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.
With his interest slowly fading and after having spent half a million pounds at WEA trying to get Brilliant into the charts without any success, Bill finally decided to leave the music business behind.
Despite an impressive list of musicians he had worked with until then, Bill chose instead to work with Anglo-American alternative pop rock band Voice Of The Beehive, and Australian indie-rock band The Triffids whose pedal steel player Graham Lee would appear on The KLF’s Chill Out a couple of years later.
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) and make him ‘bigger than the Beatles, for sure.’
The album closes on Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation, a diatribe against England’s historical treatment of Scotland originally written by Robert Burns in 1791, recited by Bill’s father, Rev Jack Drummond.
Initially an LP release only the label also 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.
The King Of Joy & The Manager
Following the album’s release Creation Records released The King Of Joy, the last track Bill had recorded for the album, as a 12″ single the following year.
Included on the B-side was The Manager, the soundtrack of a video shot by Bill Butt which was a rant about the state of the music industry. In it he demands musicians not to spend any more than then days recording their LPs, and the abolishment of advances as ‘no really great music has ever come from a band that’s got themselves a big advance.’
Furthermore Bill suggests to become ‘the manager of the complete music thing’, inviting everybody to write him for his advice and personal guidance for a mere one hundred pounds enclosed as a cheque.
However, Bill did not follow through with his offer, in turn following advice from his own manager.
Tracks & Formats
|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|
|B1||Queen Of The South||2:25|
|B2||I Believe In Rock & Roll||3:35|
|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|
|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|
|6||Queen Of The South||2:25|
|7||I Believe In Rock & Roll||3:39|
|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|