Album Review

Frank (Rennicks, Stephen) – “Frank” – [Silva Screen Records Ltd.]

Thurston Hunger   3/16/2015   CD, Soundtrack

Listened to this album and was intrigued by it, feeling
the sense of a band gathering, and the shadow of
Suicide, well Alan Vega and not Don, and then the feeling
of a different Don Van Vliet, Captain Beefheart precision
pushing his vision. All the way through it once and I had
to see the film, and was not disappointed. So the first
feeling is gone, and now these songs are attached to
memories, from the film in all its intimacy and love for the
outside artist. And a pretty nice side swipe at SXSW
that I think KFJC fans will delight in, #20 is tongue in
ear after cheek. When madness spins around, many
things go flying out ward, amps, sparks, visiting German
families….but at the heart a sweet cover of “Lighthouse
Keep” ticks the Clockwork heart. Watching the film I felt
tangents to Scott Walker and Daniel Johnston, but
apparently Chris Sievey (RIP 2010) is the more immediate
inspiration we’ve only one Frankie Sidebottom 7″ and one
Freshies track on a collection, but this fine movie is
going to keep him alive forever. Now listening to the
soundtrack surely breaks the film flash-flooding into
my memory…I’d almost recommand folks get the soundtrack
first and listen all the way through, gathering your own
idea what the film might be like before watching it.
Can’t say enough good things about film and music.
-Thurston Hunger

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