We’re less than a week away from the release of the fourth album by Franz Ferdinand and the Scottish rockers opted to celebrate by settling in with Matt on the latest edition of The Hivecast. There are no shortage of stories worth telling that involve these guys, but you’ll be hard-pressed to beat singer Alex Kapranos’ recounting exactly what laws rock bands had to observe the first time Franz Ferdinand played in New York City.
“The most shocking thing for me was at the first gig we ever played [in New York] at Piano’s, on the Lower East Side,” Kapranos recalls. “It was at the time when Giuliani had introduced that strange bylaw where you couldn’t dance in the club. And here was us: We were a rock and roll band, but we were a dance band, and we wanted to make people dance. So we were standing on stage at Piano’s, and there were all these notices on the walls saying ’Thank you for not dancing,’ and I remember between every song saying to the audience, ’Thank you for not dancing!’ But people did dance, so it was actually all right. Break the law!”
Giuliani, of course, is history now, and Franz Ferdinand fans these days are watching the band at venues that couldn’t restrict dancing if they tried.
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