#157 The Frank & Walters – This Is Not A Song

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And you thought Sigur Ros were the first to invent their own language. Back in the early nineties the Frank & Walters could be heard the length and breath of the land speaking in a tongue that could only be understood by themselves and a select band of people from the southern capital. Their interview style was shambolic but the hyperbole wouldn’t haven’t been out of place in any top class fringe festival. And what a fringe the boy Linehan had, of lampshade/bowl construction it complemented his bands on stage style of orange dungarees. The Frank & Walters had the t-shirts, the fans and the NME singles of the week but sadly healthy sales just seemed out of reach. A brief look at their discography reveals a warren of classic pop songs where melody is to the fore. The bands early antics were reflected in some seriously silly lyrics (“I saw a blindman he was eating his fork, he says that’s what you got to do to be cool”) and the songs were equally colourful. The zenith of the bands success saw them performing ‘After All’ on Top of the Pops but there were even better songs on their debut ‘Trains, Boats & Planes’ (no John Candy/Steve Martin on backing vocals unfortunately). ‘This Is Not A Song’ is definitely one, a revelatory paean to love. The song sparkles from start to finish as a result of Linehan’s impassioned delivery and the jangling chord procession that falls just short of euphoric towards the end. To their credit the 2/3’s of the original lineup persists along with new addition Kevin Pedreschi and the promised new material this year is eagerly anticipated. It would be a resurrection of Lazarus proportions if they were to pull it off at this stage but in this hippy diddly crazy world that we live in anything is possible. KD

The Frank & Walters – This Is Not A Song

Artist Website: The Frank & Walters
Album: Trains, Boats & Planes
Year: 1992
Buy: Trains and Boats and Planes

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  1. Richard from Faversham
    March 7, 2006
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    Have to comment on this post, just to recommend the album that this track comes from, with great lyrics over even better tunes. They will always be remembered by me as being “The Best Support Band I Ever Saw!” (Sorry, if that sounds like a back handed compliment)

  2. A Franks Fan
    March 22, 2006
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    The band is recording their new album at the moment. I was lucky enough to hear a few early demos of some of the tracks and I believe it is going to be their best album to date. The sound is somewhere between ‘Grand Parade’ and ‘Beauty Becomes More Than Life’ with big choruses that Coldplay would be proud of and guitar melodies that Oasis would struggle to write. Lazarus was a great man but he couldn’t write songs like The Franks and Walters! We are, we are…

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