|Who are you?
Alex Kapranos: I’m Alex from Franz Ferdinand.
Alex, who else is in Franz Ferdinand? Can you introduce them please?
Alex: This is Bob
Bob Hardy: I'm Bob.
Alex: And this is Nick.
Nick McCarthy: Hi.
Alex: And this is Paul.
Paul Thomson: Hello there.
Right off the bat Paul, is it true that you are a human guinea pig?
Paul: [laughs] Yes, that’s true.
What does that entail? It was regarding your tail wasn’t it?
Paul: I had my tail removed for medical science. [laughs] No, times were
hard and I was lazy. [laughs] I had to pay my rent so I decided to have
some fat removed from my backside and whole lot of other things which
wasn’t worth 250 pounds, which is what of your Canadian dollars?
Two hundred fifty pounds? $500?
Alex: No, not that much.
What did you think, Alex, of your bandmate having to have some flesh
taken out? Was that how hard it was in the early days of Franz Ferdinand?
Alex: It was. We were all so incredibly impoverished. I didn’t think
too much about it until he showed me the scars and then I couldn’t
get the thought out of my head.
Are we allowed to see the scars at all, Paul?
Paul: Certainly not. [looks at camera] What time does this go out? [laughs]
So really, what did it feel like when you got it out? Was it hard to
sit down? Did any other people get the flesh taken out? When you signed
up for this thing, did you know what was going to get taken out?
Paul: Back off Sigmund, bloody hell. [laughs] Which question ? …
I’m just wondering. You sign up for this thing, were you picked
because you were like the “rock guy?” You’d have to
get chunks out of your ass. Were there other people that signed up for
Paul: Yes, lots of people in Glasgow have signed up for this experiment.
I'm the person that was nominated. I wouldn’t do that again. Certainly
Alex: The thing is, we needed to get money together for the band to buy
instruments and stuff and we thought we’re going to sell Paul’s
ass one way or another, so we might as well do it physically.
Paul: I had to stop them from selling it one way... [laughs]
I think it’s just amazing. The band begins and you sell your ass.
And now, is it true that you guys are editing The Guardian, the prestigious
What’s going on there? You’re going to be the editors of
Bob: That is mad isn’t it? They don’t know what they’ve
From flesh removal to editing The Guardian, is that how quick things
have gone for Franz Ferdinand?
Alex: It is. It’s astonishing really isn’t it? It's astonishing.
That’s the truth of it.
Now Alex, looking at your shoes, people seem to be fascinated by your
shoes. Kids are fascinated by your shoes aren’t they?
Alex: Yeah, well, if you look we’ve all got some interesting shoes
on today. I think I’m wearing my conservative shoes now. I’ll
put on my sparkly ones later on. It’s just all part of dressing
You said you’ll never wear Chuck Taylors on stage.
Alex: The what?
Alex: What’s a Chuck Taylor?
You know, like the Vans, the sport-basketball type shoes.
Nick: I wouldn't wear ones like that. [points to Nardwuar’s New
That's what I was wondering. That's what I was wondering. What do you
think about my shoes? How do they stack up for the Franz Ferdinand?
Alex: I don't know. I guess it's just like every other kind of clothing.
You use it to express your personality — and you seem to have a
lot of personality to express, as do we.
The reason I wear 'em is because I also play in a rock 'n' roll band
and I like to jump around a bit. But looking at your shoes, how do they
work for jumping around? Looking at your shoes Franz Ferdinand, would
we assume that you don't jump around that much onstage?
Alex: Quite the opposite really. We do jump around quite a lot onstage.
But what you've got to realize is with shoes like these — they've
all got leather soles — you can do a lot of good sliding motions
and skids across the stage and splits. It's a different kind of dancing.
Instead of the basketball kind of dancing we're doing the more kind of...
James Brown kind of thing?
Alex: Yeah, yeah. We're all going to get those capes as well and fling
them off and get Glenn to put them back on again. [laughs]
Now speaking of shoes — Glenn is the guy you make do everything,
Alex: That's right.