Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has slammed musician Sting as being "distanced from reality".

Kapranos' criticism about the ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK singer comes just days after he took a swipe at American Idol judge Simon Cowell and manufactured pop acts.

Kapranos says, "I saw this interview with Sting and he was talking about how he had to be in a certain tower in his mansion, surrounded by candles, to be able to write a song.

"And I thought, 'Oh my God, how distanced from reality have you become? You can do it anywhere!'"

19/09/2004 15:05