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- October 31, 2005
- Vol. 64
- No. 18
Great Scots! Still Buzzing from Their Self-Titled Platinum 2004 Debut, the Glasgow Dance Rockers Have a New Hit Album, You Could Have It So Much Better—and Plenty to Say
Before they joined forces in Glasgow in 2001, the four looked like long shots for rock stardom.
Hardy: "I was in art school, and Alex and I worked as chefs together. I'd never played an instrument."
Kapranos: "I delivered for Indian restaurants. I'd get paid with curry, plus tips."
Thomson: "I used to model [nude] for [art classes]. I also donated bits of fat from my butt cheeks [for research]."
McCarthy: "I studied jazz and classical music. I moved to Glasgow looking for guys to play with—ha! Like a little kid."
Thomson: "We got our name from the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination caused the world to change. We'd say [in interviews] it's because every band should change the world. Bunch of bollocks—it's just a sound bite, really."
LIFE ON THE ROAD
Touring's a trip—with some downsides.
Thomson: "There are people who are like, 'Yeah, Franz Ferdinand, dudes!' And it's like, three years ago I would've been beaten up by the same guy."
McCarthy: "Food in the States—the portions are ridiculous. We have a healthy appetite, but bloody hell!"
Hardy: "You miss just staying in and having a bath."
McCarthy: "I miss haggis. It's a cliché, but it's really good."
PERKS OF FAME
Designer suits, room service and star encounters
Hardy: "We're on the road with our closest friends."
McCarthy: "We get malt whiskey [provided backstage], which is quite posh."
Kapranos: "If [Dior Homme's Hedi Slimane] makes something for me that I like, I'll wear it. I like to dress up."
Thomson: "We met David Bowie. He did this really bad impression of a regional accent and there was this awkward moment. I really warmed to him after that."
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