- 05 Mar 18
Many people had written Franz Ferdinand off, but their new album is the bonus baby that even they didn’t necessarily expect to have. Alex Kapranos talks career revivals, Bowie, U2, Trump and musical cuntdom with Stuart Clark.
"Lots of my favourite artists were cunts. I’m a cunt myself. How big a one? That’s for other people to determine!”
Alex Kapranos, who actually gives Dave Grohl a run for his money in the rock ‘n’ roll niceness stakes, is reflecting on how Franz Ferdinand’s new Always Ascending album was recorded under the influence of “well-known cunt” John Lennon’s debut solo offering, Imagine.
“What I can’t stand is the deification of any artists,” the 45-year-old singer expands. “This idea that they’re pure of motive and being is bollocks. It’s not true of any human, although some are much bigger bastards than others. John Lennon was an incredibly powerful songwriter and performer, but in his personal life… total cunt. Despite - or probably because of – that, once I started listening to