Here is the premiere of “This Charming Man,” the mind-bending new music video by James Franco and Tim O’Keefe’s conceptual art school band, Daddy. The song is just a teaser for their upcoming full-length album, Let me Get What I Want, which is set to be released in 2015. The new album, their third release since Franco and O’Keefe and started making music together as MFA students at the Rhode Island School of Design, is based off of Franco’s book of verses, Directing Herbert White: Poems.
We took a ten-poem sequence called “The Best of the Smiths: Side A and Side B.” 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.
In a strange, bizarre twist, Franco got Smiths bassist Andy Rourke to play on all 10 recordings. Also, each video begins with a painting by Franco. Watch the first clip, “This Charming Man,” below.