Published Nov 11, 2014Hollywood actor James Franco has a penchant for weird art projects, and this includes Daddy, his band with Tim O'Keefe. The pair have just announced a new cross-medium album called Let Me Get What I Want. The album, which is due out in 2015, is inspired by the Smiths, based on poetry and features Smiths bassist Andy Rourke on every track. Let us explain.
The project is based on Franco's poetry book Directing Herbert White: Poems, which included a sequence called "The Best of the Smiths: Side A and Side B." That featured 10 poems inspired by Smiths songs, and those 10 poems have now been turned into the song on Let Me Get What I Want.
This means Daddy have a track called "This Charming Man," although it's different from the Smiths' song that inspired it. Confused yet? Watch the video for Daddy's version of "This Charming Man" below [via Vice]. It's rather Smiths-y, but nothing is directly lifted from the original source material.
In addition to the music, the project has also spawned a series of ten video clips, which can be combined to make up an hour-long film. The scripts were written by high school students using Franco's poems as inspiration; they feature characters based on people the actor knew in high school back in the '90s. Each video additionally features a painting by Franco, all of them inspired by his 1993 high school yearbook.
Expect Let Me Get What I Want to arrive next year.