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Alex Kapranos was born in Almondsbury, England to an English mother and Greek father. He moved to the North East of England when he was three months old, spending his early childhood in Sunderland and South Shields, his mother`s home town, and spent most summers in his father`s native Greece. Huntley is the name his father adopted from his father`s aunt. He has a sister, Anne Kapranos, who works in a London public relations company.
In 1980, he moved with his family to Edinburgh, then to Glasgow in 1984. At the age of seventeen, Kapranos attended the University of Aberdeen to study theology. After dropping out, he continued his studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where he studied English and Catering, eventually gaining a BA. He worked as a chef, barman, music promoter, private detective, driver, welder and lecturer prior to finding fame with Franz Ferdinand.
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 as a chef, bartender, lecturer in IT at the city`s Anniesland College, and other various jobs, he played in some of Glasgow`s popular bands, including The Blisters (later known as The Karelia), long-standing ska stalwarts The Amphetameanies and The Yummy Fur. He is also known to have contributed to Urusei Yatsura and Lungleg recordings.
After dropping "Huntley" from his name, he formed Franz Ferdinand in 2001. The band comprises 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 (released 12 January 2004) reached #3 in the UK Charts followed by their debut album Franz Ferdinand (released 9 February 2004)which debuted on the UK album chart at #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.
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Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley (born 20 March 1972), commonly known as Alex Kapranos, is a Scottish musician and the lead singer and guitarist of the Glasgow-based band Franz Ferdinand.
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Full Name at Birth
Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley
Almondsbury, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer, Writer, Disk jockey
Claim to Fame
Brown - Light
Bearsden Academy, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, University of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy, Paul Thomson
Fender Telecaster Deluxe, Gibson Les Paul Junior Double Cut
English and Greek descent, He gets his middle name from Paul McCartney, He worked as a chef, barman, music promoter, driver, welder and lecturer, He playes on bass guitar and keyboards, He works at his carpentry workshop
Bob Hardy, Nick McCarthy, Paul Thomson, The Yummy Fur, The Karelia, The Amphetameanies, Handsome Boy Modelling School, The Blisters
Black, Green, Orange, Red, Blue
He speaks Greek very well, He likes to work in the garden
Twist And Shout (Beatles)
All books by James Hadley Chase
He is a good photographer
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Favorite TV Shows
The Benny Hill Show
Cherry pudding, Bourbon biscuit, Fish & Chips, Cranachan, Black Grouse, Irish Picon, Porter, Orange juice
George Harrison, John Lennon, Mick Jagger
Malibu, New York
Gentleman, Reliable friend
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Indie rock, post-punk revival, indie pop, art rock
Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards
Franz Ferdinand, The Yummy Fur, The Karelia, The Amphetameanies, Handsome Boy Modelling School, Citizens!, The Cribs