Mittwoch, November 15, 2006

Wanna Have a No. 1 Hit?
When Bill Drummond (alias King Boy D, Time Boy) and Jimmy Cauty (alias Rockman Rock, Lord Rock) published their 1988's single "Doctorin' the Tardis" as The Timelords, using samples of Gary Glitters "Rock and Roll (Part Two)", they had already some experience with sampling and copyrights - read more.
After "Doctorin' the Tardis" reached No. 1 in the UK charts in June 1988 Drummond and Cauty wrote the very helpful book "The Manual (How to have a Number One the Easy Way)" which was published in 1989. Read the English Version here.
Besides, the Austrian pop group Edelweiss who read "The Manual" reached (at least) No. 5 in the UK Charts with their single "Bring Me Edelweiss" selling five million copies world-wide.
There is also a German version of the book with an audio version read by Bela B., member of the most famous German punk-pop group Die Ärzte (read more about them here).
The Timelords became The KLF (more about them here) then publishing the album "Chill Out", which was reported to have given the music style its name, and becoming the best-selling single act in 1991 with hits like "3 a.m. eternal" or "Justified and Ancient" with famous US-country singer Tammy Wynette (1942-1998).

So, whenever you dream of a No. 1 hit then forget about fame, groupies etc. - but don't miss to read KLF's "Manual". Good luck, Michael.