March 1, 2009
Frankmusik: Is Vincent Frank honest, crazy or just a big peen?
photo via Frank's myspace and "louiswanks"
Vincent Frank - aka Frankmusik - just gave to the Times Online one of the most insane interviews I've ever read. I mean, this is a psychiatric cabaret worthy of no less than the esteemed Courtney Love.
Read it now.
Among the highlights he spews: That his girlfriend Olivia had a miscarriage and "it tore a massive piece out of us.” How poetic. I'm sure she is thrilled to have that detail splashed in the papers. Then there are the multiple suicide attempts (one recent) and, less shockingly, de rigueur sexual liaisons, the latter of which he claims are "good for the music." Then there is the fact that he is leaving half his earnings to a musician he admires in the US. Huh? Don't get me started on the sleeping with a male popstar bit (he conveniently says they didn't have sex).
There are two ways to read this:
1) He is having a go at the writer, mocking the concept of modern press, in which one sells one's darkest secrets for attention. The problem with this one is that he also mocks the people who read it and believe it. It's insulting.
2) He is telling the truth, which would not jibe with earlier interviews in which he seems entirely together and focused. The problem with this theory is that he seems worryingly unequipped for fame. I have no doubt he's probably an ADD mini-genius - you can almost hear that in his herky jerky musical style - but if these personal stories are true, why share them with a major newspaper?
I'd hope that in Vincent Frank we've found a worthy, talented new link in pop music, which so few male artists have the balls to create. We all do crazy-ass shit at times, we all have dramas either foisted upon us or self created, but I prefer pop stars who keep it together and build their success on their music. You can be frank (haw haw) and still keep your dirt private. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the songs, so I am going to pretend this interview did not happen (I tried this with the Bush administration and it didn't work). I'll just stick my fingers in my ears and go la-la-la when I'm not listening to the masterpieces that are Run Away From Trouble and Vacant Heart.
FrankMusik Better Off As Two:
Better Off As Two is out in May. The album is delayed again, this time until July.
Watch this video and you'll see someone really likable...