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Alex Kapranos

Alex Kapranos is a witty, skinny lad from Glasgow, Scotland. His father is from Greece, and he split his childhood between visiting there and residing in Sunderland and South Shields. His family moved to Glasgow in 1983, where he would eventually meet the snooze of his band. Originally going by Alex Huntley, his mother’s maiden name, he switched back to Kapranos upon starting Franz Ferdinand in 2001.

He was in several bands before Franz Ferdinand— including The Yummy Fur, The Karelia, Quinn, and The Amphetameanies— and played bass also as guitar. He held down a variety of odd jobs during this time, including a English lecturer to asylum seekers, delivery driver, welder, chef, wine waiter, and kitchen porter. Fom the early 1990s, he was a fixture of the Glasgow music scene as a promoter for small Glasgow venues, most notably The 13th Note, where he ran the Kazoo Club.

He is known for his crazy facial expressions, on-phase scissor kicks, sharp sense of taste, and quiet intellect. He had his very first kiss and dropped his virginity when he was 18 and is an asthmatic smoker. He also has a serious allergy to peanuts, which he likens to arsenic. He likes to cook for his friends, and wrote a column, “Soundbites,” for The Guardian on meal and traveling around the world with his band.

“Soundbites” has now been released as a book of the same title, with illustrations by Andrew Knowles, graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Franz Ferdinand’s touring drummer, keyboardist and mandolin extraordinaire.

Recently, Alex created The Cribs’ third album, “Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever.” He now splits his time between Glasgow and New York, where his girlfriend Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces resides.

Name Alex Kapranos
Height 5' 11
Naionality United Kingdom
Date of Birth 20 March 1972
Place of Birth Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire, England, UK
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