Michael Anthony Franano

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Michael Anthony Franano
Michael Anthony Franano - 2012 Promotional Photo.jpg
Michael Anthony Franano
Background information
Origin Kansas City, Missouri, New York City
Genres Singer-songwriter, Rock, alternative rock, acoustic, pop rock
Years active 1984–present
Labels Columbia, Epic, Mutiny, Warner Bros., Sire
Associated acts The Front, Bakers Pink, Michael Moon

Michael Anthony Franano (born 1964) is an American rock singer/songwriter and musician known for his work in the hard rock and alternative genres.[1]


In 1989–90, Michael Anthony Franano achieved commercial success as singer/songwriter of The Front, a band originally from Kansas City, MissourI. After the CBS release of their self-titled album, and single, Fire reached number 29 on the Billboard Rock charts.[2] He has since released two more albums. The first was after The Front changed their name to Bakers Pink and released a self-titled album on Epic Records in 1993.[3] He released a solo album in 1998 on Mutiny Records (Warner/Sire) under the name Michael Moon. The Michael Moon Band (credited as Michael Moon/El Flamingo Band[4]) had a cameo appearance in the Woody Allen / Miramax film, Celebrity, performing the single Chanel No. 5 in a club scene while Kenneth Branagh dances with Charlize Theron. Michael is also credited for writing, composing and performing the music on Lynn's Wake, an independent film and Winner of the Best Short Screenplay in the Atlantic City Film Festival in 1999,[5][6] as well as writing songs featured in the television shows Party of Five and Melrose Place. Michael continues to write and record and is currently working on new material.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album (artist) US RIAA certification
1989 The Front (The Front)[7] 118[8]
1993 Bakers Pink (Bakers Pink)[9]
1998 You (Michael Moon)[10]
2012 The Front Live in New York City 1990 (The Front)[11]


Year Single (artist) Chart positions
US Hot 100 US Main Rock UK
1989 Fire (The Front) 29
1990 Le Motion (The Front)
1993 Watercolours (Bakers Pink)
1998 Chanel No. 5 (Michael Moon)


  1. ^ Michael Franano Interview. Sugar Buzz Magazine. By Geordie Pleathur. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  2. ^ Michael Moon Biography. Retrieved from Wayback Machine January 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Bakers Pink profile on AMG.com Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Celebrity Cast Listing on BFI Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Lynn's Wake Movie Synopsis Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  6. ^ Lynn's Wake Crew Via Archive.org. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  7. ^ The Front Discogs.com Album Listing Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  8. ^ Billboard Magazine Chart History March 24, 1990. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  9. ^ Bakers Pink Discogs.com Album Listing Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  10. ^ Michael Moon Discogs.com Album Listing Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  11. ^ The Front Official Website Retrieved September 3, 2013.

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