Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Frank Sidebottom

It is a sad day for light entertainment. The great Frank Sidebottom has died. RIP.

Frank Sidebottom
Photo: ITV / Rex Features via The Guardian website

For those of you not privileged to have seen Frank in his heyday at Liverpool Polytechnic c. 1990, giving lectures on 'Space', 'Puppets', etc., performing in one-man pantomimes, such as 'Bobbinson Crusoe', or singing his inspired version of Bohemian Rhapsody, this newspaper feature, first published in 1991, may explain things.

Here is The Guardian obituary of Chris Sievey, the man behind Frank.

For conoisseurs only (because the audio and video are both terrible), below is a feature from Granada Reports on Frank, featuring both Tony Wilson and Richard Madeley as presenters! Maybe c. 1987, I would guess.

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