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Chris Sievey

Chris Sievey

(1956 – 2010)

  • Goodbye Chris. You unique humor has brought years of laughter to me, my friends and in recent years my children too. Thankyou xxx
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Chris Sievey

Chris Sievey
(1956 – 2010)

In memory of

Chris Sievey

(1956 – 2010)
About Chris
This is a tribute to Chris Sievey aka Frank Sidebottom. Frank Sidebottom was the stage name and persona of the English comedian and musician Chris Sievey.
The character was instantly recognisable by his spherical head, styled like an early Max Fleischer cartoon. This was initially made from papier-mâché, but later rebuilt out of fibreglass.
Frank Sidebottom, usually dressed in a 1950s-style sharp suit, was portrayed as an aspiring pop star from the village of Timperley near Altrincham, Cheshire. His character was optimistic, enthusiastic, and seemingly unaware of his failings. Although seemingly middle-aged, he still lived at home with his mother, to whom he made frequent references. His mother was
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apparently unaware of her son's popularity. Frank sometimes had a sidekick in the form of "Little Frank", a hand puppet who was otherwise a perfect copy of Frank.
Comedy character Mrs Merton started out as Frank's sidekick on his radio show "Radio Timperley", and the similarity of the characters is evident, exuding a sense of great ambition which belies a domestic lifestyle in the north of England. Frank Sidebottom's former "Oh Blimey Big Band" members include Mark Radcliffe and Jon Ronson, and his driver was Chris Evans.
Frank Sidebottom was first revealed to the world on a 12 inch promotional record which came free with the Chris Sievey-created video game The Biz for the ZX Spectrum computer in 1984.
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The Frank Sidebottom character was initially created to be a fan of Sievey's band The Freshies but the popularity of the character led Sievey to focus his output on Frank Sidebottom comedy records, many of which were put out on the 'In Tape' record label of Manchester and previous to that, the 'Regal Zonophone' label.
He reached cult status in the late eighties/early nineties thanks to extensive touring of the country, and focusing on large towns such as St Helens. Performances were often varied from straightforward stand-up comedy and featured novelty components such as tombola, and a lot of crowd interaction. Sometimes the show also included lectures. Contrasting against the alternative comedians of the
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time, Frank Sidebottom comedy was family-friendly, if a little bizarre for some.
Frank also had his own comic strip in the children's weekly comic Oink! which was launched around the mid 1980s as the children's alternative to Viz.
Frank was perhaps most popular in the North West region of England, where his success was caught up in that of the Madchester scene, and for a time was a regular on regional ITV station Granada. He even featured as a reporter on its regional news programme, Granada Reports. At one point Frank had his own television show on ITV entitled Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show. He also made numerous appearances on Channel 4, including the British version of the game show Remote
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Control which was presented by Anthony H Wilson, where each week he would pose "Frank's Fantastic Question" to the contestants. He also made several appearances on the Television South/ITV Saturday morning children's show No. 73.
Along with television, the Frank Sidebottom character also made appearances on radio, on stations such as Manchester station Piccadilly Radio and on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 5, alongside Mark and Lard.
Frank sang the Beatles song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" on the charity album Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father, which featured other acts like Michelle Shocked, The Christians, Sonic Youth, Billy Bragg, Hue and Cry, The Fall, and Wet Wet Wet. He later recorded "Flying" for another
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Beatles tribute album, Revolution No. 9.
Chris Sievey passed away on the 21st June 2010. This is an online memorial dedicated to his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 22nd Jun 2010
Peter Wilson
wrote:
At a time when "alternative comics" risked draining the very life-blood out of British comedy, you and Little Frank shone out brightly and defiantly for a brand of humour which was warm, engaging, intelligent and far more in touch with the real world than any of your peers. We will miss you far more than you could know - "We rea-lly will".
My deepest condolences to your family and close friends, to supporters of Altringham
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Peter Wilson
message continued:
FC - and to all who will miss the joys of "Potato time", "The Monopoly Song" and all the other unforgettable treasures which you shared with us, your grateful fans.
Peter W, from Sheffield
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Anon ymous
on 4th Jul 2015
They wrote:
Goodbye Chris. You unique humor has brought years of laughter to me, my friends and in recent years my children too. Thankyou xxx
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Chris Sievey

This is a tribute to Chris Sievey aka Frank Sidebottom. Frank Sidebottom was the stage name and persona of the English comedian and musician Chris Sievey.
The character was instantly recognisable by his spherical head, styled like an early Max Fleischer cartoon. This was initially made from papier-mâché, but later rebuilt out of fibreglass.
Frank Sidebottom, usually dressed in a 1950s-style sharp suit, was portrayed as an aspiring pop star from the village of Timperley near Altrincham, Cheshire. His character was optimistic, enthusiastic, and seemingly unaware of his failings. Although seemingly middle-aged, he still lived at home with his mother, to whom he made frequent references. His mother was...

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