Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley (born 20 March 1972) is a Scottish,
musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and author. He is best
known as the lead singer and guitarist of Scottish rock band Franz
Ferdinand. He has also been a part of the supergroups FFS and BNQT.
1 Early life
3 Other work
4 Personal life
6 External links
Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley was born on 20 March 1972 in
Almondsbury, Gloucestershire, the son of an English mother and Greek
father. He moved to Scotland as a child, having lived at various
locations in Wearside.  He attended the
University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen to
study Theology. After dropping out, he continued studying at the
University of Strathclyde, gaining a BA. In 2005, he was awarded
Strathclyde's Alumnus of the Year.
Kapranos worked as a chef, barman, music promoter, driver, welder, and
IT lecturer prior to finding fame. From the early 1990s, he was a
fixture of the Glasgow music scene, running live nights at the 13th
Note, most notably The Kazoo Club. 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. He is also known to have
contributed to the noise act Urusei Yatsura and Lung Leg
Kapranos performing with Franz Ferdinand in October 2005
After dropping "Huntley" from his name, Kapranos formed Franz
Ferdinand in 2001. The band was composed of Alex Kapranos, Nick
McCarthy (guitar, keyboard, backup vocals),
Paul Thomson (drums,
backup vocals, sometimes guitar) and Bob Hardy (bass). The band saw
chart success after their second single Take Me Out" was released on
12 January 2004 and reached Number 3 in the UK Charts followed
by their debut album Franz Ferdinand (released 9 February 2004)
which debuted on the UK album chart at Number 3.
The band went on to win the 2004 Mercury Music Prize and two Brit
Awards in 2005 for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act.
In 2015, the band collaborated with American band Sparks to form a
supergroup named FFS.
Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever – the third
album by British indie rock group
The Cribs in Vancouver BC, released
on 14 May 2007. He also produced their single-only track, "Don't You
Wanna Be Relevant?", which was featured with "Our Bovine Public" (from
Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever) as a double A-side.
Kapranos makes a cameo appearance in the video for Our Bovine
His remix of the single "New in Town", by British pop singer Little
Boots was featured on various formats of the singles release.
He produced the debut album by British indie rock band
Here We Are, which was released by
Kitsuné on 28 May 2012.
He produced the second album of Scottish guitarist RM Hubbert,
Thirteen Lost & Found.
In September 2005, Kapranos began "Soundbites", a weekly food
column for G2 in The Guardian newspaper, which detailed his culinary
adventures as Franz Ferdinand traversed the globe on their world tour.
Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand, a book of the column
and unreleased material illustrated by
Andy Knowles was released in
Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand was read by Kapranos
on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week for 4–8 December 2006, described
as "his account about what he ate while touring the world."
Kapranos narrated the 2008
BBC Scotland documentary Edwyn Collins:
Home Again on the recovery of Orange Juice singer Edwyn Collins.
Also in 2008, Kapranos narrated the BBC Radio One documentary The
Story of Kraftwerk.
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 McCann and brought Kapranos (along with members of
Mogwai and others) to Mauron, Brittany, to recreate a
gig they played when Kapranos was in his earlier band, The Karelia.
The film features Kapranos playing live with
Stuart Braithwaite of
Mogwai, and other musicians such as
Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert, and
Holy Mountain, as well as interviews with Kapranos and his old
label-mates. Lost in France premiered at the Edinburgh International
Film Festival to wholly positive reviews and was called "Funny, vital
and sobering” by Scotland's arts bible The Skinny.
In his spare time, Kapranos enjoys crafting abstract furniture in his
In June 2005, Kapranos was detained for around an hour by officials at
Domodedovo Airport in
Moscow after being mistakenly identified as
belonging on a U.S. "no-fly" list. This occurred due to the surname on
his passport, Huntley, also having been previously used as an alias by
the former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson. Tomlinson had been fired,
imprisoned, and labelled a security risk after circulating to
publishers a draft of a book on MI6. Kapranos was released after
officials determined that he did not fit Tomlinson's
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^ a b "Franz Ferdinand frontman
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^ a b  Archived 17 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
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^  Archived 26 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Battaglia, Andy (14 February 2007). "
Alex Kapranos of Franz
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^  Archived 29 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
^ ""Music Charts: "Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out"". Acharts.us.
Retrieved 27 September 2014.
^  Archived 8 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
^ ""Music Charts: "Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand"". Acharts.us.
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^ "Ferdinand win Mercury Music Prize". BBC News. 8 September 2004.
^ Kaufman, Gil (10 February 2005). "Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters,
Keane Win Big at Brit Awards". Mtv.com. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
The Cribs – Our Bovine Public". YouTube. Retrieved
Citizens! debut album "Here we are" announcement". Kitsuné
Journal. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
^ Kapranos, Alex (23 September 2005). "Whine tasting". The Guardian.
London. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
^ "Radio 4 Programmes – FM Schedule, Saturday 5 November 2011". BBC.
31 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
^ Marianne Dowling (23 November 2009). "CANOE – JAM! Music –
Artists – Franz Ferdinand : Franz Ferdinand keeps it
interesting". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
^  Archived 2 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Fielding, Nick (19 June 2005). "Russians hold Franz, the MI6 rock
agent". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
^ "ON THIS DAY: June 2 – Queen Elizabeth was coronated 62 years ago
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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alex Kapranos.
Franz Ferdinand official website
Alex Kapranos talks about
Sound Bites to stv.tv[permanent dead link]
Alex Kapranos interview with World Hum
Alex Kapranos interview with SPIN
You Could Have It So Much Better
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Live 2014 at the London Roundhouse
London Festival '09
The North Sea
NME Presents Evil Action
"Darts of Pleasure"
"Take Me Out"
"The Dark of the Matinée"
"Get Up and Use Me"
"Do You Want To"
"Eleanor Put Your Boots On"
"No You Girls"
"Can't Stop Feeling"
"What She Came For"
"Die on the Floor / Katherine Hit Me"
"Right Action" / "Love Illumination"
"The North Sea"
"Stand on the Horizon"
"Feel the Love Go"
Domino Recording Company
Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand
The Yummy Fur
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