I'm delighted to say that Frank Sidebottom is my inaugural guest, and provider of the very first 19 answers! Yes, Frank Sidebottom, he of paper maché head, cult comedy hero and maker of genius records for some 25 years or more. Over to you Frank....
1. How are you?
very well boss...
2. Where are you at the moment?
at my mum's in timperley..
3. Who inspired you as a child?
scott, the tracy brothers..
4. What was the first record you ever bought?
one of paul mccartneys first band (the beatles)....
5. What's your all time favourite song(s) or album(s)?
i like all my songs and the mini album "introducing thunderbirds"
6. What was the first gig you ever attended?
i supported r.e.m. at the gallery in manchester in the early 80's (there were 35 people in)
7. What was your 'biggest break' or 'luckiest moment' in establishing your career?
supporting r.e.m. at the gallery in manchester in the early 80's .... their singer said i was "far out" !!!
8. How would you describe the music you make?
ace,.. fantastic ,... and top!
9. What's your most 'Rock n Roll' moment?
being chased by gary glitter's roadies at salford university... (you'll have to wait for the movie).
10. Worst moment of your career?
being chased by gary glitter's roadies at salford university.... (the movie is currently being cast,... but i don't know who will play me yet !).
11. What are you most proud of?
having a movie made about my life (by film 4)
12. One bit of advice you'd like to be able to give the 17 year old you?
"only a year to go till your 18 frank!"
13. If you could perform with any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?
paul mccartney (without wings)
14. Name one artist you really think I should check out?
my manderin greenhouse
15. What's currently on your iPod\CD player?
i've been listening to "tadpoles" - the bonzo's,.. "lil' beethoven" - sparks ,... and camera rolls a & b from the "get back" sessions this week.
16. What's the last album you bought?
"coco rosie" i think ?
17. Which song do you enjoy performing the most?
"mr. custard" at the mo,... and "this perfect day" - the saints.
18. What are you working on at the moment?
"frank sidebottom saves coney island" u.s. vinyl only release,... and two tribute tracks for a john cooper clarke album,... plus my own "e,f,g & h" album,.. and my next "franksworld" animation.
19. How can people find out more about you?
19 cracking answers there ("...you know they were... they really were...")!! Many thanks to Frank for being such a good sport. As well as his official site, you can also find out more about Frank at the following sites:
Franks entry on Wikipedia
Loads of info over at www.franksidebottom.co.uk/
Franks official MySpace Page.
Here's Franks' very own version of The Smiths' Panic:
Here's a clip from Franks' TV Show - The interview with Iain Lee is fab!