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From 7~11 Frank - with Love <3
...So Frank grew up some time ago somewhere in England.
Long story VERY short; Frank went to school, then to work, found a wife, fathered a few kids and finally went to a rave with his oldest daughter.
That is how he found his way here .. and 7~11 Baan Tai ..
Frank as we know him best;
He was young and naive at the time and his mischievous daughter led him astray onto the of road of exclusive mind expanding rather confusing and yet quite obvious and mindful interesting slightly unavailable facts or theories, all very useful for a renewed kind of journey of his remaining life.
Flashbacks to his marriage is in his own words: "I was were I wanted to be at that time. It was 20 years of my life. That is a big chunk and I am grateful for this period my life. And very happy to be where I am today!"
The mischievous daughter is of course well off now, “ bless her heart “, he says; “She was a rebel without a cause. For Christ sake, I was walking around with a green mohican. We were quite cool parents, there was nothing to rebel against. Her mother had close cropped blond-dyed hair, short skirts, big DMs .. like you know 10 or 15 holes. Much to the embarrassment of both my children. During those years my guitar was my mistress. When things got bad this is where I went. The guitar was my escapism.
Nowadays I spend my time mostly focusing on enjoying time. I work hard half of the year and hopefully make enough so that I can stay the rest of the year on Phangan."
"When I work, I work with whatever I can!
Some seasons I was basking with my guitar and hat downunder, that is mostly very good fun. Not so long ago I was running a re-circling farm, which was quite interesting, but I have also done a lot, a lot ! - of ordinary factorywork."
You can imagine him back then with his green mohican, and after his mohican times into his less punk - more hippie period with dreadlocks, into a quite presentable looking gentleman, - and grandpa. - though still keeping the long curls. And who wouldn't ;)
Frank through times;
Frank arrived in his very best mood Thursday evening to the Phanganist office and after a few bongs we thought it would be a great idea to make his already very delayed follow-up interview for his – by now – full famous Phangan 7~11 song, "The Ballad of 7~11"
Well, the interview had to be stopped before it really began, because Frank had to relieve himself and got up and went to the left and got lost...
... Half hour later.. he sneaks back in and states; “Oh the toilet is not downstairs. Didn’t look familiar either. “
Sometime after he shares with us, that walking back up to the toilet he was thinking; "Oh fuck now I have to go pass them and actually explain what I was doing downstairs .. ha-ha .. eeh got lost for a while there. Took a left instead of the right .. “
So Frank. What did you did you do this afternoon?
“.. woke up!”
After waking up, what did you feel like doing today?
“Seriously .. you mean you want to know? .. Ehh.. can I tell you what I felt like about half hour later .. hahahha .. to be frank .. “
- And then he gets serious .. and says .. “I thought I go see some old friends and catch up and maybe get some recordings done. You know do some recording. I came over to work hard ;) !"
What did you really do today?
“I got as far as to 7~11 in Baan Tai and thought I better stop for a beer, as one does, and then I met this Italian lady, she was really hot and we decided to pop over for a small chat in Ban Sabaii and then I was so lucky that we were the only ones there so it became a really sweet experience. After much deliberation I thought it was about high times to go see my friends. That was a hard choose.. Italian lady versus friends .. I am having such a hard life!”
Why did you make the 7~11 song ?
“.. I remember now hahahhahahha it was Sharon’s idea .. Why are you asking me this ? You must have known that! You are cheating. You are trying to trick me. Ooorh I know your game young lady .. .. No we talked about it for some time before that it would be fun to make a music video. We are only playing around here and enjoying time, so when we have the equipment, why not make a funny video.
It had to be about 7~11 since this is one of my most cherished hang outs on Phangan and has even given me my Phangan name 7~11 Frank. That, and my red hat. 7~11 Frank, the dude with the red hat, mostly to find by any one of the 7~11’s on Phangan.
He continues; “Of course I did not get around to really producing before Sharon one day pick me up by 7~11 and drives me to the Phanganist office.
I was just in the right mood and the words had been simmering in the back of my head for some time, so it came quite easy to me when I finally sat down to realize it for real and put in down on paper and in right accords.
Ehhhm.. should I mention that Sharon gave me a really good pull on the bong before I wrote it?”
How did you know this song would be such a big Hit as it is?
“I didn’t ha-ha I didn’t .. I just loved singing it. It is fun. It is catchy. I was not thinking like that when I wrote it. It is never about big dollars.”
What is your next song about?
“My latest song is about the Jungle exp.
Again I was asked to write and then this one came to me. It flows out when you are having fun.”
Why are you always on Phangan?
“Interesting” he says .. and then he becomes real flirty as the ladies man as we also know him to be, and says quite charmingly, “ but dear, you know why I come, there is this blond ..” and blinks his eye.
“No”, he claims afterwards, “ it is the energy here .. it feels like coming home. I love the people here. The parties, the madness, the relaxing and chilling, the beaches, the food, the shakes, more beers, more madness, more parties! I just love the life here !!"
"- and of course the 7~11s !! I love the 7 11s .. I drink my beers outside all of them. My name is 7~11 Frank for a good reason. That is where you will find me mostly!”
The song is so spot on. How did you do that?
“To do that, I had to do some real hard work. Some real serious research was necessary. I had to put myself in the middle of the mess to understand every aspect. It was tough but I stuck for it. I suffer for my art anytime !!”
You are also a Basker .. why not here?
“The Royal Thai police are very efficient in picking out tourists who works on a tourist visa. I choose to respect and obey this rule here. I would never do it here. Not without a working visa at least.”
How did you get where you are today? What is your life philosophy?
"My look at life? .. Ok let me write it;" - and this I let him:
Enjoy now, because it is not coming back. Enjoy you because you are beautiful, enjoy people, every single living person on this planet are our equals and if you get the chance, have a cold beer outside 7~11 because it will lead to world peace and then you can buy me a beer to celebrate it afterwards!
.... ehm and ye ... ha-ha .. fuck this ha-ha I am off to 7~11 for a beer.. Love Frank...