Following Usher's Lead, Franz Ferdinand To Release Expanded Edition Of LP

Two-CD set will include rare tracks.

What would any fan of fashionable, angular Scottish rock hope to receive as a gift this holiday season? Why, a new CD from Franz Ferdinand, of course.

Well, they're in luck. Because on November 23, Epic Records will reissue Franz's self-titled debut album, this time in a two-disc expanded edition. The first disc will contain the previously released album, but the second includes a new recording of the band's current single, "This Fire" (featured in the video of the song: see "Franz Ferdinand To Play Ugly Sisters In Next 'Harry Potter' Flick?"), and collects four tracks previously available only as B-sides.

Two of the songs, "Van Tango" and "Words So Leisured," were featured as the B-sides of the band's first U.K. single, "Darts of Pleasure," while the other two, "All for You, Sophia" and "Shopping for Blood," backed "Take Me Out." The new, "much different" version of "This Fire" — now titled "This Fffire" — was recorded this summer in New York with producer Rich Costey, who has worked with Fiona Apple, Dave Navarro and Ice Cube, among others.

Franz Ferdinand wrap up yet another jaunt across Europe on November 14. The following day, the winner of the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize will be announced (see "Shortlist Prize Finalists: A Mixtape From The Stars"), and the band is considered one of the favorites to walk away with the award (though they are not scheduled to attend the ceremony/concert at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood).

The band is next scheduled to play in America on December 1, when it plays Detroit radio station CIMX's "The Night 89X Stole Christmas" concert. It's the only confirmed date for Franz Ferdinand in December, though a source close to the band said there would be "four or five" additional shows announced shortly.