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* BasementDweller: Frank lives at home with his mother.


* WritingAroundTrademark: ''The Freshies'' single, "I'm in Love with the Girl on a Certain Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk" was originally called "I'm in Love with the Girl on the Virgin Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk" but [[Creator/VirginRecords the Virgin Group]] threatened to sue.

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* WritingAroundTrademark: WritingAroundTrademarks: ''The Freshies'' single, "I'm in Love with the Girl on a Certain Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk" was originally called "I'm in Love with the Girl on the Virgin Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk" but [[Creator/VirginRecords the Virgin Group]] threatened to sue.


* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: Tended to spend money as fast as he got it and rarely paid bills. Fans had to raise money to stop him getting a pauper's funeral.

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* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: Tended to spend money as fast as he got it and rarely paid bills. Fans had to raise money to stop him getting a pauper's funeral.funeral.
* WritingAroundTrademark: ''The Freshies'' single, "I'm in Love with the Girl on a Certain Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk" was originally called "I'm in Love with the Girl on the Virgin Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk" but [[Creator/VirginRecords the Virgin Group]] threatened to sue.

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* CraniumChase: Averted when Little Frank's girlfriend, Little Denise's head gets kidnapped. Frank decides to ignore the ransom demands because a cardboard puppet can survive without a head.

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* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: In one of the ''Oink!'' comics he send Little Frank to the moon and doesn't bother with a spacesuit figuring a puppet wouldn't need to breathe.
* LeeroyJenkins: Chris played in a football team called the '' Temperley Big Shorts''. To the annoyance if his team he sometimes played in the Frank head and couldn't see the ball.


* BecomingTheMask: Friends and family have speculated that Chris become overly attached to and obsessed with his alter ego, to the detriment of the rest of his life.

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* TheAlcoholic: Was one for years.
* BecomingTheMask: Friends and family have speculated that Chris become overly attached to and obsessed with his alter ego, to the detriment of the rest of his life.life.
* FanBoy: Was a major fan of ''Music/TheBeatles''.
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: Tended to spend money as fast as he got it and rarely paid bills. Fans had to raise money to stop him getting a pauper's funeral.


BecomingTheMask: Friends and family have speculated that Chris become overly attached to and obsessed with his alter ego, to the detriment of the rest of his life.

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* BecomingTheMask: Friends and family have speculated that Chris become overly attached to and obsessed with his alter ego, to the detriment of the rest of his life.


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!! Tropes associated with Chris Sievey include...
BecomingTheMask: Friends and family have speculated that Chris become overly attached to and obsessed with his alter ego, to the detriment of the rest of his life.

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Frank Sidebottom was the creation and alter ego of musician Chris Sievey, who was born in Ashton-On-Mersey some 2-and-a-half miles from Timperley. Chris was a rock musician with an encyclopaediac knowledge of 3D films, a passion for science fiction (particularly the works of {{Creator/Gerry Anderson}}) and a strong desire to make it to Top of the Pops. Unfortunately, none of these qualities resulted in a successful career: Chris released a series of albums from 1975 to 1983 both with and without his band, the Freshies, but the closest they ever got to the Top Ten was #53 in the Singles Chart, with "I'm in Love With the Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk". Following a particularly fallow period for the band (and after at least one near bankruptcy), Chris began work on a video game, ''The Biz'', for the ZX Spectrum, which allowed players to create a band and attempt to push them to national chart success. The game came with an interview conducted by none other than a certain pop music fanatic from Timperley...
Soon afterwards, Chris began a career as Frank, signing a short-lived contract with EMI.

Frank inhabited a strange liminal space between his world and ours: often literally pushing his way in to the pop world, Frank was the embodiment of both a celebration and a condemnation of pop music: Frank was self-promoting and desperate for attention, but he retained a naiveté and enthusiasm for music that was hard to dislike. He was annoying and repetitive to many, but sometimes his rearrangements of songs showed a flash of genius. Frank's world, as heard on his radio programmes and records and seen in his TV series, was a strange idyll in the North; a fantasy world where zoo animals co-existed with home-made science fiction robots and a trip into outer space was as likely as a day out in Blackpool. Chris Sievey died of cancer in 2010, aged just 54.

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[[caption-width-right:350:The man behind the mask]]
Frank Sidebottom was the creation and alter ego of musician Chris Sievey, who was born in Ashton-On-Mersey Ashton-On-Mersey, some 2-and-a-half miles away from Timperley. Chris was a rock musician with an encyclopaediac knowledge of 3D films, a passion for science fiction (particularly the works of {{Creator/Gerry Anderson}}) and a strong desire to make it to onto Top of the Pops. Unfortunately, none of these qualities resulted in a successful music career: Chris released a series of albums from 1975 to 1983 both with and without his band, the Freshies, but the closest they ever got to the Top Ten was #53 in the Singles Chart, with "I'm in Love With the Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk". Following a particularly fallow period for the band (and after at least one near close call with bankruptcy), Chris began work on a video game, ''The Biz'', for the ZX Spectrum, which allowed players to create a band and attempt to push them to national chart success. The game came with an interview conducted by none other than a certain pop music fanatic from Timperley...
Soon afterwards, afterwards inthe early eighties, Chris began a career as Frank, signing Frank. After a short-lived contract with EMI.EMI collapsed, he turned towards independent labels and continued his march towards chart domination.

Frank inhabited a strange liminal space between his world and ours: often literally pushing his way in to the pop world, the Frank Sidebottom persona was the embodiment of both a celebration and a condemnation of pop music: Frank was self-promoting and desperate for attention, but he retained a naiveté and enthusiasm for music that was hard to dislike. He was annoying and repetitive to many, but sometimes his rearrangements of songs showed a flash of genius. Frank's world, as heard on his radio programmes and records and seen in his TV series, was a strange idyll in the North; North of England; a fantasy world where zoo animals co-existed with home-made science fiction robots and a trip into outer space was as likely as a day out in Blackpool. Chris Sievey died of cancer in 2010, aged just 54.


Frank Sidebottom was a 37-year-old man from the Manchester suburb of Timperley [[note]]although Timperley has historically been considered to be part of Cheshire, in recent years it come to be part of the Greater Manchester area.[[/note]], where he lived with his mum. He had a wide and varied career in what he called "showbiz", even though his mum didn't approve--over the years he made music, radio programmes and two TV programmes, wrote a column for ''ComicBook/{{Oink}}'', provided commentary on Setanta Sport, founded his own football team ([[https://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/timperleybigshortsfc/41791/Home The Timperley Bigshorts]]) and made guest appearances on dozens of television programmes, including a regular feature on ITV children's show No.73 and the MTV Europe gameshow Remote Control. According to the liner notes of "A B C & D", his "Best of" compilation, between 1984 and 1994 he:

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Frank Sidebottom was a 37-year-old man from the Manchester suburb of Timperley [[note]]although Timperley has historically been considered to be part of Cheshire, in recent years it come to be part of the Greater Manchester area.[[/note]], area[[/note]], where he lived with his mum. He had a wide and varied career in what he called "showbiz", even though his mum didn't approve--over the years he made music, radio programmes and two TV programmes, wrote a column for ''ComicBook/{{Oink}}'', provided commentary on Setanta Sport, founded his own football team ([[https://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/timperleybigshortsfc/41791/Home The Timperley Bigshorts]]) and made guest appearances on dozens of television programmes, including a regular feature on ITV children's show No.73 and the MTV Europe gameshow Remote Control. According to the liner notes of "A B C & D", his "Best of" compilation, between 1984 and 1994 he:





You know it can, it really can.

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You know it can, it really can.can.

!! Tropes associated with Frank Sidebottom include...


Frank inhabited a strange liminal space between his world and ours: often literally pushing his way in to the pop world, Frank was the embodiment of both a celebration and a condemnation of pop music: Frank was self-promoting and desperate for attention, but he retained a naivete and enthusiasm for music that was hard to dislike. He was annoying and repetitive to many, but sometimes his rearrangements of songs showed a flash of genius. Frank's world, as heard on his radio programmes and records and seen in his TV series', was a strange idyll in the North; a fantasy world where zoo animals co-existed with home-made science fiction robots and a trip into outer space was as likely as a day out in Blackpool. Chris Sievey died of cancer in 2010, aged just 54.

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Frank inhabited a strange liminal space between his world and ours: often literally pushing his way in to the pop world, Frank was the embodiment of both a celebration and a condemnation of pop music: Frank was self-promoting and desperate for attention, but he retained a naivete naiveté and enthusiasm for music that was hard to dislike. He was annoying and repetitive to many, but sometimes his rearrangements of songs showed a flash of genius. Frank's world, as heard on his radio programmes and records and seen in his TV series', series, was a strange idyll in the North; a fantasy world where zoo animals co-existed with home-made science fiction robots and a trip into outer space was as likely as a day out in Blackpool. Chris Sievey died of cancer in 2010, aged just 54.


Frank collaborated with many people over the course of his career, including [[Music/TheSmiths Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke]], [[Music/NewOrder Peter Hook]] and [[Series/TheRoyleFamily Caroline Aherne]]. He also performed covers of many, many musicians and groups, including: {{Captain Beefheart}}, {{Kylie Minogue}} and {{The Fall}}. Famous Frank Fans include {{Ultravox}} musician Midge Ure (who appeared on his 1990 television programme, ''Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show'') and alternative comedian Creator/StewartLee, who helped raise money for a statue of Frank to be erected in Timperley in 2013. A partial discography can be found [[https://www.discogs.com/artist/267701-Frank-Sidebottom here]].

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Frank collaborated with many people over the course of his career, including [[Music/TheSmiths Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke]], [[Music/NewOrder Peter Hook]] and [[Series/TheRoyleFamily Caroline Aherne]]. He also performed covers of many, many musicians and groups, including: {{Captain Beefheart}}, {{Kylie Minogue}} Music/CaptainBeefheart, Music/KylieMinogue and {{The Fall}}. Music/TheFall. Famous Frank Fans include {{Ultravox}} Music/{{Ultravox}} musician Midge Ure (who appeared on his 1990 television programme, ''Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show'') and alternative comedian Creator/StewartLee, who helped raise money for a statue of Frank to be erected in Timperley in 2013. A partial discography can be found [[https://www.discogs.com/artist/267701-Frank-Sidebottom here]].

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