22 June 2010Frank Sidebottom
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.
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography