OK, this is driving me crazy. Does anyone know what band/artist is performing the cover of The Monochrome Set’s "He’s Frank" in the club scene of tonight’s episode of Heroes? ("Four Months Ago") I have Googled, gone on message boards, etc, all to no avail.
I love the Monochrome Set and "He’s Frank" is one of their best-known songs. The only band I’ve ever heard cover it is The Sneetches, which they actually released as a single back in 1989 or so. This version sounded more like Iggy Pop or Alabama Three or Leonard Cohen. But I’m stumped. This is what the Internet is for, right? Surely someone knows.
In the meantime, here’s both the original and the Sneetches’ cover:
UPDATE: Unlikely as this sounds, I remembered this morning that an old friend of mine, Errol, is actually producing the Heroes soundtrack. So I emailed him with my query and I got this response: "Ah – thats off the forthcoming soundtrack and is not available anywhere yet… ; )." Gee, thanks, Mr. Evasive. I then prodded him further and he told me but asked that I not reveal it. It was recorded exclusively for the soundtrack… which doesn’t have a release date yet but will be "early 2008."
And if you aren’t familiar with The Monochrome Set, they were certainly one of the odder bands from the post-punk era — dandys with razor-sharp, funny lyrics, and cabaret stylings but yet they kind of rocked in their own way. Also makers of great instrumentals. You can’t miss with this Greatest Hits collection. I’m going to have to do a proper post on these guys sometime soon….