45 compiles some of Bill’s short stories previously released in From The Shores Of Lake Placid and adds a wide range of new ones as well.
Although being an episodic autobiography of Bill first and foremost, he also talks about some of their KLF/JAMs exploits, most notably the recording of their 1991 single Justified And Ancient (in ‘They Called Me Up In Tennessee’), their contribution to the HELP album as the One World Orchestra (in ‘Robbie Joins The Jams’), and the brief history of 2K’s Fuck The Millennium (‘Trashed’, ‘Wheelchairs’ and ‘Now That’s What I Call Disillusionment, 2’).
First Edition (Little, Brown / 2000)
The first edition of 45 contains the following stories:
- The Winner Takes It All
- The Urge To Paint (or Have I Got The Strength To ‘Just Say No’?)
- Mick Phoned
- Sleeve Note
- Take Three Bullets
- Cocaine Dealers And American Girls
- On Paper
- From The Shores Of Lake Placid
- It’s Shit
- Chunky Thighs
- A Smell Of Money Under Ground
- Let’s Grind (or How K2 Plant Hire Went To Work)
- One Idea
- The Number Fourteen
- A Cure For Nationalism
- A Christmas Carol
- Boxing Day
- William Butterworth Revealed
- Death By Deed Pool
- Ba Ba Gaa
- Gimpo’s 25
- They Called Me Up In Tennessee
- In Praise Of Council Homes
- Making Soup
- The Autograph Hunted
- Robbie Joins The Jams
- Bill Drummond Is Dead
- Towers, Tunnels And Elderflower Wine
- Gimpo And Me And The Fabian Society (which also appeared in the Jan 1998 issue of The Face)
- My Modern Life
- Art Terrorist Incident At Luton Airport
- My P45
- Great Expectations
- Now That’s What I Call Disillusionment, 1
- Now That’s What I Call Disillusionment, 2
- Where’s Bill?
Second Edition (Abacus / 2001)
A second edition of 45 got released in 2001 featuring three additional closing chapters:
- Forwards To The Foreword
- Introduction (by Neal Brown)
- Backwards From The Foreword
Back Cover Blurb
In 1986 I recorded a long-playing record entitled ‘The Man’. It was released by Creation Records. It was a very personal record. All the songs dealt with my life and my emotions at that point in time. I was 33⅓ years old. Time for a revolution, I thought. I was leaving pop music behind to start writing books. I promised myself I would not have any further involvement with music until I reached the age of 45, when I would make one single 45 rpm seven-inch record.
My promise was never kept. Like that dog, I returned. As I entered my 45th year, I decided to write a book that contained snapshots of the world from where I was standing. The stories span a period from early in my 45th year to well into being 45. I will read them again if I get to the age of 78.
If this books gets written, this page may act as an introduction.
Is it worth getting?
Even if you are just interested in the KLF related chapters this book is well worth a read for these alone. The whole book is pretty entertaining, though, so we can only recommend this as an essential read.