Nick McCarthy, guitarist
Franz Ferdinand
birth name: Nicholas John McCarthy

Nick McCarthy

December 13, 1974, Blackpool, England

The guitarist, backing/lead vocalist, and keyboardist of the Glasgow-based band Franz Ferdinand, as well as a member of the band Box Codax. Nick McCarthy grew up in Vagen near Munich, Bavaria, Germany. He was trained classically as a pianist and double bassist at the Munich Conservatory. ~ Wikipedia: Nick McCarthy ~ retrieved December 12, 2014 © Wikipedia

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December 13, 2014 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Hozier, Take Me To Church ~ #2 (2) Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass ~ #1 (1) Taylor Swift, Blank Space


In fact, right now he thinks Germans are very cool or, in his words, geil. “I consider myself more German than English really” he says. He moved to Bavaria at age two after his dad landed a job at Daimler Benz and didn't leave until moving to Glasgow five years ago. There, while trying to steal a bottle of vodka at a house party, he almost came to blows with Alex Kapranos, now lead singer of the band. But the two bonded, and rest is rock & roll history. ~ Der Spiegel: Nick McCarthy ~ June 6, 2006 © Der Spiegel

Franz Ferdinand

Glasgow's art-damaged rock quartet. ~ Allmusic: Franz Ferdinand ~ retrieved December 12, 2014 © Allmusic

In the late 1990s, the world of mainstream pop was dominated by teen-pop groups like the Backstreet Boys and N*Sync, as well as hip-hop and R&B. Come the new millennium, however, rock and roll seemed to start kicking back, bolstered by the newfound success of bands like the White Stripes and the Strokes. Soon, rock was again a viable source of entertainment for mainstream music fans, and bands outfitted with guitars and drum sets started taking the crown back from groups with choreographed dance moves and songs intended for a pre-teen audience. One of the surprise successes of this era was a Scottish band of four well-dressed songsmiths known as Franz Ferdinand. ~ Musicianguide: Franz Ferdinand ~ retrieved December 12, 2014 © Musicianguide

Franz Ferdinand ~ Awarded a 2005 Brit Award for Best British Group.

Franz Ferdinand ~ Franz Ferdinand (2004) ~ Named one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2008.

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