It’s time for ‘F’ in the James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Younger.
And there is no time to ‘F’ around, so let’s get on with it.
F is for Franz Ferdinand
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Maria of Austria triggered a series of events which eventually led to the outbreak of the First World War. It also meant that he never got to release his eponymous debut album. So 2004’s Franz Ferdinand has nothing to do with him. It is, instead, the eponymous debut of a Scottish band that thought it might be a bit of a laugh to name themselves after him.
As band names go, it is pretty memorable. And as debut albums go, it’s quite superb. There seems to be a recurring theme of noughties bands not being able to capitalise on impressive debuts, and Franz Ferdinand are no exception. Although follow-up albums have been critically well-received they’ve never enjoyed the same level of commercial success as they garnered with their first outing.
It’s definitely worth checking out their subsequent work, but if you only listen to one Franz Ferdinand album then this would be still be their defining work.
It is a joy from start to finish, but the track that best represents the ebullience of the record is probably Take Me Out.