Fact: Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand have teamed up with electro-pop pioneers Sparks for an upcoming European tour. The two acts will tour as Ffs and play their first-ever gig together at Glasgow Arts School in Scotland on 16 June (15).
Fact: Diane Martel, the director who made the controversial videos for Miley Cyrus' We Can't Stop and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, has signed up to take charge of the promo for Franz Ferdinand's new single Evil Eye.
Fact: British rockers the Kaiser Chiefs will share their support slot on Green Day's upcoming U.S summer tour with fellow Brits Franz Ferdinand. The Kaiser Chiefs will join Green Day from 27 July (09) at New Yorks Madison Square Garden to 7 August (09), with Scots Franz Ferdinand taking over until the tours finale in Los Angeles on 25 August (09).
Quote: "We and most of our contemporaries would fail the auditions. I couldn't sing a Robbie Williams song. I love the self-belief of those people." Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos could never succeed in an American Idol-style reality TV show.
Fact: British rockers Franz Ferdinand and pop duo The Ting Tings will perform a secret concert at the site of legendary U.K. music festival Glastonbury on an undisclosed date to raise funds for the local village of Pilton, Somerset.
Quote: "When I came back from Vancouver, I brought a couple tubs of Canadian maple syrup and it got confiscated. Since December I've been obsessed with the idea of eating maple syrup." Franz Ferdinand singer and food writer Alex Kapranos is missing the taste of Canada while living and working in New York.
Quote: "You find, with fallopian tubes, that once you've pulled 40 of them out of a bucket of boiling fowl, you stop noticing how disgusting it is." Franz Ferdinand star Alex Kapranos on his time as a line cook in a Glasgow, Scotland restaurant.
Quote: "Dior make beautiful black jeans. I blagged a couple of pairs. I'd never buy them. I'd feel really guilty about spending that much money." Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos enjoys his complimentary jeans.
Quote: "The taste of good alcohol is better and more of an extreme luxury than the taste of good meat. I would hate to miss out on wines and whiskeys!" Former chef and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos would rather give up meat than alcohol.
Fact: Rockers Franz Ferdinand are turning their hand to children's tunes after penning a track for THE COLOURS ARE BRIGHTER - a charity kids' record by BELLE + SEBASTIAN. Other bands featured on the Save the Children album include The Kooks and THE FLAMING LIPS.
Fact: Franz Ferdinand's 2005 hit DO YOU WANT TO has been snapped up as the anthem for a new L'Oreal hair campaign in America.
Fact: Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand have recorded a duet with iconic sixties star Jane Birkin on a tribute album for her late second husband, French singing legend Serge Gainsbourg. The TAKE ME OUT hitmakers and Birkin cover Gainsbourg's 1984 hit SONG FOR SORRY ANGEL.
Quote: <p>"It's possible we could still be doing songs in 20 years, and it's possible we could split up tonight." Frontman Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand explains the uncertainty of the band's future. </p>
Quote: <p>"At least he's singing properly, it's not that whiney 'I've-just-come-off-heroin' sound, like Chris Martin. I hate that." Welsh pop singer Charlotte Church praises Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos. </p>
Quote: <p>"Once we were doing a TV show in France and there were two dressing rooms - one for Franz Ferdinand and one for Franz Ferdinand's band." FRANZ FERDINAND frontman Alex Kapranos is aware some fans think his band's name, taken from the Archduke whose assassination prompted the start of World War I in 1914, refers to him and not the four-piece as a whole. </p>
Fact: <p>Franz Ferdinand have recorded two versions of their new single WALK AWAY which will be available for download from their website FranzFerdinand.co.uk. The first is a live version performed in Glasgow, Scotland, while the second one was recorded in London. </p>
Fact: <p>Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand's world quest for domination is complete - the group's new album YOU COULD HAVE IT SO MUCH BETTER has hit the top 10 in 19 countries including the US. </p>
Fact: <p>Franz Ferdinand drummer PAUL THOMSON's first release on his new record label New! will be Scottish punk icons FIRE ENGINE's cover of his own band's JACQUELINE. </p>
Fact: <p>Franz Ferdinand's eagerly awaited second album, YOU COULD HAVE IT SO MUCH BETTER... WITH FRANZ FERDINAND, will be released in Japan three weeks before it's released in the Scottish band's native UK, where it hits the shelves on 3 October (05). An avalanche of online import orders are expected. </p>