R.I.P The Man With The Original Massive Heed
Yesterday saw the far too premature passing of Frank Sidebottom - the Timperley Treasure with the papier-mache noggin. If you don't know who he was, you will have to google him because it's quite difficult to explain the ethos of such a unique individual from ground zero. There has never been and never will be another comedy performer like him.
I was once fortunate enough to be a bit part player in his legendary Oh Blimey Big Band. The band, led by Frank, featured such illustrious names as Rick Zarco (real name) and Mark Radcliffe (yes the Mark Radcliffe of Radio Two-sville). My job was to drive the van so the rest of the lads could get tonked, but my favourite task was having to sit on stage reading the Daily Mirror, whilst on stand-by to light any of the lads ciggies if they fancied a quick puff mid set.
Frank also somehow got to support Queen at Wembley stadium, where he unashamedly conducted a ten minute sleight of hand magic show. 99.9 % of the audience had no idea who he was and what on earth he was doing - priceless.
God bless originality and let's all try to have a bit more in our lives.