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Reviewed on 23rd October 2006.

 
 

Frank Sidebottom

Live at New Roscoe on Wednesday, 18th October 2006

It's Frank Sidebottom at the New Roscoe, you know it is, it really is. It's a middle aged man in a papier mache head, who really should know better by now. Watched by 100+ middle aged people who also should know better by now. It's a marriage made in heaven, or at least in WA14. Being the punk rocker that he is, Frank kicks off with "Anarchy In Timperley", assuring us that it's coming sometime, but he doesn't know when. Skilfully, he turns this into "Rocking All Over The World" via "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor". Frank tells us of his new cartoon show to be on the telly soon and launches into his Manc medley - "Love Will Tear Us Apart", "Little Frank Strikes Again" and "Every Day Is Like Sunday". A triple whammy to be sure, only for Lickle Frank to try and steal the show - "I'd like to do some heavy met-al". Frank launches into "Hit The North", using Little Frank as a keyboard jabber. After, said puppet is put on the mike stand and is pierced by it. "Some flour, water and newspaper will fix him" - we are relieved. After a brief introduction to Mr Moulinex Iron, Frank discusses Paul Macartney's wives - he's very popular when he's with Jane Asher, not so when he's with Linda Eastman, and not at all when with Heather Mills. The reason? Because Asher is on daytime TV cooking legs of lamb, of course. The triple "Twist And Shout", "Hey Jude" and "Give Linda Macartney A Chance" allow much crowd participation, but now we must shut our eyes as Frank reveals his special guest. It's Santa, and it's "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer". Then, gasp, Santa reveals himself, it's Frank, and "Xmas Is Really Fantastic". Another layer of clothes is removed, as the temperature rises, and Frank is Alty's biggest fan for "The Robins Aren't Bobbins", "6 Great Footy Chants" and "Guess Who's Been On Match Of The Day?" How can he top this? By a proper showbiz makeover as he becomes Freddy Mercureeeee, shiny jacket and everything. "Frank", "We Will Rock You" and "Bohemian Rhapsody", fantastic entertainment. A blatant blag for his website and free download moves us onto "I Should Be So Lucky", "Timperley Blues" and 1 second of "Timperley Sunset". When will all this end, sides are aching, it'll end after "3 shirts on a line, 30 years of dirt washed out by me mum. "Mr Custard", "Hey You Street Artist", "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You", "The Wonder Of Frank", "A Day In The Life". It ends here, you know it does, it really does. Thank you.

 

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