Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Frank Sidebottom

"Frank Sidebottom: Nothing more than Chris Sievey wearing a paper maché head. He was created by Sievey as the Freshies' number one fan (well, The Freshies' only fan), and managed to get a career out of being the band's only fan. Ironic that the Freshies' fan would be more famous than the Freshies themselves.

Frank once sold a video by mail-order called "Frank's Home Movie Video". He reportedly recorded a personalised intro on each video ordered, and coloured all the sleeves in by hand!

He had many songs released, although all of them are near impossible to get hold of. For example, he released a couple of "Timperley" EPs, where all the tracks contained, er, "Timperley" (it was where he lived, or something). Yes: all of them. Every single one. Other famous releases included "Frank Sings The Magic Of Freddie Mercury and Queen", and the 12" version called "Frank Sings The Magic Of Freddie Mercury And Queen And Kylie Minogue (you know; her off 'Neighbours')". The most memorable tracks being "Frank Gordon" (a version of "Flash Gordon"), and "I Am The Champion" (a version of "We Are The Champions"). He also released a single entitled "Panic by The Sidebottoms", containing no less than nine different mixes of the same song (one of which was the "Demon Axx Warriors from Oblivion Mix"). And John Kettley wasn't the only BBC weatherman to have a song written about him, as Ian McCaskill's name was put to Frank's imaginatively-titled "Ian McCaskill". And we haven't even mentioned "Best of the Answering Machine", "6 All-time Great Footballing Chants (including 'Nil-Nil', 'Wemberley', and 'There's Only One Referee')" or "Frank checks into Auntie Edie's", yet. Or the album "B******s To Christmas"."

Frank Sidebottom - Timperley Blues

Frank Sidebottom - Firm Favourite Ads

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Cocaine Jesus said...

Another great character. Anyone who can release a record with asterix's in place of letters gets my vote!

gemma_woods said...

Frank Sidebottom's BRAND NEW ALBUM, "efg & h", has just been released and is available to buy on ebay from Frank himself !!! If you buy from Frank you will get two free badges (brand new designs), and an autograph to you!!

These are the CHEAPEST ON EBAY, at just £11.37, post free !!!

Here is the link to Frank's ebay auction,...

little_frank said...

Help get the The Ace Fantastic Top Semi Professional Showbiz Entertainer...Frank Sidebottom in the charts this Sunday. Buy his brilliant digital download single ‘Guess Who’s Been On Match Of The Day’ today!!!

Here is the iTunes link:

We thank you!

loopy said...

Hey, I know I'm about six years late, but is there any chance you could re-up these albums? I haven't found them anywhere else. Also if possible "Medium Play" and anything else you have. I'd be very grateful - you know I would, I really would.