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.

This isn’t a retirement, merely the end of a phase and the start of another.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).

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)

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.

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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