Amazingly, this book has actually worked. This book is part instruction manual, part diary and part story of the time Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty embarked on a mission to invade the charts with "Doctorin' The Tardis", the single they recorded as the Timelords. They were indeed successful: it made number one. Later, so legend has it, the Austrian group "Edelweiss" used it as the framework to crack the charts with their eponymous song, and although they did not make number one in the UK, they came close.
As with all Drummond and Cauty projects, it needs to be taken with not a pinch but a whole barrel of salt. Expert advice on the construction and recording of a classic pop song, studio hire, services you will need as well as the necessities of how to market and promote your disc within the shark-infested music business, are pure gold. Other snippets of wisdom - such as "Have a bath" - "Have a cup of tea" - "Go to your mate's house" - "Think about what to wear on Top of the Tops" - are at best funny and at worse distracting in the extent of their detail. Then again, this is what makes these two such fascinating characters.
Although it was written in 1988 (mentions of Rick Astley, Glenn Madeiros and Sabrina do date it), little has changed and all the details you need for manufacturing, plugging, publicising and copyright protecting your music still applies today. Aside from all the practical aspects, this little pocket-sized book is nothing if not inspiring, refreshingly free of cynicism, yet full of honesty and confidence about what anyone can achieve if they put their mind to it. If you're thinking about releasing your own songs, or even starting your own record label, you could do a million (quid) worse than buy this book.