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The Frank and Walters
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The Franks performing in Cork in September 2009
Background information
Origin Cork, Ireland
Genres Alternative rock, Indie pop
Years active 1989–present
Labels Setanta (1991)
Go! Discs (1992)
Fresh Indie Frontal Attack Records (2005)
Website Fan Site
Members Paul Linehan
Ashley Keating
Rory Murphy
Cian Corbett
Past members Niall Linehan
Kevin Pedreschi

The Frank and Walters are an alternative pop band from Cork city in Ireland. The band was founded in 1989 and named in honour of two eccentric Cork characters.[1][2]

Members[edit]

The original band line-up included Paul Linehan (as vocalist/bassist), his brother Niall Linehan (as guitarist), and Ashley Keating (on drums).

Niall Linehan was replaced as guitarist in 2004 by Kevin Pedreschi, who was in-turn replaced by Rory Murphy in 2010.[3] Cian Corbett joined on keyboard duties in 2005.[4]

Career[edit]

Signing for the Setanta label in 1991,[5] the group debuted with the album EP1, and the lead track "Fashion Crisis Hits New York" became an indie hit.[6] The follow-up EP EP.2 was released soon after, which was followed by the band's signing to the Go! Discs label where The Franks partnered with producer Edwyn Collins to record the Happy Busman EP. They found success in the UK, and following a tour in support of Carter USM, an Ian Broudie remix of the LP song "After All" reached the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 11, and it also peaked at No. 5 in the Irish chart.[5][7][8] The group appeared on BBC Television's Top of the Pops in support of the single.

After a long sabbatical which the band attributed to a "fear of music",[2] the group returned with Grand Parade (with contributions from Gus Dudgeon) on 23 June 1997, and the Indian Ocean EP later in the year. This was followed with Beauty Becomes More Than Life in 1998 and Glass in 2000. Setanta released a well received Best Of in 2002.[9] In 2004, Niall Linehan left and was replaced by a friend of the band, Kevin Pedreschi. The band signed a new deal with FIFA Records, and released a retrospective triple album, Souvenirs, in October 2005. A further album, A Renewed Interest in Happiness, was released on 27 October 2006. The band released a comeback single in 2010 entitled "The Parson", as part of their "Seasonal Single Releases" project, which saw the band release a single per season. "The Parson" launched as the spring season single, with "Let It Out" following in the summer, "The Clock" in the autumn, and a Christmas-themed "Song for a Future Love" in December.

Together with The Sultans of Ping FC and Power of Dreams, The Franks (as they are sometimes known by fans) played a number of co-headlining shows as part of the "Reverberation Tour" in December 2010.[10][11] They also toured several festivals in 2011, including Vantastival and Indiependence.[12][13]

The band returned to the studio in August 2011 to work on a new album - released in March 2012.[14] The first single from this album, entitled "Indie Lovesong", was released on Valentine's Day 14 February 2012 and was supported by a UK tour.[15][16][17] Their sixth studio album was named Greenwich Mean Time and released on 9 March 2012. The album was well received[18] and supported by tours in Europe, USA and Japan.[19]

In September 2012 The Frank and Walters undertook on a 20th anniversary celebration tour marking their debut album Trains, Boats and Planes,[20] and in May 2015 released a single titled "Look at Us Now".[21]

The band embarked on a celebratory tour during October 2017, to mark 20 years since the release of their second album Grand Parade.[citation needed]

In March 2018, approximately 25 years after its original release, a cover of the Frank and Walter's single "After All" featured in the TV series The Young Offenders,[22] and subsequently charted at No. 2 in the iTunes downloads chart for Ireland.[23][24]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

  • Trains, Boats and Planes (October 1992, UK No. 36)[25]
  • Grand Parade (June 1997)
  • Beauty Becomes More Than Life (1999)
  • Glass (October 2000)
  • Souvenirs (October 2005)
  • A Renewed Interest in Happiness (October 2006)
  • Greenwich Mean Time (March 2012)
  • Songs for the Walking Wounded (April 2016)

Compilation albums

  • Best Of (August 2002)
  • Souvenirs (October 2005)

Singles

  • "Happy Busman" (March 1992, UK No. 49)[25]
  • "This Is Not a Song" (September 1992, UK No. 46)[25]
  • "After All" (December 1992, IRE No. 5, UK No. 11)[25]
  • "Fashion Crisis Hits New York" (April 1993, IRE No. 28, UK No. 42)[25]
  • "Indian Ocean" (June 1996, UK No. 83)[7]
  • "Colours" (August 1996)
  • "How Can I Exist" (1997)
  • "Plenty Times" (October 1999)
  • "Something Happened to Me" (February 2000, UK No. 91)[7]
  • "Underground" (January 2001)
  • "You Asked Me" (September 2005)
  • "Miles and Miles" (September 2006, IRE No. 20)[26]
  • "Fight" (April 2007)
  • "City Lights" (October 2007)
  • "The Parson" (April 2010)
  • "Let It Out" (July 2010)
  • "The Clock" (October 2010)
  • "Song for a Future Love" (December 2010)
  • "Indie Lovesong" (February 2012)[17]
  • "Loneliness and Sweet Romance" (May 2012)
  • "Look at Us Now" (May 2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discogs.com - Frank And Walters". Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Interview with the band in 1996". Redpenguin.net. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Irishmusicdb.com - The Frank & Walters Band Profiles". Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa - Graduates - Cian Corbett". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Frankandwalters.net - Biography". Archived from the original on 8 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Trains, Boats And Planes was a ... hit, with singles like 'Fashion Crisis Hits New York' ... (in) the top ten". Hot Press. 26 May 1999. Archived from the original on 8 April 2009.
  7. ^ a b c "Official Charts Company - Artist Search - Frank & Walters". OfficialCharts.com. Official UK Charts Company Limited. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Irish Charts - Placement Search - After All". IrishCharts.ie. Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  9. ^ Hennessy, Caroline (21 August 2002). "The Frank and Walters - Best Of..." RTÉ. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Irish bands reunite for The Reverberation Tour". MEG.ie. 17 September 2010.
  11. ^ "The Reverberation Tour Live at The Academy". InDublin.ie. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Vantastival Lineup". April 2011. Archived from the original on 1 March 2011.
  13. ^ "The Indiependence Festival: Day By Day". Archived from the original on 3 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Frankandwalters blog - 5 August 2011". 5 August 2011.
  15. ^ "Indie Love Song Teaser with Fan Tweets". 22 January 2012.
  16. ^ "Frank and Walters Live Shows". Archived from the original on 15 January 2012.
  17. ^ a b "The Frank And Walters & Guests The Minutes And Rubyhorse". Guinness Jazz Festival. 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Music Review - The Frank and Walters - Greenwich Mean Time". entertainment.ie. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  19. ^ "Frank and Walters Live Shows". frankandwalters. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  20. ^ "Frank and Walters announce 20th Anniversary Tour of "Trains Boats and Planes"". frankandwalters. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  21. ^ "Frank & Walters Facebook Page". frankandwalters. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  22. ^ "Was Young Offenders' Billy Murphy singing Cork anthem on a bus the greatest TV moment ever?". Extra.ie. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  23. ^ "iTunes Charts - Ireland - Singles - March 2018". Apple.com. Archived from the original on 18 March 2018.
  24. ^ "The Young Offenders gives 25-year-old song a huge boost - but band don't expect a windfall". TheJournal.ie. 19 March 2018.
  25. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 212. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  26. ^ "Irish Charts - Placement Search - Miles & Miles". IrishCharts.ie. Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 19 March 2018.

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