The Man

The Man was Bill Drummond’s 1986 solo album on Creation Records, meant as a farewell to his previous musical past at the age of 33.

I wanted to make the album because I realised that I’ve spent a lot of time persuading other people to do what I thought they ought to be doing and now I want to persuade myself to do what I ought to be doing.Bill Drummond (Melody Maker, 1 Nov 1986)

The Man is probably best known for the song Julian Cope Is Dead, a tongue-in-cheek fictional story of how Drummond shoots The Teardrop Explodes’ front singer Julian Cope to fuel his stagnating career (Drummond being the Teardrops’ former manager).

Initially an LP release only Creation Records put out a timely CD re-release of The Man in 1990. This was probably to cash in on Drummond’s success with The KLF.

This isn’t a retirement, merely the end of a phase and the start of another.Bill Drummond (Melody Maker, 1 Nov 1986)

Tracks & Formats

CRELP 014

LP Album / 1986
A1 True To The Trial 2:47
A2 Ballad For A Sex God 3:56
A3 Julian Cope Is Dead 2:06
A4 I Want That Girl 3:06
A5 Going Back 3:54
B1 Queen Of The South 2:25
B2 I Believe In Rock & Roll 3:35
B3 Married Man 2:12
B4 I’m The King Of Joy 2:43
B5 Son Of A Preacher Man 3:37
B6 Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation 2:45

CRECD 014

CD Album / 1990
1 True To The Trial 2:53
2 Ballad For A Sex God 3:58
3 Julian Cope Is Dead 2:07
4 I Want That Girl 3:13
5 Going Back 3:57
6 Queen Of The South 2:25
7 I Believe In Rock & Roll 3:39
8 Married Man 2:12
9 I’m The King Of Joy 2:45
10 Son Of A Preacher Man 3:41
11 Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation 2:46

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