My band Fruity Frank and the Frisky Freaks (based on a computer game I wrote in the 1980s with my brother providing graphics like shown above!) has recorded a cover version of Bob Dylan’s song “Death Is Not The End”, also performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds featuring Kylie Minogue, or alternatively by other artists including the Waterboys (although our version was closer to Nick and Kylie’s).
It was dedicated to Ruth Wallis, my grandmother, who died today (about 12 noon, 3 June 2013), an atheist and committed revolutionary who did not live long enough to see a socialist revolution. Even if she is not in heaven, she leaves behind a sort of spirit in those she has affected over her lifetime. I sent her a CD including this song which she really appreciated – the inspiration she has given me, as well as good advice, over the years (mainly by telephone in more recent times), is part of her legacy which lives on now she has gone.
You may also like to listen to “Donovan’s Doorway”, dedicated to Gayle O’Donovan, a leading member of the Green Party in Manchester, and member of Green Left (a left-wing faction within the Greens) until she moved to Norwich where she died in tragic circumstances in January 2012.
Listen to them at https://soundcloud.com/fruity-frank.
[These songs were very emotional for me and I did not have my best singing voice. If you want to hear me at my best, albeit in a very dated song politically I wrote and performed in 2004, go to https://soundcloud.com/galaxia/things-can-only-get-bitter.]