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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 .

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Career

* 2.1 Performing * 2.2 Producing

* 3 Other work

* 3.1 Writing * 3.2 Narration * 3.3 Film

* 4 Personal life * 5 References * 6 External links

EARLY LIFE

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 at the age of seven, attending Blackhall primary school in Edinburgh
Edinburgh
and high school in Bearsden
Bearsden
. He attended the University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen
to study Theology. After dropping out, he continued studying at the University of Strathclyde
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 recordings.

CAREER

PERFORMING

Kapranos performing with Franz Ferdinand in October 2005

After dropping "Huntley" from his name, Kapranos formed Franz Ferdinand in 2001. The band is 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
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 .

PRODUCING

Kapranos produced Men\'s Needs, Women\'s Needs, Whatever – the third album by British indie rock group The Cribs in Vancouver BC
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 Public .

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 Citizens! – Here We Are, which was released by Kitsuné on 28 May 2012.

He produced the second album of Scottish guitarist RM Hubbert
RM Hubbert
, Thirteen Lost ">

* ^ A B "Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos
Alex Kapranos
in dispute". Deadline News. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-23. * ^ A B Archived 17 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ Neil Scott. "The Mind\'s Construction Quarterly » Alex Kapranos". Tmcq.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-11-05. * ^ Archived 26 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ Battaglia, Andy (14 February 2007). " Alex Kapranos
Alex Kapranos
of Franz Ferdinand". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 30 June 2017. * ^ Archived 29 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ ""Music Charts: "Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out"". Acharts.us. Retrieved 27 September 2014. * ^ Archived 8 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ ""Music Charts: "Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand"". Acharts.us. Retrieved 27 September 2014. * ^ "Ferdinand win Mercury Music Prize". BBC News. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 2011-11-05. * ^ 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 2011-11-05. * ^ " 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. * ^ http://www.theskinny.co.uk/festivals/uk-festivals/film/alex-kapranos-on-lost-in-france * ^ 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
Wayback Machine
. * ^ Fielding, Nick (19 June 2005). "Russians hold Franz, the MI6 rock agent". The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times
. Retrieved 9 December 2016. * ^ "ON THIS DAY: June 2 - Queen Elizabeth was coronated 62 years ago today". North Devon Journal . 2015-06-02. Retrieved 2016-11-01.

EXTERNAL LINKS

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