Music: A Band You Wish You Hated

But Franz Ferdinand's music is just too exuberant

When I first heard about Franz Ferdinand, I nearly cried with joy. Pop music is a disparate world. Consensus is hard to come by. But this band--well, I was pretty sure people of all colors and creeds would rise up as one in hatred of it. Franz Ferdinand is a Scottish foursome that started playing together after a lengthy argument about the essence of art. The name is a tribute to the archduke whose assassination triggered World War I, and early gigs were Andy Warhol--style happenings at a Glasgow warehouse during which audience members were provided with air rifles and rocking...

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