A Day with Franz Ferdinand

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Listen to Alex & Bob say Fluxxekake for NU107
Like the previous day, the photos here tell the story.

But let me just share this little tidbit of information -- during the concert, vocalist & frontman Alex Kapranos surprisingly announced to the audience the hotel where the band was staying at. For obvious reasons, this is a major no-no. More surprising still was the fact that he was actually inviting everyone to come over, saying that he was a friend of the hotel manager's and that it was perfectly fine for all 6K+ of us to pop in and say hello and bring some food with us. Something was definitely up, but even Jade was clueless at this point.

The band arrived about an hour late for their own after party. Alex wasn't kidding. About 600 kids, with fastfood no less, showed up at the hotel and all four band members came downstairs to greet their fans as promised earlier.
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
It was an absolute security nightmare which Alex had deliberately planned.

As it turns out, earlier in the day after the presscon, the band had stepped out to check out the city state and Alex returned with some street food he had bought from a hawker. He sat around the hotel lobby (not the Oriental where the presscon was held) and tried to enjoy his snack, when all of a sudden, the hotel manager comes up to him, and in a very rude, pompous and audible manner, stops him finishing his meal. It was his humiliation which prompted him to pull the stunt at the show.

To quote Mr. Kapranos from his book, Sound Bites, regarding this very incident, "Revenge is a dish best served not cold, but fast."

Not to sound fangirlish or anything, but this guy (and the rest of the band) has earned my respect.
Franz Ferdinand - Walk Away
I don't say this because I simply like their music, but any other musician would have most likely decided to just trash their hotel room. It would've been so much easier to put out their cigarettes on the carpet, wash the walls with alcohol and hurl a chair at the bathroom mirror. But he chose to do something that the arrogant hotel manager did deserve (being in the service industry and the general manager, he should've known who his VIP guests were) and at no cost to the band's management and label. And even at the label's insistence, the band chose not to move hotels. At the after party, you could see it in their faces how exhausted they were, but just the same, they had a smile for everyone there and obliged anyone with a camera.

Alex and company, you are what rockstars should be.



Isabetlog says:
Thanks Joanna :) Have you read his book? It's about all the exotic food he's had while on the road. He's a great musician and an excellent writer :)
Posted on: Jul 02, 2008
Jopin says:
Makes me love Franz Ferdinand all the more! Nice blog!
Posted on: Jul 02, 2008
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Listen to Alex & Bob say Fluxxeka…
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Franz Ferdinand - Walk Away
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The Franz Ferdinand throne
The Franz Ferdinand throne
Oh, the Gold!
Oh, the Gold!
Band pressies
Band pressies
5 get over excited
5 get over excited
Prepping for the press con
Prepping for the press con
Jade: Want to hear a story?
Jade: Want to hear a story?
Me: Sure!
Me: Sure!
Jade: My grandmother painted this.…
Jade: My grandmother painted this…
Quark: Dude, no way!
Nina: You do…
Quark: Dude, no way! Nina: You d…
...she was but a young girl, livin…
...she was but a young girl, livi…
Nina: Uh-oh...
Nina: Uh-oh...
Me: Jades toast.
Me: Jade's toast.
Sony-BMG MD: What the hell are you…
Sony-BMG MD: What the hell are yo…
Jade: Biatch!
Jade: Biatch!
Kiko: Meep!
Kiko: Meep!
Jason: Tsk, tsk, tsk...
Jason: Tsk, tsk, tsk...
Nina: Hahahhaha!
Nina: Hahahhaha!
Embarrassed, Jade steps out to pho…
Embarrassed, Jade steps out to ph…
Being the friend, I join and sympa…
Being the friend, I join and symp…
Kiko: Its no biggie, Jade, Ive b…
Kiko: It's no biggie, Jade, I've …
Me: Nice try, Keeks...
Me: Nice try, Keeks...
Kiko: Hee, I was only trying to ge…
Kiko: Hee, I was only trying to g…
Jason: Tama ng kabalastugan yan...…
Jason: Tama ng kabalastugan yan..…
Its Alex!!
It's Alex!!
MTV VJ Colby: Blah, blah, blah...
MTV VJ Colby: Blah, blah, blah...
Franz Ferdinand: Alex Kapranos, Bo…
Franz Ferdinand: Alex Kapranos, B…
Alex: Look what we got?!
Alex: Look what we got?!
Bob: It says here youve got a sma…
Bob: It says here you've got a sm…
Nick: And I look like Kyle McLaugh…
Nick: And I look like Kyle McLaug…
And now for a different view...
And now for a different view...
...Oohlala...
...Oohlala...
Jade: Keep that bitch away from me…
Jade: Keep that bitch away from m…
We had Alex & Bob all to ourselves
We had Alex & Bob all to ourselves
for the NU107 interview
for the NU107 interview
Direk Quark doing what he does bes…
Direk Quark doing what he does be…
Quarks next dream cast
Quark's next dream cast
Nina & Me: Ang gwapo ni Alex!
Nina & Me: Ang gwapo ni Alex!
Kiko: Gusto ko syang chupain!
Kiko: Gusto ko syang chupain!
And here we goooo!
And here we goooo!
The dark of the matinee
The dark of the matinee
Its always better on holiday
It's always better on holiday
I want you to take me out
I want you to take me out
So do ya do ya do ya wanna?
So do ya do ya do ya wanna?
Oh yeaaaaahhh.....
Oh yeaaaaahhh.....
Deadma ang mga hipon, as usual
Deadma ang mga hipon, as usual
This fire is out of control
This fire is out of control
Im just a shot away from you
I'm just a shot away from you
Hey you! Hey you!
Hey you! Hey you!
This boys so spectacular
This boy's so spectacular
Ich heiße Super Fantastisch
Ich heiße Super Fantastisch
Ich trinke Schampus mit Lachsfisch
Ich trinke Schampus mit Lachsfisch
Take your white finger.....
Take your white finger.....
Slide the nail under....
Slide the nail under....
Why dont you walk away?
Why don't you walk away?
Mascara bleeds into my eyeeeee....…
Mascara bleeds into my eyeeeee...…
The happy campers after the show
The happy campers after the show
Dork central, imitating the FF Pos…
Dork central, imitating the FF Po…
Nina: Alex Kapranos, I love you!
…
Nina: Alex Kapranos, I love you! …
So off we go to grab some grub
So off we go to grab some grub
Lyle: So how di you guys find the …
Lyle: So how di you guys find the…
Lia: Alex is soooo hot!
Quark: Ni…
Lia: Alex is soooo hot! Quark: N…
Nina: Alex forever, no!
Nina: Alex forever, no!
Me: Anyone got a light?
Me: Anyone got a light?
Jade: Yes, Alex lights up my world…
Jade: Yes, Alex lights up my worl…
Claire: Ok, you guys enjoy the aft…
Claire: Ok, you guys enjoy the af…
Meanwhile...
Meanwhile...
A crowd has gathered, impatiently …
A crowd has gathered, impatiently…
Alex, Me, Maan
Alex, Me, Maan
Take two
Take two
Alex, Jade, Me
Alex, Jade, Me
Nick & Me
Nick & Me
Bob, Me, Maan
Bob, Me, Maan
Papa Nick
Papa Nick
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