Actor-slash-everything-under-the-sun James Franco is at it once again. This time, it's him and Motown legend Smokey Robinson who've committed the "Crime."
Franco - who's just too
unfocused artistic to allow himself to become pigeon-holed into one career path, k? - has given the music-loving community another of his precious gems by releasing this new song video, which is but part and parcel of Franco's bigger game: an EP called "MotorCity" from his new band Daddy (with artist Tim O'Keefe), released to iTunes on Tuesday.
Like his last foray into the R&B universe, the video for this one is far too trippy to make sense of, so we won't bother trying to do so here. That's probably the blimey point anyway, right?
In Franco's words to Spin Magazine, this all came about because of one kismet-riddled plane ride.
"I had been listening to Motown everyday, talking to Tim O'Keefe about our project. He recommended a documentary about the history of Motown. So I watched the doc in the car on the way to the airport in RI one night, most of the doc was about Smokey," he explained. "[Then] on the plane to L.A. I slept the whole way and when we landed I woke up with a smiling face standing over me. He said, 'Hey, I'm a big fan.' I just stared. 'It's Smokey,' he said. If Smokey Robinson was a fan of mine I wasn't going to let him get away. Six months later after Tim and I had written the songs I called Smokey from Detroit and asked him to sing on one of the songs and he said sure."
Per the Los Angeles Times, Franco's Daddy recorded "MotorCity" during his time in Detroit, Michigan filming "Oz: The Great and Powerful", and the intention of the band is "to push beyond the sonic space of music into the surrounding ecology" and explore "the territories of film/video, installation, and performance while simultaneously exploring the connections that form between them."
If that sounds like a bunch of malarkey to you, don't worry. American Songwriter gives the EP just one out of five stars.
Another day, another Franco-ism. It is what it is. No need to ask questions.