James Franco and Tim O’Keefe are the duo Daddy who encompass music, film and installation art into a multimedia experience. Their latest work is a full-length album and full-length film entitled Let Me Get What I Want, which comes out in Spring 2016 via We Are Daddy/Kobalt. Today, they shared the upbeat album track “You Are Mine”, featuring The Smiths’ Andy Rourke on bass guitar.
“Let Me Get What I Want is a concept album & film that tracks three characters as they weave through the dark ways of high school: love, death, and dreams.”
James Franco said about “You Are Mine”: “High school is a time of longing for the unattainable. We dream big, but we’re still too young to make anything significant happen. At least I was too immature and sensitive to be the person I wanted to be. “You are mine” is about one teenager dreaming about another, even though they’ll never be together,” and Tim O’Keefe added “Transforming James’ poems to songs took on it’s own creative process which was a new direction for me. Because the words weren’t written by me, I had to take on the character of the individual whose perspective I was singing from. You Are Mine like many of the songs on Let Me Get What I Want expresses experiences that were relatable to my own high school experience, and therefore I had a lot of my own emotions to pull from.”
James recently published a book of poetry called Directing Herbert White: Poems. Two sections in that book are called “Poems Inspired by Smiths’ Songs” and are a series of poems loosely based on people James knew at Palo Alto High School; each poem sharing the title of The Smiths’ song that inspired it. James and Tim discussed the poems and their love of the Smiths. They soon decided to use these poems to create the new songs for their album.
The accompanying film can be viewed as an hour-long film, or as individual music videos for all of the album’s songs. The film has no “beginning” or “end” point, it works like a loop (i.e. the “last” video, or video 10, connects to the first video, video 1, seamlessly). The film stars Palo Alto High School students, and edited in a Lynchian style reminiscent of Twin Peaks.
The Let Me Get What I Want album and film will exist as installation exhibitions in 2016.