The DO YOU WANNA? star attended art school with Kapranos, who was so desperate for Hardy to complete his burgeoning rock group, he wouldn't let the matter drop.
He says, "I never really wanted to be in a band. I was a fan of music but never really played.
"Then I was at art school and became friends with Alex. He asked me if I wanted to have a go on bass guitar.
"I didn't really, but I had a go to keep him quiet."