Perhaps mistaking The Frank and Walters for a one album novelty act, the world paid only a little attention to Grand Parade on its release in 1996. Three years on from the more playful Trains, Boats and Planes, the Franks hadn’t exactly gone serious and mature, but from the cover image, of a Park in Finland, May 1968, people armed with coats and umbrellas against a snowstorm, to songs like “Russian Ship” and “Little Dolls”, there’s a less frivolous side on display.
Not that the band had left behind, or forgotten, their fine art of creating catchy hooks and big choruses. Far from it, in fact. Grand Parade opens with two glorious, huge, anthems in the form of “Colours” and “Indian Ocean”. If you only buy one Frank and Walters album, make it Grand Parade.