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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

I Love You All


On Saturday night I watched Frank, the fictionalised and dramatised version of the life of Frank Sidebottom, starring Maggie Gyllenhall and Michael Fassbender. In the film, based on Jon Ronson's account of playing keys for Frank Sidebottom, Frank takes his band to a shack in Ireland and to their outer limits recording an album. The whole band later on collapses in Austin, Texas before playing at SXSW. Frank vanishes, turning up at a music hall where the remainder of the group are playing alt-country. Michael Fassbender, now giant headless (as Frank) is given a microphone and joins in singing this beautiful song, right at the film's climax. The song is played by the actors and sung by Fassbender. Based partly also on the lives of Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart, Frank is American throughout, rather than from Timperley, and has a rich baritone rather than Chris Sievey's squeeky voice. It doesn't really matter, artistic license and all that. It's a really good film and a totally affecting moment and song. This is not a novelty. You'll love it. Promise.

I Love You All

When Chris Sievey (the real Frank Sidebottom) died he was penniless. A crowdfunded account opened to pay for his funeral and then a couple of years ago a statue was erected in Timperley village, outside what is now a Costa coffee shop. If you're ever in the area you should pay it a visit. In the photo above Frank's statue (right) is pictured with your Bagging Area blogger (left, obvs). Annoyingly, Frank has better hair and fewer bags under his eyes.

10 comments:

The Swede said...

I've been unsure about this film, but I'll certainly add it to the list on your recommendation. Great photo!

Simon said...

Great pic. I've been intrigued by the film, wondering how the hell they managed to make a film out of it all. I'll watch that then.

Singing Bear said...

Frank Sidebottom was a creation of utter genius and means a great deal to me. I was aghast at the notion of the Americanised film - maybe I'll have to give it a try...I really should.

george said...

..you forgot to mention that Frank has much lovelier lips than that other bloke in the picture, Adam. Love the song.

Webbie - FootieAndMusic said...

The film had some good moments. The first gig in which the new keyboard player took part was fantastic.

It is a beautiful song. Fassbender has a great voice.

Can't wait for the Frank Sidebottom documentary though.

C said...

Great pic! I know very little about his story, but the film sounds interesting, and I've enjoyed the documentaries I've seen on both Daniel Johnston and Capt Beefheart so the references would perhaps resonate?

That chap on the left looks like a film star.

Luca said...

Okay, someone's gotta do it.
SA, you look like Russell Crowe in 'A Beautiful Mind'.
Deal with it.

George said...

Adam, Luca's right there.

Anonymous said...

No seen it Luca Will do a Google check
Swiss Adam

Simon said...

Watched the film last night. Pretty good actually. Didn't like Gleeson's character mind, he was a bit annoying. But good otherwise. Having said that my favourite things in the film were the sounds coming out of Gyllenhaal's synth.