Living legend and papier-mâché headed Frank Sidebottom has just released a new compilation on Cherry Red Records called E, F, G & H. It’s a long overdue follow up to his first compilation for the label A, B, C & D – The Best Of, which was first released in 1997. Featuring 31 tracks, E, F, G & H sees Frank perform fantastic versions of classics by The Smiths, Kylie, Bros, Queen and The Sex Pistols. In addition to other hits and new tracks written by Frank himself.
Frank has been an ace entertainer in the showbiz world since the early eighties. In that time he’s released many records and toured relentlessly. He’s been a regional news presenter, had his own radio and television shows. And he’s even found time to be on Match Of The Day. His career has seen him work with some of the greats of the industry. Anthony H Wilson, Aphex Twin, Emma Bunton, David Soul, Richard & Judy, Antonio Fargas and Mrs. Merton, to name a few. And of course his long time collaborator, Little Frank.
A Comic Creation
Sidebottom’s career hasn’t been without scandal though, with some people alleging in the past that Frank isn’t in fact real at all. That he is simply the comic creation of Chris Sievey, former singer with Manchester band The Freshies. This misunderstanding probably came about as Frank was the band’s biggest fan before they split up.
Frank has recently been on tour with John Cooper Clarke, and you should be able to find him doing his own dates during December as well. E, F, G & H is available from Amazon, iTunes, and all the usual places. If you’re looking for a more personal touch though head over to Ebay. There you can find Frank selling signed copies with a couple of exclusive badges thrown in.
For those of you who’d like to know more about Frank Sidebottom, below is a rare interview. It’s taken from BBC Four’s Citizen Smith looking at Britain’s eccentrics. This clip gives a brief insight in to what goes on inside that papier-mâché head. In addition to that, Frank has his own blog that you can check out at Franksworld (www.franksworld.co.uk/wordpress/).