferdinand "ends up being rewarding in different ways than the band's previous work was, and it's apparent that they're one of the more exciting groups to come out of the garage rock/post-punk revival."[5] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a three-star honorable mention rating and quipped of the band: "Young enough to only work when they need the money, a musical tradition worth fighting for".[16]

Franz Ferdinand is noted in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and was placed at number two on Planet Sound's Best Albums of 2004 list. Clash[17] placed "Franz Ferdinand" at No.14 in its list of the top albums from 2004-9. Online music magazine Pitchfork placed Franz Ferdinand at number 101 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jacqueline"   Robert Hardy, Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy 3:49
2. "Tell Her Tonight"   Kapranos, McCarthy 2:17
3. "Take Me Out"   Kapranos, McCarthy 3:57
4. "The Dark of the Matinée"   Hardy, Kapranos, McCarthy 4:03
5. "Auf Achse"   Kapranos, McCarthy 4:19
6. "Cheating on You"   Kapranos, McCarthy 2:36
7. "This Fire"   Kapranos, McCarthy 4:14
8. "Darts of Pleasure"   Kapranos, McCarthy 2:59
9. "Michael"   Kapranos, McCarthy 3:21
10. "Come on Home"   Kapranos, McCarthy 3:46
11. "40'"   Kapranos, McCarthy 3:24
Total length:

Limited edition digipak with live bonus disc[edit]

The limited edition first release in the UK came in gatefold digipak with a bonus disc containing all tracks recorded live at The Paradiso in Amsterdam:

No. Title Length
1. "Cheating on You"    
2. "Jacqueline"    
3. "Tell Her Tonight"    
4. "Shopping for Blood"    
5. "Take Me Out"    
6. "Love and Destroy"    
7. "Truck Stop"    
8. "This Fire"    
9. "Michael"    
10. "Darts of Pleasure"    

Limited edition bonus disc[edit]

In the European continent and the United States, a limited edition album was released later in 2004, containing the normal album disc (coloured white), with the tracks listed above, but also came with an extra disc (coloured black), containing the re-recorded version of "This Fire" titled "This Fffire" and four B-sides. The tracks "Van Tango" and "Shopping for Blood" were B-sides to "Darts of Pleasure", while "All for You, Sophia" and "Words So Leisured" were B-sides to "Take Me Out".

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Fffire"   Kapranos, McCarthy 3:32
2. "Van Tango"   Kapranos, McCarthy 3:26
3. "Shopping for Blood"   Kapranos, McCarthy, Paul Thomson 3:34
4. "All for You, Sophia"   Kapranos, McCarthy, Hardy 3:00
5. "Words So Leisured"   Kapranos, McCarthy 2:18

The Australian version of this bonus disc contains only three of the tracks above.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All for You, Sophia"   Kapranos, McCarthy, Hardy 3:00
2. "Words So Leisured"   Kapranos, McCarthy 2:18
3. "Van Tango"   Kapranos, McCarthy 3:26

The Japanese edition of the album included four tracks from the bonus disc (with the exclusion of "This Fffire") on the album disc itself.


Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 9 February 2004 Domino Records 12" WIGLP136
United States 9 March 2004 Domino Records 12" DN027
CD E92441
CD 2 EK93630
Japan 2 June 2004 Sony Japan CD EICP 370

Album singles[edit]


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  6. ^ Catucci, Nick (April 2004). "Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand". Blender (25): 126. Archived from the original on 22 November 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Petridis, Alexis (30 January 2004). "CD: Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Hilburn, Robert (7 March 2004). "A sly, wry wink from Scotland". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand". Mojo (124): 95. March 2004. 
  10. ^ a b Thornton, Anthony (16 February 2004). "Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand". NME. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  11. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (8 March 2004). "Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand". Q (212): 102. March 2004. 
  13. ^ Walters, Barry (7 April 2004). "Franz Ferdinand". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Smart Bomb". Uncut (82): 88. March 2004. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
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  17. ^ "Clash Essential 50 - 14-11 | Clash Music Exclusive Best of Clash". 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  18. ^ Pitchfork staff (28 September 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 October 2009.