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 Alex Kapranos - “When I first started in a band, I wasn't very good I was thinking too much about being on stage rather than just being on stage. It's completely primal. Intuitive. Instinctive. You don't consider your moves, you just do them. There are very few things in life when you're just doing that thing and not thinking about anything else. Performing is one of them.”
 Alex Kapranos - “I have always been fascinated by the concept of the villain and the hero being in one person,”
 Alex Kapranos - “But I've heard so many great bands from America over the years that I know there's an audience for something else, and that's what we feel at the shows a hunger for that.”
 Alex Kapranos - “Maybe 'Can't Stop Feeling' and 'Turn It On' we'll just release as singles. It's a thing The Beatles used to do which I really loved, the idea of releasing something as a single completely on its own.”
 Alex Kapranos - “until we read about them in all our reviews. Then when we checked them out we thought, 'What a great band. What a radical approach to playing.'”
 Alex Kapranos - “Do you remember the last time we were here ... Nightmare... At least the weather's better.”
 Alex Kapranos - “We swap around instruments from time to time and try other variations. The real trick to making a good record is finding out the things that aren't good and getting rid of them.”
 Alex Kapranos - “For years, I felt miserable about being an outsider, but then I suddenly embraced it, ... I saw the value of being an outsider. It was liberating. You didn't have to worry about trying to fit in or losing your insider status. It also encouraged you to challenge and provoke the status quo.”
 Alex Kapranos - “I hate the word 'arty'. It's one thing that people who have any artistic sensibility would never describe themselves as. So in the film clip we were kind of taking the piss out of that idea as well. But also taking the piss out of the more pompous side of art openings, and just having a little bit of fun.”
 Alex Kapranos - “Well, pop people use it.”
 Alex Kapranos - “It's based on a number of different characters who are pretty enigmatic in their own right,”
 Alex Kapranos - “We're all big Roxy fans and always have been, ... They were rock 'n' roll avant garde and sounded like nothing anyone had ever heard before, but also perfect pop music as well.”
 Alex Kapranos - “It doesn't matter how adventurous you want to be, you've still got to contain your identity.”
 Alex Kapranos - “I'm going to make somebody love me,”
 Alex Kapranos - “This album has a lot more of the energy we have as a live band, ... The playing is intuitive, natural, easy. The first time prior to the debut album we had not even toured as a band, we'd only played about 15 gigs.”
 Alex Kapranos - “It's easy to get discouraged sometimes when you listen to American rock radio because everything is so bland, so self-referential,”
 Alex Kapranos - “I suppose, ... but that's why they get it wrong. That's why they wouldn't play Take Me Out on the radio at first, because according to pop theory, it isn't a hit. It starts with one song and changes into another. In theory, it's all wrong. The same with Do You Want To.”
 Alex Kapranos - “We find ourselves in a much better position than we did last year touring because then we had only a certain amount of songs to draw upon, ... When we played for an hour, we had to play almost everything we knew.”
 Alex Kapranos - “Many people have this perception of us being this arty band,”
 Alex Kapranos - “We're very much a rhythm-driven band. We still want to make people dance, but we didn't want to repeat the same beats. We did experiment with a lot of different rhythms.”
 Alex Kapranos - “A lot of being creative means going and doing it, putting in eight hours a day.”
 Alex Kapranos - “The Kinks' Ray Davies had that great symbiotic relationship between the music and the emotional content of the lyric. Think of 'Waterloo Sunset.' It had all those great backing vocals, and that change of key from major to minor that gives it such soaring poignancy.”
 Alex Kapranos - “It would be great to get the Christmas number one. I suppose we could even write something special for Christmas. I think Santa Loves Franz Ferdinand sounds pretty good.”
 Alex Kapranos - “I want to make music that will make the blood surge in your veins, music that will get people up and dance.”
 Alex Kapranos - “The speaker is not always the author. In 'Michael' I was writing about an erotic situation between two male friends. It didn't strike me as that odd. It seemed like a good subject for a song.”

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