Never Trust A Hippy- Library of Mu

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Title: Never Trust A Hippy
Date: June 1993
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Bill Drummond
Type of resource: Excerpts
Status: text
No. views: 2354
Description: Drummond relates what he thought of The Incredible String Band


Never Trust A Hippy

By Bill Drummond (June 1993, Q Magazine)

Excerpt from an article on The Incredible String Band

BILL DRUMMOND (of The KLF and The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu, one-time manager of Echo & The Bunnymen)

"A LOT OF BRITISH BANDS IN THE LATE '60s would sort of pretend to be American, and a lot of American groups wanted a Red Indian vibe or a Westem vibe. But the String Band weren't like that. They were very British and that was very attractive.

"They were one of the first groups that started mining that whole British-stroke Celtic pre-Christian whatever sort of gubbins-vibe, all that Tolkienesque stuff. They were taking those things from the woolly-jumpered folky thing and giving it another edge.

"The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter hit my fifth form common room in '69. 1 liked the title first, then the sleeve, then the fact that the music was difficult, uncompromising, the songs were obviously odd the singing was completely unlistenable, and the girls didn't like it'cos you couldn't dance to it like you could to Tamla Motown, and they were Scottish - and hip which was a bonus - and obviously not part of of some London scene and they were on this very hip American label ... When you're 15 or 16, these things are important.

"And the String Band, like the Beetles/Apple thing, seemed to be independent - not just the music, but the film stuff, having control over a whole set-up. They seemed to be this complete thing that existed on its own terms outside of the mainstream, of any stream.

"Jimmy (Cauty) and I would never have sat down and said, Let's do this 'cos The Incredible String Band did this, but these things stay with you, they mould you: The KLF wanted to do things on their own terms too. And I was very aware that we had roots in the whole British thing as well.

"They influenced me in the way I thought of Echo & The Bunnymen, even down to the first Bunnymen album sleeve, having the trees in the background like The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, I wanted that saryie kind of Northern - not as in flat cap but as in Nordic-stroke-Celtic - feeling, the feeling that you're reaching back in time as well as reaching forward."

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