Franz Ferdinand nearly split up: ‘I’m really chuffed we’re still together’

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Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has revealed that the Scottish rockers very nearly split up – and that it was guitar legend Wilko Johnson who convinced him to make sure that didn’t happen.

The indie quartet returned in August with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, which was their first new album in four years. And Kapranos explains that he and bassist Bob Hardy had stopped talking a while back.

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In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the singer said:

“I’m really chuffed that we’re still together and that we’re still friends, more than anything else. I think staying friends is more of an achievement than continuing to make records.

“I only wanted to keep the band going if we were friends and getting on well and it was a pleasure to make the music. So I met up with Bob and we talked through it all. It was more the relationship between me and Bob that needed to be worked out.

“We just stopped talking to each other in the way that we should have done. You know, I interviewed Wilko Johnson recently, and the thing I came away with was how much he regretted not making up with Lee Brilleaux, the singer of Dr. Feelgood.

“It was exactly the same thing. They just stopped talking to each other, and these stupid resentments ended up splitting up one of the best bands that ever came out of England. I want to make sure that doesn’t happen with us.”

Over the last 10 years, the band have released four Top 10 albums and scored huge hits with ‘Take Me Out’, ‘Do You Want To’ and ‘Ulysses’.

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Mark Butler

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