Bob Hardy

born on 16/8/1980 in Bradford, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Robert Hardy (bassist)

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Robert Hardy (bassist)

Robert Byron "Bob" Hardy (born 16 August 1980) is the bassist for the Glasgow-based band, Franz Ferdinand.


Hardy was an artist interested in music while Kapranos was a musician interested in art; this helped the two become firm friends. Through Hardy's friends from the Art School, Kapranos developed an interest in the work of the Dadaists and the Russian Constructivists. After Hardy had met Nick McCarthy, whose girlfriend was also at the art school, the two began to date members of Hardy's year. Many of the earlier shows of the band would come about thanks to the band's art world contacts.[1][2]

Kapranos had been given a bass guitar by his friend Mick Cooke, a member of the cult Glaswegian popsters, Belle & Sebastian on the condition that he "did something useful with it". Some time around the end of 2001, Hardy was sitting in Kapranos' kitchen in Glasgow. Kapranos had just been given the bass. So he asked "Do you want to learn to play the bass then, Bob?", to which Hardy replied, "No, I'm an artist, not a musician." Alex responded, saying, "It's the same thing," which led to Hardy eventually giving in.[3]


Hardy plays 1974 and 1978 Rickenbacker 4001s / Hagström / Fender Precision. He used to use an SWR Goliath bass cabinet but now uses an Ampeg SVT Pro head and Ampeg 8x10 cabs, and uses Ernie Ball strings - roundwounds, medium gauge. His plectrum is a custom .60 mm nylon/teflon amalgam.


  1. An A-Z of Franz Ferdinand (2007, Helen Chase)
  2. Pages 80-81 from "Franz Ferdinand and the Pop Renaissance" - ISBN 1-905287-00-3
  3. [1]

External links

  • Franz Ferdinand official site
Franz Ferdinand
Alex Kapranos | Robert Hardy | Nicholas McCarthy | Paul Thomson
Albums and EPs
Darts of Pleasure | Franz Ferdinand | You Could Have It So Much Better
Franz Ferdinand
"Darts of Pleasure" | "Take Me Out" | "The Dark of the Matinée" | "Michael" | "This Fire"
"Do You Want To" | "Walk Away" | "The Fallen" / "Lindsey Wells"
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