James Franco to release Smiths-inspired album

Hollywood actor James Franco and his band have penned a record deal and will release an album and film inspired by iconic indie outfit The Smiths.

Daddy, a musical partnership between Franco and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Keefe, have already released a song inspired by This Charming Man (see video below).

And now, debut album Let Me Get What I Want – titled in reference to The Smiths’ 1984 song Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want – will be released next year via Kobalt.

The Smiths’ own bassist, Andy Rourke, will also feature on every track on the album.

The inspiration for the project came from Franco’s book, Directing Herbert White: Poems, which include two sections titled Poems Inspired by Smiths’ Songs.

The poems are said to be loosely based on people he met at Palo Alto High School – and the actor now intends to use these poems as the basis for original music.

“We are really excited to partner with Kobalt on our upcoming Daddy album and film,” 37-year-old Franco said of the news.

“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.”

Franco, who played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and is also known for his roles in Milk, Spring Breakers and 127 Hours, previously spoke of his admiration of Morrissey and co, saying: “The Smiths’ songs provided inspiration for the poems, lending tone and situation.”

“I originally wrote this sequence as a way to use one medium (music) to influence another one (poetry)… [But] once I had the sequence, Tim and I took the material one step further and turned the poems inspired by songs back into songs of their own.”

Every song on the new album will be accompanied by a music video, and the 10 clips will together form an hour-long art film.

According to Penguin Random House’s website, the ever busy Franco has also penned a book about his friend, the American pop singer Lana Del Rey, which will be published in March.