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You know he is. He really is.
Small mercies, I guess, if it wasn't drawn out and grisly.
i don't think I can remember laughing as much as when I saw him at York City's social club.
Three classic Frank moments:
my facebook is full of tributes though.
who wore a papier mache head depicting the 1920s animator Max Fleischer and mostly doing hilarious covers of 80s Manchester post-punk songs with the lyrics changed to depict the prosaic reality of the north-west.
met him a few times out of character. My brother will be really upset, he worked with him for a few years.
:( so sad
i hope he read the fake wikipedia entry i once made saying that he had written a song about germaine greer. i think he would've liked it.
Only saw his act once. At a skatepark in Greater Manchester...'Bones' in Stockport possibly?
Is Stockport even Greater Manchester? Anyway, bit bizarre.
Loads of hardcore/thrash bands, a skate comp and Frank Sidebottom. http://tinyurl.com/356q58v
"thrash is really fantastic!"
As a kid, he used to frighten me.
I was thinking about that the other day. Sandi Toskvig and... who was the bloke?
from Art Attack.
It also featured Andrea Arnold, who has since gone on to direct Red Road and Fish Tank.
My sympathies go out to Little Frank obviously.
I have no idea what Frank Sidebottom looks like (sans head) or how old he was.
Remember 'remote control'? Quiz (?) show hosted by Tony Wilson with Frank involved. That was a bit mental really.
Was trying to remember what that was called
Sad to think they're both no longer with us.....
Used to love Remote Control.
Seems as if they're dropping like flies this year.
they don't make 'em like that any more. Or do they?
Tea-time-ish-time on BBC2 and C4 used to be awash with programmes for da yoot. Remote Control, Access all Areas (a spin off from The Word), all sorts of Def II stuff, The Wonder Years, That Bob Mills videogame thing on Sky, TFI Friday, ToTP...
Maybe it was repeated on C4 for the hoi polloi.
But any old scratter could get MTV back then before subscriptions, and when they were giving out dishes for free trials.
We had a trial dish for ages without anyone bothering to come back and claim it so we had free Sky Sports for a year or two before they started scrambling it for subscriptions, too.
very sad indeed, he was pretty much legendary around my parts growing up (I'm from Timperly) and Chris was a nice enough chap outside of character. He managed to wind up a lot of people, including Aly FC staff and fans, but got away with it because no-one actually knew how to react to him. I remember someone lobbing a burger at him during the FA cup when he invaded the pitch, and he shouted 'NO THANKS, ME MAM MADE ME TEA' back.
Sad news (I did laugh at the last line, though).
'He didn't look that old'....
21/10 if it wasnt an international joke
22 Jun 2010, 12:02PM
Over the previous few months, Chris/Frank and I had been building a website with the aim of putting his entire back catalogue of shows onto the internet as his way of saying thank you to his loyal fantastic fans.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will be adding all of the classic Radio Timperley and Franks World episodes that he supplied to us and of course, they're available to listen to for free online or download to your iPhone via iTunes.
We've just posted Frank's World Cup report (from 1986) and there are already a few other shows up there too.
Please visit http://www.radiotimperley.com to listen and please spread the word via Twitter and Facebook too.
Sleep well Chris/Frank. The legend will never die."