Francis Macdonald
& Harry Pye

Francis Macdonald & Harry Pye

Photo by Gordon Beswick

“Sympathy for Jean-Luc Godard” Video

Filmaker Gordon Beswick has created the video for “Sympathy for Jean-Luc Godard”, featuring the art and music of Francis Macdonald and Harry Pye. In February 2014 the drawings and video were exhbited as part of the “This Is Our Art, This Is Our Music” exhibition at The David Risley Gallery in Copenhagen.

“Sympathy for Jean-Luc Godard” Artwork

Gordon Beswick photographed the postcard art of Francis and Harry that accompanies the song and video for “Sympathy for Jean-Luc Godard” (Click pic for the full sized image)

Sympathy for Jean-Luc Godard postcards by Francis Macdonald and Harry Pye

“Cork In The Ocean”

Francis Macdonald and Harry Pye’s “Cork In The Ocean” had its broadcast debut on the Hello Goodbye Show on Resonance FM (25/01/14). You can listen again on the Resonance FM archive at podcasts.resonancefm.com/archives/11772. Obviously listen to the whole excellent show, but if you are in a hurry skip forward to 54 minutes in to hear the track.

Francis Macdonald and Harry Pye take part in show at David Risley Gallery in Denmark

At 5pm on Friday 21st February 2014 there's a new show opening at David Risley's gallery in Copenhagen: It features: Art by Musicians such as Alan Vega (Suicide), Daniel Johnston, Jad Fair (Half Japanese), Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), Bjorn Copeland (Black Dice), Tori Kudo (Maher Shalal Hash Baz), Are Mokkelbost (Killl), T.S Hoegh, Harry Pye and Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub), Knud Odde (Sort Sol), Jeffrey Lewis, Geraldine Swayne (Faust), Jimmy Cauty (The KLF), Franz Beckerlee (Gasolin), Troels Trier, Mick Barr (Octis, Ocrilim etc), Tommy Grace (Django Django), Zven Balslev, Ross Sinclair (Soup Dragons), Kasper Eistrup (Kashmir).

And it features Music by Artists : Gutter Records - a record store in the gallery selling records of music by artists. (Robert Crumb, Raymond Pettibon, Mike Kelley, Martin Creed, Joseph Beuys, Big Bottom, Billy Childish, Soup Dragons, Lucky Dragons, Charlie Woolley, The Cortinas, Basquiat, Red Krayola w/ Art & Language).

The show will be open and dynamic with events, live music, record nights, talks, films, etc. The artwork will be by people who started as, or are primarily known as musicians. The music will be by those primarily known as or who were originally artists. The title of the show is “This is our Music // This is our Art”.

Francis Macdonald and Harry Pye will be represented by drawings and a video for their track "Sympathy For Jean Luc Godard"

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About Francis Macdonald & Harry Pye

Francis McdonaldFrancis Macdonald drums with Teenage Fanclub and manages Camera Obscura and The Vaselines. Francis also writes songs and makes music for TV/filmmakers.

Fact File

Full name: Francis Hugh Macdonald
Birthplace: Glasgow
Star sign: Virgo
Height: Nearly 6 foot
Hair colour: Salt and pepper!
Eye colour: Blue
Hobbies: Cooking
Fave bands: The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Million Dollar Quartet.
Fave Food: Indian, Italian, Mexican
Fave drink: Soya latte, soda water and lime.
Fave TV show: Breaking Bad, Limmy's Show, Toast Of London.
Superstitions: Always look a gift horse in the mouth. Just kidding.
Likes: Films by Thomas McCarthy, music by Philip Glass, stupid jokes by pals.
Dislikes: Inconsiderateness

For more info visit:
francismacdonald.com
twitter.com/FranMacdonald

Harry PyeHarry Pye is the editor of The Rebel Magazine and the manager of The Values, and Piper's Son. He has curated more than a dozen art exhibitions. Harry has had two solo shows in London. His paintings have also been exhibited in Estonia, Denmark and Brazil.

Fact File

Full name: Harry William Pye
Birthplace: London
Star sign: Virgo
Height: Exactly 6 foot
Hair colour: What little I have left is still mostly a dark brown colour
Eye colour: My eyes are oh so blue
Hobbies: I like swimming and I like to watch old films
Fave bands: The Beatles, The Velvets, The Kinks, The Attractions, The Blockheads, The Specials.
Fave Food: Vegetarian Biriyani, Vegetarian Lasange, bananas, choc-ice, chips.
Fave drink: Tea, Strawberry Milkshake, Beer, Whisky and Coke.
Fave TV show: Repeats of Reggie Perrin, Minder, The Singing Detective, Pete & Dud.
Superstitions: I don't like treading on cracks in the pavement.
Likes: Friendly cats, sunshine, kissing, being asleep, getting drunk with my excellent friends.
Dislikes: Cockroaches, Michael Gove, Iain Duncan Smith, midges, mosquitoes, tax forms, rejection, failure.

For more info visit:
www.harrypye.com
twitter.com/mrharrypye

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Articles

From the February 2014 issue of Art & Music (print copies available from The Saatchi Gallery, London).

I first made e-mail contact with Francis Macdonald (of Teenage Fanclub) in 2013. I was organizing a group exhibition that celebrated the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley walking into Sun Studios and making his first record. The show went well, I managed to get 30 artists to make an Elvis painting and 30 musicians or music journalists to write a tribute. A short time later I got in contact with Francis again to see if he’d be up for giving some feedback on my early attempts at writing lyrics. Somewhere along the line we decided to have-a-go at writing a song together and within a couple of months we had 10 or more demos that we both liked. It crossed my mind that the reason I had so many ideas for lyrics was that I’d just turned forty. It kind of made sense that such a milestone had made me more reflective.

Twenty years ago when I was twenty years old, I was a student. One of the best things about doing my art degree was getting to spend time with visiting lecturers such as the sculptor Bruce McLean. I'm a big fan of Bruce – I liked the idea of his pose band Nice Style who went on stage and posed in their fine clothes but never actually sang. On one occasion Nice Style were the support act for The Kinks – a double bill I would love to have seen. At 20 I didn’t really know anything about anything. Bruce seemed like a fountain of knowledge and always up for a chat. I remember when I asked him why he made sculpture he fired back straight away that all artists were misfits and that art enabled them to find out what was going on in their heads. Whilst writing lyrics over the last few weeks I feel I’ve got a lot of stuff out of myself that wouldn’t have come out by painting or drawing. I’ve found the whole experience of trying to be a lyricist and collaborating with Francis very enlightening and also highly enjoyable. Maybe my lyrics are more art than my art? Lots of people are good at more than one thing but usually I think we’re all ultimately one thing more than another. The only person around I can think of who I can’t say if he’s more one thing than another is Billy Childish. Like William Blake it appears that Billy’s writing and his painting are of equal importance to him (and everyone else).

When David Risley told me he was putting a new show together in his gallery in Denmark that featured Musicians who make Art and Artists who make Music I was keen to be included. Martin Creed, Alan Vega (Suicide), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), and Daniel Johnston are just some of the names involved and there were many more that the talented Mr Risley has his eyes on. His plan is make a show "that will be open and dynamic with events, live music, record nights, talks, and films. I have asked a record shop to make a selection of records that fit the theme and make a record shop in the gallery.”

One of the many songs Francis and I had been working on is called Sympathy For Jean Luc Godard. I thought it would be nice if this track made its debut in Denmark. The plan is for both me and Francis to draw scenes from Godard’s films on postcards we could not only film the postcards and make a little video but also exhibit all the postcards. John Lennon once said he saw his songs as being like postcards to the world. I like this idea that anyone can write a song with a simple message or draw a cartoon and share it with whoever wants to look or listen. In nursery school everyone draws and sings together but as children turn into adults more and more of them stop singing and drawing. Maybe some of the art and music crossovers featured at David's gallery will make some question why it was that they stopped singing or drawing, and make them start again?
Harry Pye

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Lyrics

Sympathy For Jean Luc Godard

Sympathy For Jean Luc Godard

Have you ever seen a movie by Jean Luc Godard?
I could lend you my copy of "Bande a Part"
filmed somewhere in Paris sometime in ’64
with Anna Karina, Sam Frey and monsieur Claude Brasseur

Je t’aime Godard - yeah yeah (x2)

The film starts with them laughing, dancing and having fun
but when they turn to crime it all goes horribly wrong
Godard liked to mix up fantasy with what is real
so some of his films have a documentary feel

Je t’aime Godard - yeah yeah (x2)

If you’d rather something more strange and beautiful
you might want to feast your eyes on good old "Alphaville"
the critics raved about it at all the festivals
and said he was the New Wave's enfant terrible

Je t’aime Godard - yeah yeah (x2)

Je n’aime pas Guy Ritchie - his work means nothing to me
Je n’aime pas David Croneberg - Videodrome just got on my nerves
Je n’aime pas Oliver Stone - his films just leave me cold

Je t’aime Godard - yeah yeah (x2)

"Weekend" starts off with drivers stuck in bad traffic
it’s a satire on the bourgeois and what makes them tick
the film is outrageous, ambitious and deep
clever people like me say it’s his masterpiece

Paris Postcard

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Contact

You are welcome to email mrharrypye@yahoo.com

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