Our Frank

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"Our Frank"
Single by Morrissey
from the album Kill Uncle
Released 11 February 1991
Format 7", 12", CD, cassette
Length 3:25
Label HMV (UK)
Writer(s) Morrissey, Mark Nevin
Producer(s) Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley
Morrissey singles chronology
"Piccadilly Palare"
(1990)
"Our Frank"
(1991)
"Sing Your Life"
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]

"Our Frank" is a song by Morrissey, released as a single in February 1991. It was the first single taken from the Kill Uncle album. It was also the first of his collaborations with Mark Nevin to be released.

Despite being released before the album that spawned it, the single reached number 26 in the UK Singles Chart. This was the lowest any Morrissey single had charted since his first release "Suedehead" in 1988.

Despite its title, the song lyrics are not about someone named Frank, but rather they describe "frank and open, deep conversations" that get Morrissey nowhere and leave him disheartened. Throughout the song he complains about his frustration, asking his conversation partner to stop and uncharacteristically demanding cigarettes and alcohol to get through the dross. The final verse, however, sees Morrissey singing "Won't somebody stop me from thinking? From thinking all the time, about everything. So deeply, so bleakly..." indicating that the conversations he so dreads are in fact with himself. This introspective twist gives the song a hit of Morrissey's wry wit, but at the same time it displays the dark uniqueness that pervades the album. The lyrics of "Our Frank", along with the brooding music and strange production (Morrissey's voice is overdubbed and echoed) offer some insight into why the album was poorly received and also why some of the songs have become particularly popular with fans.[2]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl and cassette[edit]

  1. "Our Frank"
  2. "Journalists Who Lie"

12" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Our Frank"
  2. "Journalists Who Lie"
  3. "Tony the Pony"

CD[edit]

  1. "Our Frank"
  2. "Journalists Who Lie"
  3. "Tony the Pony"
Country Record label Format Catalogue number
UK HMV 7" vinyl POP1625
UK HMV 12" vinyl 12POP1625
UK HMV Compact disc CDPOP1625
UK HMV Cassette TCPOP1625

Etchings on vinyl[edit]

British 7": FREE RON FREE REG/DRUNKER QUICKER

British 12": "FREE REG FREE RON"/"DRUNKER QUICKER"

Reviews[edit]

Perhaps surprisingly, NME gave "Our Frank" a positive review, calling the single the singer's "freshest vinyl confection since 'Suedehead'".[3] However, Ned Raggett of AllMusic was less enthused, writing "the title track isn't all it could be."[1]

Musicians[edit]

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed live by Morrissey on his 1991 Kill Uncle tour. Along with all of the material from Kill Uncle, "Our Frank" has never been performed by Morrissey since the 1991 tour.[4]

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