10 October 2016

Jimmy Cauty Interview about the Aftermath Dislocation Principle

A scene from Jimmy Cauty's Aftermath Dislocation Principle
A scene from Jimmy Cauty's Aftermath Dislocation Principle

One of earliest musical memories is seeing The Timelords performing Doctorin' the Tardis on an episode of Top of the Pops in 1988. I would have been five years old. Me and my friends would sing that song in the playground. It introduced Gary Glitter to a group of young kids from Nottingham, which I'm sure he would be delighted about. I had no idea of the people behind it, the former manager of Echo and the Bunnymen and an ex member of The Orb, but as a kid it was a catchy and fun song to sing.

As the 80s gave way to the 1990s, the band behind that song would go on to release more and more great songs that I would either hear on the radio or see on Top of the Pops. First and foremost they were entertaining and enjoyable to listen to. As I got older I started to understand what made them so unique; not only what it their knack of being able to write a damn fine song with a memorable hook, it was their sense of anarchy, their subversive attitude, the strange and intriguing culture and mythology that they built around themselves. Their career ending performance at the 1992 Brit Awards is one of the best live performances by any band ever. 

The ADP Riot tour visiting the New Art Exchange in Nottingham
The ADP Riot tour visiting the New Art Exchange in Nottingham
Fast forward a few years and imagine my delight when it is announced that Jimmy Cauty will be exhibiting a few minutes walk from my house. "I wonder if he'll be up for an interview?" It turns out he is.

I'm always a bit worried ahead of an interview, anxious that the conversation won't flow or that my questions will fall flat, and hoping that whoever I'm talking to isn't a complete dick. Fortunately it goes great and Cauty is easy to talk to. Thinking that this is the only time that I am ever going to talk to a member of the KLF, I've got to make the most of the opportunity and ask him just a few questions about his old band, surely he won't mind me slipping a couple in.

"There is a self-imposed 23 year embargo on Bill and myself talking about anything that starts with the letter K. That 23 years is coming to an end next year." 

And with that I have to cross out half of my questions. 

Read my interview with Jimmy Cauty on the LeftLion website

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