Frank Sidebottom: Friday Links

Bobbins. Frank Sidebottom died this week. You know he did. He really did.

I pity the fool that doesn’t know how to play Kashmir on ukulele. Or what power chords are.

Very interesting interview with a ukulele collector on Collectors Weekly.

Frank Skinner does a Formby-esque tribute to the vuvuzela.

Kina Grannis’s ukulele has been nicked.

John Hodgman ukes it up with Neil Gaiman and Damian Kulash.

Ukulele china bags.

MP3s: Mates of the State are giving away their Daniel Johnston cover (there is uke in it, just wait), No Modest Bear have a track from Lille.

Pictures: new ukulele painting from Amy Crehore, new member of the Bobby McGee’s? #011 ukelele.

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15 Comments

  1. krabbers June 25th, 2010 6:13 pm

    rest in piece Chris

  2. Woodshed June 26th, 2010 5:11 pm

    krabbers: Good to see his funeral fund filled up quick so he could do so.

  3. zym June 26th, 2010 9:08 pm

    ‘The Sidebottom’ is my favorite way to finish every song i ever play :D

    it really is

  4. zym June 26th, 2010 9:09 pm

    oh yes it is ;)

  5. Kieran June 27th, 2010 8:43 pm

    Could someone please put up some chords for a frank sidebottoom song? A nice tribute :-)

  6. Woodshed June 27th, 2010 8:57 pm

    zym: What happened to your version of Two Margarines? Or did I dream it?

  7. zym June 28th, 2010 1:12 am

    ahh, you’re mistaking Frank Sidebottom with John Shuttleworth ;)

    but for what its worth, heres my version…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPdZM7Mqm-I

    the chords are here

    http://www.ilovefizzypop.co.uk/2009/10/16/chord-friday-two-margarines-john-shuttleworth/

    i have been thinking of working out an orginal FS song, but life keeps getting in the way :(

  8. Woodshed June 28th, 2010 10:15 pm

    zym: I know that! What do you take me for? I was wondering if you had actually done the ending in one of your videos. I thought that was the most likely contender.

    Kieran: Hmm. Possibly.

  9. Kieran October 6th, 2010 1:25 am

    What ho Woodshed!

    How about a uke version of “Everybody Sings Queen”?

    ooh! Someone has already done it but I cannot quite make out all the chords for it. I reckon this could be a great song for ukulele groups all over the world!

  10. Kieran October 6th, 2010 1:25 am
  11. Woodshed October 6th, 2010 6:26 pm

    Kieran: thanks for the suggestion.

  12. Kieran October 9th, 2010 2:20 pm

    You’re welcome Woodshed; I thoroughly enjoy your site (in fact, all I know about playing the ukulele comes from uke hunt).

  13. Paul February 28th, 2013 4:29 pm

    I was searching for this Frankn Sidebttom song and came across your request. Here’s what I cam up with. Hope it helps.
    Paul Sourbutts

    I’m A Blackpool Fool…Frank Sidebottom

    It’s British C Summertime,
    And now that I’m responsible at G 35,
    I’ve set out on my own – free to roam
    A bit like Indina Jones
    C And I’m F feeling quite G7 alive.
    The F North-West coast is calling me
    (But I C can’t say what
    be Am cause this is a family LP)

    Oh! I’m on my way to F Blackpool!
    I go there every C summer as a rule.
    I lodge in G B&B…
    with evening tea
    For C free with my F Auntie G7 Edie.
    Oh, I’m on my way to F Blackpool!
    I don my coat and C shirt
    and summer shorts to keep me cool.
    Cos’ G I’m a G7 Blackpool C fool.
    Yes G I’m a G7 Blackpool C Fool!

    They’ve got a C promenade
    With interspersed life guard G swimming belts
    For the benefit of paddlers
    Who wade too deep
    Require some instant buoyancy
    While C someone gets the
    F coast guard out for G7 help
    Oh they F don’t have sharks
    They do have oysters
    But C I myself prefer Am whelks

    Chorus

  14. Woodshed March 1st, 2013 7:57 am

    Thanks very much for that, Paul.

  15. Kieran July 22nd, 2014 2:49 pm

    Only just saw this Paul, thank you very much!

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