Bill Drummond ‎– The King Of Joy

Creation Records ‎– CRE 039 T
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single

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A1 The King Of Joy
A2 I Want That Girl (Version)
Featuring [Featuring Jazz Giant] – Henry Lowther
B The Manager (The Complete Soundtrack Of The Video)
Film Director [The Complete Soundtrack Of The Video Directed By] – Bill Butt

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From the back of the sleeve:
"Drummond would like it known that his manager has put a stop to the foolishness that has been proposed on side two of this record. Warning. If any cheques are sent they will most probably be cashed and no advice returned."

Track A1, "The King Of Joy", is taken from the Lp "The Man" CRE LP 014.

Track A2, "I Want That Girl (Version)", is a mostly-instrumental version of "I Want That Girl" with added trumpet parts not in the original album version. Original lead vocals are removed, but the backing vocals remain.

Side B, "The Manager", is noted as "The complete soundtrack of the video — Directed by Bill Butt" on the label.

Published by Zoo Music / Warner Brothers Music Ltd
© 1987 Creation Records
A Creation Records product.
Distributed by The Cartel.
Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): CRE 039 T A-1U-1-1-1 KICK IN THE J•A•M•S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): CRE 039 T B-1U-1-1-1 INTELLIGENT


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July 6, 2010

Essentially Bill Drummond's personal theme song, one suspects. The song barely contains his enthusiasm and passion. His rough-hewn, warbly vocals mock the very notion of the untouchable pop star and only serve to make the whole thing about 150% more charming. The second song, "I Want That Girl (Version)", is the album version sans lead vocal and with additional jazz improvisation from Henry Lowther. The b-side "The Manager" is spoken-word hilarity/wisdom from Mr. Drummond, taken from a short film of the same name he made that same year. All in all, a perfectly lovely single. Sadly, it's the only single he ever released under his own name.


January 2, 2009

Although Bill Drummond's later work with Jimmy Cauty has received far more attention and had a much greater impact on the course of popular music history, his sole solo single (ha!) is his most personal and powerful work, and the titular track is, in my humble opinion, not only the greatest ever recorded by Drummond, but by anybody. Yes, I said it: Bill Drummond's "The King Of Joy" is the single greatest song of all-time. And while I doubt that anyone else the world over even comes close to agreeing with me, I believe it with all of my heart. The joy and ecstasy of following one's heart - no matter how mad that heart may be (and certainly Drummond's is pretty damn mad by most standards) - has never been expressed more directly, powerfully and succinctly in the entirety of pop music with which I am familiar, and Drummond's message is a crucial one. In many ways, I never began to understand the work and seemingly irrational objectives of Drummond's later work until I heard this song and its apparent madness immediately illuminated the thrust behind all which Drummond does, no matter how bizarre and alienating it may seem: he is merely being himself, and that is the most human thing of all. It is impossible for me to recommend a single more highly.