22 Jun 2010
Frank Sidebottom 
We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of true music and comedy legend Frank Sidebottom (aka Chris Sievey). As recently as last January Frank (and Little Frank) had been touring with John Cooper Clarke but he had also been diagnosed with cancer. He died at his home in Hale near Manchester after suffering a heart attack.

Sievey's unique comedy persona Frank Sidebottom developed following a pop career as The Freshies (who were on Manchester's Rabid Records and produced by Martin Hannett). The Freshies were best known for the single I'm In Love With The Girl on the Manchester Virgin Megastore Check-Out Desk (the title of which was subsequently changed following the intervention of Virgin - though it wasn't shortened!).

Rest in peace Frank.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody else remember seeing Chris performing "I'm In Love..." at the Tenth Event at G-Mex in '86? I can't remember exactly when he came on (it was 24 years ago) but he played guitar and was warmly received.

I also remember that Cabaret Voltaire didn't play that day having pulled out earlier in the week.

22/06/2010, 17:33

 

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