Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has apologized to Pharrell after accusing the producer of
“borrow [ing] a riff”
from one of his songs.
Last Friday, Kapranos wrote,
“Hey @Pharrell – I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask…”
and linked to “Can’t Rely on You,” a song by British pop singer Paloma Faith produced by and featuring Pharrell. Kapranos didn’t explicitly say which Franz Ferdinand track he was referring to, but many saw it as a thinly veiled reference to “Take Me Out,” the group’s 2004 breakthrough hit.
In a tweet posted Monday morning, Kapranos walked back the accusation.
“@Pharrell Sometimes I forget how easily things can get exaggerated on here,”
“I know you didn’t borrow any riffs. Sorry for all the press BS.”
Pharrell’s 2014 should be as busy as last year. After performing “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers for the first time at the Grammys, he’s prepping for five shows with Bruno Mars and Aloe Blacc alongside recording his first album since 2006. He’s also been nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar for “Happy” from the film Despicable Me 2 and is currently working on the score for Spider-Man 2, alongside Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr.