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Franny Griffiths performing with Space at Leestock, 2013
|Birth name||Francis Griffiths|
1 July 1966 |
|Genres||Alternative rock, Britpop, electronica, indie rock, pop rock, punk rock, techno|
|Instruments||Keyboards, piano, melodica|
|Associated acts||Space, Dust, Subway Showdown|
Franny Griffiths (born Francis Griffiths, 1 July 1966, Liverpool, England) is a keyboardist, producer and remixer, who is best known for being a member of the band, Space. He also plays guitar, melodica and piano. His main influences are Kraftwerk, hip-hop, Can, various electro bands and Crass. Despite being a self-confessed dance music fan, he also admits to liking heavy rock bands such as Marilyn Manson.
The strange noises produced by Griffiths' keyboards (contrary to rumours, he does not use a Theremin) are one of the trademarks of Space's sound. Unlike his other bandmates, Griffiths has never performed lead vocals on a Space track, with one exception - "I Am Unlike A Lifeform You've Ever Met", a B-side on the "Avenging Angels" single. However, on the first two Space albums, Spiders and Tin Planet, as well as the B-sides of various singles, he has contributed instrumental tracks, as well as remixes under the moniker Franny Aspirin.
Griffiths met Space singer Tommy Scott as a teenager, and the two were both members of The Australians and Hello Sunset. Griffiths also used to be in a band called BB And Me. In the late 1980s, he left England for Spain, where he worked as a bouncer in Malgrat de Mar, Barcelona, and often went clubbing in Ibiza. On his return to Liverpool, he was handed an empty cigarette packet with Scott's telephone number written on it, and the request that he help the nascent Space record a demo. Naturally curious, Griffiths dialled the number. he became the fourth member of Space in 1994.
Along with Scott, Griffiths is one of the two original members in the most recent Space line-up.
As with his bandmates, the stress of touring America in 1997 minus guitarist Jamie Murphy - with whom Griffiths seems to have a love/hate relationship - took its toll on the keyboardist. He came down with a particularly nasty case of stomach ulcers, as well as succumbing to tonsillitis on Space's second U.S. tour with Murphy. On one of the American tours in 1997, Griffiths and his bandmates visited Mike Myers' house after 'Female Of The Species' featured in Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery.
After Space split in 2005, Griffiths made R'n'B music under the name Subway Showdown. He also played alongside Murphy in Dust, before Space's reunion in 2011. Outside Space, he has remixed other bands.
Griffiths has used the following synths when touring and recording with Space:
- "Interviews - Fans - June 2002 Franny". Space the Band. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- "Interviews - Press - 1997 Rocknet Franny". Space the Band. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- "The body of keyboardist Franny Griffiths was riddled with ulcers." Q magazine, March 1998.
- Franny Griffiths: "(Mike Myers) had a drumkit and all these guitars.(...)We were just jamming away on all this gear. It was cool, like." NME, December 1997.
- "Franny Griffiths SubwayShowdown | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
-  Archived December 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Karen Marsh credited with additional vocals on the remix 'Welcome To The Neighbourhood (Remix by Franny Aspirin)' on "Neighbourhood" Disc 2 (CXGUT5).
- Tommy Scott: "Hillsborough. I just remember the day. Franny, our keyboard player, was there. He had to go home on the train and he didn't know if his mates were alive or dead." Vox Magazine, April 1998.