Library of Mu: All Reviews

There are 101 Reviews in the Library of Mu:


Touch
Date: 18 August, 1979
Journal: ? (a music weekly)
Author: ?
Description: Not so appreciative Lori and the Chameleons review: "odd...silly...but it is original"
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Touch
Date: 18 August, 1979
Journal: ? (a music weekly)
Author: ?
Description: would have made single of the week in most weeks but this: "brick synthesised rythms dance as airily and appetisingly as candy floss"
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Touch
Date: 27 October, 1979
Journal: ? (a music weekly)
Author: ?
Description: Very positive Lori and the Chameleons review: "impossibly sexy...very great...enter into the spirit of it"
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TEEN TORMENT
Date: 21 July, 1984
Journal: Sounds
Author: Jane Simon
Description: Live Brilliant review - she thinks that this is the band of the moment, funky eclectic and cool
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It's A Man's Man's Man's World
Date: 17 September, 1985 ?
Journal: ? (Melody Maker)
Author: ?
Description: "an elaborate joke, I suspect ... relaxed reggae lilt"
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It's A Man's Man's Man's World
Date: 26 September, 1985 ?
Journal: ? (NME)
Author: ?
Description: "glittering pseudo-reggaefied ... it's a tired tired tired idea"
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Love Is War
Date: 01 March, 1986
Journal: ? (a music weekly)
Author: ?
Description: poor review: "So-So dancefloor fodder with a meaninglessly oxymoronic title...lacking any peculiarities"
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Kiss The Lips Of Life
Date: October 1986 ?
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Paul du Noyer
Description:
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The Man
Date: 08 November, 1986
Journal: Sounds
Author: Roy Wilkinson
Description: "a touching if idiosyncratic biographical statement ... veers between Scottish jigs and Phil Spectorism's 5 stars!!!"
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The Man
Date: December 1986 ?
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Paul du Noyer
Description:
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The King Of Joy
Date: 01 March, 1987 ?
Journal: Melody Maker
Author: ?
Description: absurdist Drummond's first single off "perfectly buckled LP" - even better is "after-dinner speech" b-side
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All You Need Is Love
Date: 14 March, 1987
Journal: Sounds
Author: ?
Description: Single of the week
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All You Need Is love
Date: 21 March, 1987
Journal: ? (Record Mirror)
Author: ?
Description: Brilliant
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The King Of Joy
Date: 21 March, 1987
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Description: oddity of the week...Drummond's got a bloody awful voice...sounds different
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All You Need Is Love
Date: April 1987
Journal: Underground
Author: ?
Description: best groove so far this year is from Scotland and it shows London and New York exactly how it should be done
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All You Need Is Love
Date: 04 April, 1987
Journal: ? (a music weekly)
Author: Jay Strongman
Description: energy that builds and builds...deserves to be massive...most interesting says from Scotland
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All You Need Is Love
Date: 16 May, 1987
Journal: ? (Record Mirror)
Author: ?
Description: excellent descriptive review
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All You Need Is Love
Date: 23 May, 1987
Journal: NME
Author: Danny Kelly
Description: Single of the week (2): "a triumph of nowness over mere newness"
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JAMs on dry bread
Date: 20 June, 1987
Journal: NME
Author: Danny Kelly
Description: disappointing...runs short of ideas should have been better
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1987 (What The Fuck's Going On?)
Date: July 1987 ?
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Ian Cranna
Description: review found it dissapointing: "too few ideas being spread too thin" ... "all the magic moments on this record ... have come from other people's work".
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I Gotta CD
Date: 28 November, 1987
Journal: NME
Author: James Brown
Description: good review "captivating...addictive...gorgeously rank"
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Downtown
Date: 28 November, 1987
Journal: NME
Author: James Brown
Description: Single of the week : "one massive hell-hating holler of a song"
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Downtown
Date: 06 December, 1987
Journal: ? (Record Mirror)
Author: ?
Description: Reviewer doesn't like sample-less direction: "a creature tamed...without outlaw credentials what's left?"
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'Milking The Mu Mu' Who Killed The JAMs
Date: 13 February, 1988
Journal: NME
Author: Edwin Pouncey
Description: good review describing all the tracks + excellent Savage Pencil cartoon 'JAMS: no moose is good moose' illustrating each track
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Disco 2000 - Kings Cross The Bell
Date: 20 February, 1988
Journal: NME
Author: Barbara Ellen
Description: a good review despite the fact that Mo and Cress are too drunk to perform and only do two songs
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?
Date: 09 April, 1988
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Description: Disco 2000: One Love Nation
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Doctorin' The Tardis
Date: 28 May, 1988
Journal: ? (Record Mirror)
Author: ?
Description: apocalyptic Acid House megamix...has a sense of humour
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Doctorin' The Tardis
Date: 28 May, 1988
Journal: Melody Maker
Author: ?
Description: "'Pure, unadulterated agony ... excruciating'
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Shag Times
Date: 14 January, 1989
Journal: NME
Author: Michele Kirsch
Description: more a review of the JAMs '87 and '88 than of the LP
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Shag Times
Date: February 1989 ?
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Mat Snow
Description:
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Shag Times
Date: 04 February, 1989
Journal: NME
Author: Michele Kirsch
Description: Shag Times was 'Select'ed as one of the best LP's of January, this is just a clip from the two-week old review"
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Death Jams!
Date: 25 February, 1989
Journal: NME
Author: Steven Wells
Description: review of The Manual with list of facts that it reveals + White Room get-your-name-in-the-credits competition: suggest an ending for the film!
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?
Date: 05 August, 1989
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Description: Kylie Said To Jason/What Time Is Love
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Kylie Said To Jason
Date: 12 August, 1989
Journal: ? (a music weekly)
Author: ?
Description: 'superb Neil Tennamt delivery'
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3am Eternal
Date: 16 September, 1989
Journal: Record Mirror
Author: ?
Description: chanting atmospheric cathedral-like resonance ... "eruo flavoured deep house pulser"
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The What Time Is Love Story
Date: October 1989 ?
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Ian Cranna
Description:
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Last Train From Transylvania
Date: 16 December, 1989
Journal: Record Mirror
Author: ?
Description: Last Train from Transylvania (sic) gets slating "Nobody who makes records like this should be allowed on the street ... It isn't a dance track KLF"
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Date: 23 December, 1989
Journal: Record Mirror
Author: -
Description: Drummond's opinion of Neighbours
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Last train To Trancentral
Date: 06 January, 1990
Journal: Record Mirror
Author: ?
Description: 'ethereal atmospherics ... freight trains and keyboards'
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Chill Out
Date: 20 January, 1990
Journal: ? (Sounds or MM)
Author: Russell Brown
Description: 'The patchwork of sounds is too arbitary and formless ... comforting but no shag'
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Last Train To Trancentral
Date: 20 January, 1990
Journal: Melody Maker
Author: ?
Description: not a good review: "look how mischevious we are the fatheads giggle!"
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Chill Out
Date: 20 January, 1990
Journal: Sounds
Author: ?
Description:
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Chill Out
Date: 27 January, 1990
Journal: NME
Author: Helen Mead
Description: more a history of ambient than a review of the LP (8/10)
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Chill Out
Date: February 1990
Journal: The Face
Author: Ian McCann
Description: it works if you're in the mood but to the undrugged ear it is "hopelessly pompous and almost classical".
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Chill Out
Date: February 1990 ?
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Ian Cranna
Description: pretty good consise review: "ambient music for city people"
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Chill Out
Date: 03 February, 1990
Journal: NME
Author: Select
Description: the best LP's of January - Chill Out
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Chill Out
Date: 04 February, 1990
Journal: ? (a broadsheet)
Author: ?
Description: 'New age sensual background sound'
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Date: 24 March, 1990
Journal: Melody Maker
Author: Tim Peacock
Description: Bunnymen and KLF at Liverpool Marsh Lane Community Centre: "The KLF briefly swell the Bunny ranks for a spot of eminently dancable weirdness"
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What Time Is love? (Live)
Date: 28 July, 1990
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Description: Single of the week : "energy humour and violence collide" Sean Dickson of the Soup Dragons reviews it
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What Time Is Love? (Bunnymen Mix)
Date: 25 August, 1990
Journal: NME
Author: Jim Reid
Description: Single of the week, reviewed by Jesus and Mary Chain's Jim Reid
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What Time Is Love? (Bunnymen Mix)
Date: 08 September, 1990
Journal: NME
Author: Sherman
Description: Moody and Bunnymen mixes described
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The Man reissue
Date: 08 September, 1990
Journal: NME
Author: David Swift
Description: Julian Cope Is Dead stories; 7/10
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So Hard (Pet Shop Boys Vs The KLF)
Date: 20 October, 1990
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Description: Singles - KLF vs the pet Shop Boys
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Waiting
Date: 10 November, 1990
Journal: NME
Author: Roger Morton
Description: Generally positive review: "blurring the lines between extreme pretentiousness and extreme silliness"
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What Time Is Love? (Live)
Date: 22 December, 1990
Journal: NME
Author: -
Description: 4th best single of the year
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Waiting
Date: 22 December, 1990
Journal: Record Mirror
Author: Vision On
Description:
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3am Eternal (Live)
Date: 12 January, 1991
Journal: ? (Melody Maker)
Author: John Harris
Description: 'the crowd noises ... improve its appeal, conjuring up images of searchlights, gyrating hordes and the kind of madness your mum wouldn't be awfully keen on'
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3am Eternal (Live)
Date: 12 January, 1991
Journal: ? (Sounds)
Author: ?
Description: 'exploitative conmen ... computerised funk-by-numbers soulless track'
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3am Eternal (Live)
Date: 12 January, 1991
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Description: vibrant dance blast...nifty sounds
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3am Eternal (Live)
Date: 12 January, 1991
Journal: Record Mirror
Author: ?
Description: Single of the week : 'a magnificent pulsating beast combining bleeps and body heat'
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The White Room
Date: March 1991 ?
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Iestyn George
Description:
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The White Room
Date: 02 March, 1991
Journal: Sounds
Author: ?
Description:
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The White Room
Date: 1991-03-06
Journal: Time Out
Author: ?
Description:
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The White Room
Date: 09 March, 1991
Journal: ? (a music weekly)
Author: AF
Description: a neat summation of Drummond and Cauty's colourful history
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The White Room
Date: 09 March, 1991
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Description: includes fine caricature
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The White Room
Date: April 1991
Journal: Vox
Author: ?
Description:
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Last Train To Trancentral (Live)
Date: 20 April, 1991
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Description:
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Give Peace A Dance
Date: June 1991
Journal: Vox
Author: ?
Description:
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Stadium House (The Trilogy)
Date: July 1991
Journal: Vox
Author: ?
Description:
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Stadium House (The Trilogy)
Date: 06 July, 1991
Journal: NME
Author: Stephen Dalton
Description: breathtaking, pulse-racing spectactle with a sly sense of humour" good reiew with reservations
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It's Grim Up North
Date: 02 November, 1991 ?
Journal: Melody Maker
Author: ?
Description: A hell of a record. Literally. as the JAMMs refrain from making a judgement on the grimness of the region, "opting instead to list a whole bunch of towns"
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It's Grim Up North
Date: 02 November, 1991
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Description: Single of the week - "vengeance and poignance" and graffiti was "last year"
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Justified And Ancient
Date: 07 December, 1991
Journal: Melody Maker
Author: ?
Description: Single of the week
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Justified And Ancient
Date: 07 December, 1991
Journal: NME
Author: Simon Williams
Description: Single of the week
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Last Train To Trancentral (Live)
Date: 21 December, 1991
Journal: NME
Author: -
Description: 15th best single of the year
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3am Eternal (KLF Vs Extreme Noise Terror)
Date: 11 January, 1992
Journal: NME
Author: ?
Description: (Mail order) Single of the week
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America: What Time Is Love?
Date: 22 February, 1992
Journal: NME
Author: Stephen Dalton
Description: Single of the Millenium!!
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America: What Time Is Love?
Date: 29 February, 1992
Journal: Melody Maker
Author: ?
Description: positive review: "the whole bizarre concoction's brilliantly bonkers" but wondering when they'd come up with something new.
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Justified And Ancient History
Date: 30 January, 1993
Journal: NME
Author: Stephen Dalton
Description: Pete Robinson's "labour of love" makes "inessential reading."
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Justified And Ancient History
Date: May 1993
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Jimmy Nicol
Description: Ridiculously overenthusiastic review (****)
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Chill Out (Wax Trax import)
Date: June 1994
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Andrew Collins
Description: KLF were ahead of their time, and whole careers have been built following their lead
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A Bible Of Dreams
Date: 02 November, 1994
Journal: NME
Author: Gavin Martin
Description:
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Pick of the Week - Omnibus
Date: 05 November, 1995
Journal: Scotland On Sunday (Spectrum)
Author: ?
Description: Doesn't say much really
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Money to burn, anyone?
Date: 07 November, 1995
Journal: Guardian (G2)
Author: Adam Sweeting
Description: Poor review of the Omnibus program; he doesn't really get it.
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? (review of Omnibus documentary)
Date: 07 November, 1995
Journal: The Independent (tabloid section)
Author: Thomas Sutcliffe
Description: Excellent review of the Omnibus program; says a lot about art and the art system.
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Watch the K-F burn a million quid
Date: 1995-11-24
Journal: Venue (Bristol Listings Magazine)
Author: Mike Gartside
Description: Good review of the Bristol showing, including extraordinary outbursts, crowd reaction and anti-materialism theory.
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Burn a million quid and call it art
Date: 27 November, 1995
Journal: Daily Post (Liverpool)
Author: Angie Sammons
Description: Simple review of the Liverpool Everyman showing that doesn't say that much.
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Chill Out
Date: 1996-03-01 ?
Journal: Mix-Mag
Author: Dom Philips
Description: excerpt from 50 greatest dance albums article - Chill Out was No. 5
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Bad Wisdom
Date: 09 November, 1996
Journal: NME
Author: Gavin Martin
Description: sums it up well, mainly giving the background to saving the world "the troubled, explosive festering imaginations of the two authors" "a Boy's Own adventure to end them all"
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? (Bad Wisdom reading review)
Date: 1996-12-01
Journal: Blah Blah Blah
Author: ?
Description: Quite a poorly written review of a London reading. Only interesting content is the picture of the Elvis icon and some other holiday snaps from the expedition.
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Pop & Jazz: Reviews
Date: 30 August, 1997
Journal: The Independent
Author: Angela Lewis
Description: preview of 2K at the Barbican: "The idea walks the tightrope between lunacy and brilliance."
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Blast from the past
Date: 20 September, 1997
Journal: Guardian
Author: Phil Daoust
Description: good short review
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K Foundation Burn a Million Quid
Date: 1997-11-03
Journal: Big Issue
Author: ?
Description: consise and clever
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Hit man, myth maker - 45
Date: 26 February, 2000
Journal: Guardian
Author: Steven Poole
Description: Review of "45" in the Guardian Saturday Pages
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More revolutions every minute with the KLF
Date: 26 February, 2000
Journal: The Independent
Author: Charles Shaar Murray
Description: pretty good review of 45 by famous music journalist
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Pop's top stuntman
Date: 26 February, 2000
Journal: The Times
Author: Jerome Boyd Maunsell
Description: another review of '45': "Drummond has the inimitable wisdom of a true maverick"
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Pop? He wrote the manual 45 By Bill Drummond LITTLE, BROWN pounds 12.99
Date: 27 February, 2000
Journal: The Independent
Author: Laurence Phelan
Description: doesn't say much, mainly a history of Drummond's career, although he does say 45 is "wilfully misleading and perversely contradictory" but "still worth reading for the daft aphorisms"
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Pop: It's in the Mix -Tammy Wynette And The KLF Justified And Ancient (Stand By The Jams)
Date: 03 November, 2000
Journal: The Independent
Author: Robert Webb
Description: A look back at Stand By The Jams, nothing new, as part of a series on Pop's Unlikeliest Collaborations
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Paperbacks - To the north pole with the king of imaginary pop
Date: 18 November, 2001
Journal: The Independent
Author: Scarlett Thomas
Description: brief review of the re-release of 45, calls it "inspired".
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Performance Bill Drummond: How to be an artist, CCA, Glasgow
Date: 03 October, 2002
Journal: The Herald (Glasgow)
Author: Moira Jeffrey
Description: Drummond comes across as "a kind of eccentric rural uncle" and his talk is just "a charming sales pitch, in front of a fond and indulgent audience."
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Underground - Bad Wisdom
Date: 05 April, 2003
Journal: Guardian (G2)
Author: Steven Poole
Description: A short review of the Creation Books re-release: "a classic of underground psychogeography".
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