Okay, kiddies! Today we are learning about the link between Scottish new wave bands, horse racing, and the War To End All Wars. Ahh... I thought that might get your curiosity piqued!
Scottish dance-rock band Franz Ferdinand is named after a racing horse who is named after an Austrian Archduke whose assassination triggered World War One. Got all that? Good.
Franzie's offing aside, World War One was essentially a family feud that just happened to involve around 70 million people and 16 million casualties. If that doesn't make you think war is stupid, nothing will.
Let's look at the creepy relationship between the main players, shall we?
- German Kaiser Wilhelm II was the cousin of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and the King of England at the time, George V.
After Ferdinand's assassination, Tsar Nick and King George ended up against Kaiser Willy and it blew up from there...
But there's a band to talk about here! Franz Ferdinand shot to fame in 2004 and have built up a nice little career ever since. They watched a racehorse of the same name and started looking into the Archduke. The alliterative sounding name stuck and has become a cool accoutrement to their lively, dancefloor-worthy rock, complete with nods to the Russian avant-garde art movement.
They even formed a New-Wave-Voltron-like supergroup with pop legends Sparks in 2015. No word on who was the yellow lion.
And since they've gone and written a song about some U.S. president who may or may not use a weasel in place of hair, who's to say that 20 years from now a band named Donald Trump is taking the world by storm with their chart-topping song, "Miss You Bigly" (apologies to anyone who just threw up a little in their mouth after reading that)?
Many apologies... we can't end things off like that. How about more of this!?!
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