Franz Ferdinand frontman laments end of ‘Top Of The Pops’

But Alex Kapranos reckons it'll be back

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has called the end of UK music Top Of The Pops’ a “shame” – but he thinks it’ll be back.

The last show, and hour-long special, was recorded earlier this week and will be broadcast on Sunday (July 30) at 7pm on BBC2.

The programme had been running for 42 years.


Kapranos told NME.COM: “It’s a shame it’s going. When you see anything that’s been part of you life since you were a kid disappear then you feel a wee bit sad. I think people listen to music in a different way now than they did a few years ago, so maybe ‘Top Of The Pops’ hasn’t kept up in the way it could have done. But I’m sad to see it go.”

He added: “It was an important part of growing up. You’d run to see it on Thursday nights. You’d watch it for the bands that you love and the bands that you hated as well. I remember seeing The Specials doing ‘Ghost Town’ and that was amazing. But then you’d sit at the screen and slag off the bands you hated as well, and there’d be some idiots in the audience that couldn’t dance as well.”

“But I think it’ll be back, definitely.”

And the star also revealed why he wore the ‘Franz Fucking Ferdinand’ T-shirt which caused a storm during a recording of the show earlier this month.

He admitted: “Everything else was dirty, I didn’t think it would be such a big scene. I was talking to one of the producers and he said because it was one of the last episodes, do what the fuck you want. So I fucking did!”