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Actor James Franco teams up with bassist Andy Rourke to record album inspired by The Smiths
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Actor James Franco teams up with bassist Andy Rourke to record album inspired by The Smiths

Hollywood star James Franco has announced that he will be recording an album inspired by legendary UK indie types The Smiths. 

Franco, along his previous Rhode Island School of Design classmate Tim O'Keefe, will record the album under the name Daddy. 

The album, which is to be titled Let Me Get What I Want, will see Franco's Smiths-inspired selection of poetry, The Best of the Smiths: Side A and Side B, be turned into music. 

Bizarrely, Andy Rourke, bassist with The Smiths, has agreed to play on Franco's new project, which will also see each song have an accompanying video featuring original artwork created by Franco during his time at art school.

Speaking about the project, Franco told Vice: "I originally wrote this sequence as a way to use one medium [music] to influence another one [poetry]. The Smiths' songs provided inspiration for the poems, lending tone and situation. Once I had the sequence, Tim and I took the material one step further and turned the poems inspired by songs, back into songs of their own."

You can watch Franco's band's interpretation of The Smiths classic 'This Charming Man' below: 


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