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The Frank and Walters are a pop/rock band from Cork, Ireland.

Founded in 1990 the group (named in honour of two eccentric Cork characters) are Paul Linehan (vocalist/bassist), his brother Niall Linehan (guitar) (replaced by Kevin Pedreschi in 2004) and Ashley Keating (drums).

Signing to the Setanta label in 1991, the group debuted with album EP1, and the lead track “Fashion Crisis Hits New York” became an indie hit. The follow-up album EP.2 was quickly forthcoming.

Shortly after signing to the Go! Discs label, The Franks partnered with producer Edwyn Collins to record the Happy Busman EP. Success in the UK was not far away, and following a tour in support of Carter USM, an Ian Broudie remix of the LP track After All reached the top twenty in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 11.

After a long sabbatical, the group returned with Grand Parade (with contributions from Gus Dudgeon), and the Indian Ocean EP in 1997. This was followed with Beauty Becomes More Than Life in 1998 and Glass in 2000. Setanta released a well received “Best of” in 2002.

In 2004 Niall Linehan left the band and was replaced by a friend of the band, Kevin Pedreschi. The band signed a new deal with FIFA Records in Ireland, and released a B-sides triple album, Souvenirs, in October 2005.

The band released a new album, Renewed Interest In Happiness, on October 27th 2006 possibly their most complete work to date.


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  • radiofc

    Fantastic performance at Sea Sessions (

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • worst_astronaut

    good guys

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • snowy657

    Love the new album

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • SilentPoet82

    New Artists for the Irish Rock League! New season about to start!

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sabesybaby

    ...he said thats what you had to do to be cool you eat your cutlery instead of your food what a hippy diddly crazy world

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • christiemalry

    Oh, Michael, don't you know, you were meant to ride your bicycle? That car of yours did not suit the colour of your eyes, my friend.

    3 Jul 2010 Reply
  • SilentPoet82

    Final part of the 2nd season with the newcomer voting in the Irish Rock League. It's only your votes that decide!

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • danilofloydiano

    demais demais demais ! =]

    20 Oct 2009 Reply
  • bigmanG

    Love them. I saw them in '91 at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. The support band? Radiohead! Needless to say, the last song, Tone Loc's Funky Cold Medina, sung in orange dungarees, straw hats and massive gold chains was the highlight!

    5 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Skuse83

    C ' mon City , C ' mon City

    22 Apr 2009 Reply
  • pchampag

    whenever you feeling bad just listen to Happy Busman......

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • charlymuc

    aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh....................i found them

    1 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Vadana

    I've loved them since the early 90s when I lived in England. Still love their songs as I did the first time I heard them.

    14 Nov 2008 Reply
  • RAPsice1

    been into the Franks for about a decade, much much love

    15 May 2008 Reply
  • happiecatgirl

    Who's that langer in the Frank's t shirt? Legend

    29 Jan 2008 Reply
  • danzero

    it is a matter of time they come and inform this tag is wrong, according to - since I got few listenings, I had already changed my tags... But until lastfm itself do not merge with musicbrainz, it's most likely we'll have two frank and/& walters. By the way... they're great!! I'm a newcomer and getting addicted!!

    26 Jun 2007 Reply
  • joeykudo

    any way of merging the frank & walters and the frank and walters? a bit pointless to have the 2...

    11 Jun 2007 Reply

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