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BILL DRUMMOND - The Man   Print  E-mail 
Written by Mark Reed  
Monday, 25 October 2004


Bill Drummond found himself at a bizarre stage in his life here. Fresh from managing Echo and The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes, just about to form the revolutionary Justified Ancients of Mu Mu and the KLF, he branched out to record a bizarre country folk album that can only be described as, at best, eccentric, much like the man himself.

Essential more for an insight into the mind of a man who doesn't know what's going on in his head let alone anywhere elese, The Man sees Bill rubbish former pop stars in "Julian Cope Is Dead", produce passable pastiches of the dire country+western genre in the shape of "I Want That Girl", and show that rockabilly lives and breathes in London. It also proves once and for all that he cannot sing. Fans of the JAMMS and the KLF's style should be warned it bears no links at all with any music he's made since. I love this album dearly, yet have never been able to listen to it all the way through.

Imagine what might have happened if Syd Barrett hadn't gone mad in Cambridge, and you're only halfway to finding out what The Man is about.

 

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