Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos is living in fear of an abusive prostitute as he takes a break from touring in Australia.

The WALK AWAY hitmaker, 33, is renting a flat in a down-market area of Sydney, but is terrified of a local lady of the night.

He says, "Darlinghurst is an interesting part of the town - it hasn't been quite gentrified from its former slummy status.

"Opposite the door of my flat, there's a corner where a few hookers turn tricks. Some of them are very friendly, but one isn't.

"She screams, 'What the f**k are you looking at?' At anyone who goes near her.

"So now I make sure I look at a eucalyptus tree, a passing bus, or a dog turd. Anything but her.

"But it might be a bit of a kink for some - being yelled at by a mouthy tart."