The first song I remember hearing ‘Surrender’, Elvis Presley: “When I was three and living in South Shields, my Auntie Shirley was having a party and borrowed some seven-inches from my mum.As they were going through the records playing them, this song came on, and it’s got an incredible opening refrain. Even humming it to myself now years later, I get this exhilarating sensation remembering what it was like hearing it for the first time.” The first album I ever bought ‘Absolutely’, Madness: “I loved the whole ska thing. When you’re a kid in primary school, it felt like they were singing about your life and what you were going through.In 2005, he was awarded Strathclyde's Alumnus of the Year.While working at the city's Anniesland College, he played in some of Glasgow's popular bands, including The Blisters (later known as The Karelia), The Amphetameanies, and The Yummy Fur.But what are the songs that the frontman, recently seen collaborating with Sparks in FFS, holds dearest to him?Behold, his guide to the records that have shaped his life so far…Kapranos was released after officials determined that he did not fit Tomlinson's description.Alex Kapranos’ Franz Ferdinand are a British art-rock institution nowadays.
I was four, and it was the first time I played a record over and over.
In 2016, Kapranos took part in a documentary about Glasgow music, and Chemikal Underground Records, called Lost in France.
The film was directed by Niall Mc Cann and brought Kapranos (along with members of The Delgados, Mogwai and others) to Mauron, Brittany, to recreate a gig they played when Kapranos was in his earlier band, The Karelia.
Alex Kapranos and Bob Hardy, respectively frontman and bassist in Franz Ferdinand, are reflecting on what they were looking for when recruiting new members for the first time in their 15 years as Scotland’s most genius pop band.
The catalyst for this change of line-up was the departure in 2016 of founding guitarist Nick Mc Carthy, a huge presence in the band, to concentrate on family life and other musical projects, including his wife Manuela’s eponymous outfit.