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article imageJames Franco + Tim O'Keefe get what they want with Daddy project

By Earl Dittman     Nov 11, 2014 in Entertainment
The art band duo Daddy — actor, director, writer, artist James Franco and musician, producer, artist Tim O'Keefe — have released "This Charming Man," the first track from their upcoming album and full-length video/film "Let Me Get What I Want."
James Franco and Tim O'Keefe announced today that their art band duo Daddy will release it's next project Let Me Get What I Want in 2015, and it will consist of a full length album and feature an accompanying full length video/film. The first track "This Charming Man" just premiered on VICE. Franco and O'Keefe met and began collaborating while attending Rhode Island School of Design's Digital+Media MFA program.
James Franco recently published a book of poetry called Directing Herbert White: Poems. Two sections in that book are called "Poems Inspired by Smiths' Songs," which were reactions to a bunch of Smiths' songs; each poem sharing the title of the song that inspired it. James and Tim were looking for a jump off for their next project and while discussing the poems and their love of the Smiths decided to use these poems and began to create new songs around them. Soon it was clear, this would be the album and they decided the original songs titles would share the titles of James' poems that had inspired them. The guys even got Andy Rourke (original bassist for The Smiths) to play on every track.
Franco and O Keefe in the studio recording  Let Me Get What I Want
Franco and O'Keefe in the studio recording "Let Me Get What I Want"
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There are videos for each song on the album and they can be played in order as an hour-long film or watched separately. The 10 videos all relate to each other to tell a cohesive story, and form a full-length film. When playing all 10 videos (watching it like a full-length film) there is no "beginning" or "end" point, it works like a loop. (i.e. the "last" video, or video 10, connects to the first video, video 1, seamlessly). A painting (by James) for each title appears before each song begins. There are three main characters in the film: Tom, Erica, and Sterling. The film explores their relationships to one another. This video focuses on Tom.
James Franco
James Franco
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The footage was shot by students of James’ mother at the high school that James attended in Palo Alto and the same one that inspired the poems in the first place. Students were given the poems (before they were songs) and asked to shoot based on the poems (which eventually became the lyrics). James and Tim then took the footage and re-cut the images to the songs. Daddy recently (and secretly) screened the new Daddy music film as part of a recent Franco art show presented at Palo Alto High School, and sponsored by Pace Gallery.
James used a piece of one of the songs from the album ("This Charming Man") in an online Gucci ad recently.
Daddy released a couple of EPs in 2012 and 2013 on Tim's label (Cozy Music) — Motor City EP and Love In The Old Days PVD Remixes — and got a lot of "wow, I didn't expect to like this, but I do" type of press.
Daddy on the Internet:
https://www.facebook.com/wearedaddy
https://www.youtube.com/user/WeAreDaddy
https://soundcloud.com/wearedaddy
https://twitter.com/wearedaddy
The eye of Tim O Keefe
The eye of Tim O'Keefe
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