Joe Frank

Started by Ghostboy, October 27, 2003, 01:10:12 AM

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This isn't about music, but since you can get it on CD, I decided to post ot here. Anyway, there was a segment about this guy on Fresh Air the other day; they played some of his radio shows, and I was just blown away. You can download some of his stuff at  ...the kind of dark/funny/sad stuff that David Lynch fans should enjoy.


Crossing my fingers for this...


Quote from: Wikipedia
Joe Frank (born August 19, 1938) is an American radio artist known best for his often philosophical, humorous, surrealist, and sometimes absurd monologues and radio dramas.

Frank's radio programs are often dark and ironic and employ a dry sense of humor and the sincere delivery of ideas or stories that are patently absurd. Subject matter often includes religion, life's meaning, death, and Frank's relationships with women.

Adding to the atmosphere of Frank's monologues are edited loops of instrumental music from sources as diverse as Miles Davis, Steve Reich, Tangerine Dream, Can, Air, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The repetitive cadence of the music and Frank's dry, announcer-like delivery are sometimes mixed with recorded phone calls with actor/friends such as Larry Block, Debi Mae West and Arthur Miller (not the playwright), broken into segments over the course of each hour-long program.

Quote from: Ralph RugoffJoe Frank, radio and performing artist, has been compared by the reviewing press to Orson Welles, Frederico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, and Raymond Chandler...

-The Dark Progress of Joe Frank by Ralph Rugoff

-Joe Frank's programs on KCRW (free to download)

-All of Joe Frank's past work is available streaming on (subscription)

Joe Frank's 4-part radio play "Rent-A-Family" (1987) from Work in Progress is one of the most incredible things I've ever heard. Think the bold ingenuity and relentless pathos of Horace and Pete in audio form. I wish I could find an audio clip.

QuoteThis Peabody Award-winning series tells the story of Eleanor, a lonely divorced woman, who joins an agency that rents her and her children to bachelors. The children disappear and Eleanor repeatedly calls her ex-husband, Arthur, begging him to return to her. Remarried, he rejects her entreaties and denies they ever had children. The story is interspersed with mock-serious panel discussions concerning the viability and morality of renting women and their children to bachelors.



Just rewatched The Game and noticed Joe Frank plays the psychologist who examines Michael Douglas upon his first visit to CRS.

Also spotted Linda Manz in there as Deborah Kara Unger's roommate, which I never caught before. She's visible sitting in the cafeteria at the end when the gun-toting Douglas breaks into CRS and finds the break room full of actors.