5 Things you might not know about - Frank Sidebottom
- Brian Donaldson
- 28 February 2008
1 The man behind the big-headed Manc is one Chris Sievey. Frank was initially created to be a fan of Sievey’s group The Freshies, but he became so popular that Sievey soon focused his artistic energies on Sidebottom.
2 Among those who played with The Freshies were The Cult’s Billy Duffy and Magazine’s Martin Jackson. Mark Radcliffe and Jon Ronson can claim to have been members of Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band. Perhaps best of all, Chris Evans was briefly employed as Sidebottom’s driver.
3 Frank recently recorded an advert for Safestyle, the north west of England’s ‘leading independent replacement window and door company’. The ad concluded with this stirring endorsement: ‘Yes, Safestyle windows are really fantastic. You know they are. They really are.’
4 Frank wrote an episode of kids animated series Pingu in which the Swiss penguin is spooked at night by some genuinely frightening shadows.
5 Tragically, his amateur football career was cut short when an opposing manager complained that he’d be a danger when going in for a header. Manchester County FA enforced a ban and fined him £25.
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