Moz The Great & Powerful: James Franco’s Smiths-inspired band gets record deal


James Franco’s Smiths-inspired band Daddy has signed a record deal and expects to release its debut LP, Let Me Get What I Want, sometime next year.

The NME reports the band, which features original music with Franco’s Morrissey-inspired poems as lyrics, has inked a deal with Kobalt Music Group. The 10-track LP will be accompanied by a video for each song, and linked together the 10 clips will form an hour-long art film.

Daddy features the actor as frontman and songwriter, and collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Keefe. Giving the project a bit of authenticity, the Smiths bassist Andy Rourke will play on every track of the upcoming album.


“We are really excited to partner with Kobalt on our upcoming Daddy album and film,” Franco and O’Keefe say in a press release, via Billboard. “Kobalt has the right forward-thinking approach to work with a project as unique as ours, where we see our work not only existing within the music realm, but extending into the film, art space and beyond on an independent basis.”

Kobalt recently signed Deadmau5 and his Mau5trap label, and the company is billed as the “largest independent music publisher in the world, with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Trent Reznor, Thom Yorke, Skrillex, Max Martin and Beck among its clients,” according to Billboard. “The company’s three divisions — Music Publishing, Label Services and Neighboring Rights — collectively represent 8,000 artists and songwriters, 600,000 songs and 500 publishing companies.”

Daddy’s album title, Let Me Get What I Want, is a reference to the 1984 Smiths song “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want.” Last year, Daddy released “This Charming Man,” and you can listen to that below.

Featured photo via James Franco on Instagram