Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

I can’t get Bouncing Babies by the Teardrop Explodes

Farewell then, Frank Sidebottom. If you don’t know, Mr Sidebottom — and you really should — he was a northern entertainer with a papier maché head of genuinely macrocephalic proportions. Never an enormous star, he nonetheless cheered up the 1980s …

Wed, Jun 23, 2010, 22:07

   

Farewell then, Frank Sidebottom. If you don’t know, Mr Sidebottom — and you really should — he was a northern entertainer with a papier maché head of genuinely macrocephalic proportions. Never an enormous star, he nonetheless cheered up the 1980s with entertainingly jolly versions of Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite and Anarchy in the UK. He also did a darn good version of the Smiths’ Panic.

Frank’s representative on earth, Chris Sievey, died earlier in the week. Unsurprisingly most of the attention focussed on his association with Mr Sidebottom, but mention should also be made of Sievey’s excellent group The Freshies. Sometimes unkindly labelled a novelty group, The Freshies were best known for their quasi-hit I’m In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk. That tune — later renamed I’m In Love With The Girl On a Certain Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk after bread-head Richard Branson whined — certainly deserves its place in the canon, but I always preferred the superb I Can’t Get Bouncing Babies by the Teardrop Explodes. Much as I love the Teardrops, The Freshies’ tune might even be better than the song it eulogises. Amazingly, it is actually on iTunes. What else are you going to do with €1? Think of his family. It seems the unfortunate bloke died in poverty (really).

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