Although they split in early , early live and studio material was rounded up by various labels during the 80s, and this became their indie chart legacy. Eventually their style mutated into commercial dance soundscapes, and most of the originals left, leaving a duo of Colin Angus and new bassist Will Sinnott, who was to tragically drown in the Canary Islands in May After a lengthy semi-retirement she came back to recording as a direct result of the urging of Smiths singer Morrissey, immediately scoring a hit single with a Morrissey-produced cover of a Smiths song.
Taylor departed in to form the Motorcycle Boy. Wearing an oversized balloon-shaped papier-mache mask with painted-on face, and singing like George Formby, this creation has far out-achieved the "serious" Sievey. Line-up was Darryl vocals , Jacki synth , Diane synth and Paul electronic percussion. She had UK chart success in the 60s, but My Baby The instrumental line-up went through many changes, and at one time included Robert Smith, "on loan" from the Cure.
Eldritch would front further incarnations of the band into the s. Martin Henderson replaced the latter early in , and the band were signed by Chrysalis during , which coincided with Hurst leaving to join Ghost Dance. They made two further singles for Malicious Damage Records.
Their Y and Human singles came between album deals with Island and CBS, but the latter didn't work out, and they split early in They split in mid, and varied solo work followed. Their releases were among the earliest production efforts by Youth of Killing Joke, and were engineered by Alan Moulder.
The line-up went through more than one change, but from until their split in '81, also included Kimberley Rew guitar , Matthew Seligman bass and Morris Windsor drums. Hitchcock moved on to work both solo and with new band the Egyptians. Their one-and only album was never released, apparently because of management disagreements. He died of a heart attack in April , a year before his British hit - which was a reissue of a US chart success from By the time they signed to Fire, the latter two had been replaced by Will Carruthers and John Mattock, and this duo eventually left with Pierce to form Spiritualised.
They broke up in after the Expulsion release. Despite good sales on their first single, they had split within a year. Benzine drums. Spizz is still active, working under name variation No. Musicians involved were Graham and Derek Thompson, plus vocalist Sinan.
The other players were Enzo bass and Kevin Meynell drums. This novelty number was a revival of his very first hit, originally in the charts in , and featured Stewart's impersonation of Elvis Presley, among other delights. In the 80s he turned pure pop, producing synth-driven revivals of classic oldies, with suitably chosen friends he'd also worked with Gaskin in the 70s on vocals.
Following these commercial splashes, he went back to more experimental sounds with Rapid Eye Movement no relation to US band R. After some personnel changes, they split in , but reformed with ex-Jam bassist Bruce Foxton at the end of the decade. Singles Dec S. In the 90s they were best-known for spending years promising a second album, then disintegrating in the wake of its eventual release.
Big favourites of John Peel. Denis King, also a prolific TV music composer for many years, was formerly part of hitmaking vocal trio the King Brothers during the s. Lead singer Bjork Gundmundsdottir went on to find even bigger solo fame sans her surname in the s. Although supposedly 35 years old the age always attributed to Frank irrespective of the passage of time , he still lived at home with his mother, to whom he made frequent references.
His mother was apparently unaware of her son's popularity. Frank sometimes had a sidekick in the form of "Little Frank", a hand puppet who was otherwise a perfect copy of Frank. Comedy character Mrs Merton started out as Frank's sidekick on his radio show Radio Timperley , and the similarity of the characters is evident, exuding a sense of great ambition which belies a domestic lifestyle in the North of England. The Frank Sidebottom character was initially created to be a fan of Sievey's band The Freshies but the popularity of the character led Sievey to focus his output on Frank Sidebottom comedy records, many of which were released on Marc Riley 's In-Tape record label of Manchester  and previous to that, on EMI 's Regal Zonophone imprint.
Performances were often varied from straightforward stand-up comedy and featured novelty components such as tombola , and a lot of crowd interaction. Sometimes the show also included lectures. Contrasting against the alternative comedians of the time, Frank Sidebottom's comedy was family-friendly, if a little bizarre for some. Frank was perhaps most popular in the North West of England , where his success was caught up in that of the Madchester scene, and for a time was a regular on regional ITV station Granada.
He even featured as a reporter on its regional news programme, Granada Reports. Frank sang the Beatles song " Being for the Benefit of Mr. Frank faded into obscurity in the late s, rarely appearing either on TV or live appearances. The first showing of each show was in black and white "so you don't have to turn the colour down" , whilst subsequent repeats were shown in full colour.
Frank appeared as a test card shown late at night on Channel M, where he and Little Frank ramble on and sing songs whilst framed in a parody of the classic Test Card F.
He received an overall score of 22 points from judges James Nesbitt and Glenda Gilson , putting him in first place for all the series' acts so far. He also appeared at "Late" at Tate Britain on 3 August Frank performed at Kendal Calling in Following Sievey's death in June , a social networking campaign was launched to gain Frank his first UK hit.
Sievey was posthumously recognised with the special judges' award at the Chortle Awards. A publicly funded statue of Frank by Colin Spofforth was unveiled on 20 October at in Timperley village, the timing a reference to one of the character's catchphrases. Sievey was diagnosed with cancer in May , and died at Wythenshawe Hospital on 21 June at the age of 54 after collapsing at his home in Hale, Greater Manchester. Sievey left a daughter, Asher, aged 30, and two sons: Stirling, 31, and Harry, Sievey's funeral was held on 2 July at Altrincham Crematorium.
The private service was attended by more than members of his family, friends and former colleagues. On 8 July , over 5, fans of Frank Sidebottom gathered for a party at the Castlefield Arena in Manchester to celebrate Sievey's life. The film Frank was largely inspired by the Frank Sidebottom character, telling the story of a young wannabe musician who joins a group led by the enigmatic Frank Michael Fassbender. On 8 July , over 5, fans of Frank Sidebottom gathered for a party at the Castlefield Arena in Manchester to celebrate Sievey's life.
The exhibition covered both Frank Sidebottom, and Sievey's other creative endeavours. It was announced in April , that GCHQ had cracked the hidden codes and messages that Sievey had left around the borders of his Frank Sidebottom books and recordings.
The film Frank was largely inspired by the Frank Sidebottom character, telling the story of a young wannabe musician who joins a group led by the enigmatic Frank Michael Fassbender. Although drawing from Ronson's memoir, the story is set in contemporary Ireland and America, and the Frank character combines elements of Sievey with Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart. In , a feature-length documentary about the life and art of Chris Sievey, entitled Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story  was announced and was eventually released in March It is directed by Steve Sullivan, and was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
The film documents Sievey's entire life, including his band The Freshies and his creation of the Frank Sidebottom character. It features interviews with many of Chris Sievey's family and colleagues and exclusive access to Chris' own personal archive of home movies, diaries, notebooks, props and costumes.
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