Franz Ferdinand Debut Bolstered By B-Sides
Breakout Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut will be re-released in an expanded edition Nov. 23 via Epic. The full album will be included on one disc, while a bonus disc will sport aBreakout Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut will be re-released in an expanded edition Nov. 23 via Epic. The full album will be included on one disc, while a bonus disc will sport a new recording of album cut "This Fire" (retitled "This Fffire") with producer/engineer Rich Costey (Dave Navarro, Muse) plus four tracks previously unavailable in North America.
"Oh for You, Sophia" and "Words So Leisured" were included as U.K. B-sides on the hit single "Take Me Out," which peaked in August at No. 3 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Shopping for Blood" and "Van Tango" were previously found as B-sides on the U.K. commercial single of "Darts of Pleasure."
"Franz Ferdinand" peaked in July at No. 32 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 590,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is among the finalists for the 2004 Shortlist prize, to be handed out Nov. 15 in Los Angeles.
"This Fire" debuted last week at No. 38 on the Modern Rock Tracks tally, on which "Take Me Out" is No. 18 after 24 weeks.
Franz Ferdinand is in the midst of a European tour that plays Manchester, England, tonight (Oct. 26) and wraps Nov. 29 in Tokyo. The lone North American date is on tap for the rest of the year comes Dec. 1 in Detroit as part of radio station CIMX's the Night 89X Stole Christmas concert.