James Franco signs record deal to release Smiths-inspired album

The Smiths' own bassist Andy Rourke will feature on the LP

Daddy, the group fronted by actor James Franco, have signed a record deal and will release an album and film inspired by The Smiths.

Franco has previously written poetry influenced by the Salford band’s songs, with the actor now intending to use these poems as the basis for original music.

The album, titled ‘Let Me Get What I Want’ in reference to The Smiths’ 1984 song ‘Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’, will be released in 2016 via Kobalt.

Daddy is a musical partnership between Franco and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Keefe. The Smiths’ own bassist Andy Rourke will also feature on every track.

“We are really excited to partner with Kobalt on our upcoming Daddy album and film,” Franco and O’Keefe said of the news.

“Kobalt has the right forward-thinking approach to work with a project as unique as ours, where we see our work not only existing within the music realm, but extending into the film, art space and beyond on an independent basis.”


Franco previously spoke of his admiration of Morrissey and co with Vice, saying: “The Smiths’ songs provided inspiration for the poems, lending tone and situation.”

“I originally wrote this sequence as a way to use one medium (music) to influence another one (poetry)… [But] 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.”

Every song on the new album will have a music video, and the 10 clips will together form an hour-long art film.

Daddy’s song inspired by ‘This Charming Man’ has already been released. Listen below.