Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be another series of Wild Thing: I Love You?

Unfortunately, despite respectable viewing figures, Channel 4 have decided not to commission a new series. The programme did receive a lot of praise, however, and has left a positive impact in the environments of many endangered British animals.

What’s the name of the track at the end of Part Troll?

It’s Godless, by the Dandy Warhols, and is taken from their album “13 Tales of Urban Bohemia”.

What’s the instrument that Bill plays without touching?

It’s called a theremin and has been most famously used in 1950s science-fiction films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still. Bill is one of the few modern representatives of the instrument, and has presented a Radio 4 show called “Good Vibrations: The Story of the Theremin”, and written an article on the subject for the Guardian.

What is the name of the effects pedal Bill uses?

The pedal is a Roland GR-33, and works with the divided pickup Roland GK-3, which converts the strings into a digital signal. It is then possible to apply effects to the MIDI signal using the pedal, or to connect it to a MIDI-compatible device such as a keyboard or a computer.

Where is the Doctor Who section on the Cosmic Jam DVD?

It’s not there. The back of the DVD erroneously states that it’s on the Bewilderness DVD, but as far as I’m aware Bill never performed it as part of the Bewilderness tour. It was originally a sketch from Is it Bill Bailey, and a version of it is available on The Ultimate Collection… Ever!. The chapter selection on the Cosmic Jam also names Chapter 2 “Busking in Europe” when it is actually a three blokes in a pub joke.

Is Bill in Shaun of the Dead?

IMDB used to credit Bill as being in this film, and many people seem to be under the impression that he appeared as a zombie – probably confusing him with one of the two bald, beard-sporting zombie twins that feature prominently. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright confirm on the DVD commentary that he was unfortunately busy with other commitments at the time, so could not have a role.

Will there be another series of Black Books?

Dylan Moran has stated in a recent article that there will not be, although he alludes vaguely to the possibility of transferring it to the stage.

What music does Bill like?

These are his top 10 albums, as listed in the Sunday Express S:2 magazine on 24th October 2004:

  1. Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
  2. The Clash – Combat Rock (1982)
  3. Beck – Odelay (1996)
  4. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
  5. King Curtis – Live at Fillmore West (1971)
  6. The Dandy Warhols – 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000)
  7. Tom Waits – Blue Valentine (1978)
  8. Lamb – Fear of Fours (1999)
  9. Elvis Costello – When I Was Cruel (2002)
  10. David Bowie – Ziggie Stardust (1972)

Bill has also written that:

“I remain a big fan of The Clash, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads David Byrne of course..I was a hopeless devotee of Chrissie Hynde for many years – I do like a bit of twiddly but followed by something loud, like the Queens of the Stone Age, or Sugar..then quiet again with Yo La Tengo and a smidgen of Javanese Gamelan…then wistful with Beth Orton…then off again with the Chilli Peppers… In the car CD at the moment is PJ Harvey, Snow Patrol and The Streets…Top Geeza! My most recent gig I attended was Kraftwerk which was magnificent.”

I am looking for a download, lyrics or chords/tabs to one of Bill’s songs.

A songbook of some of Bill’s most popular tracks, with piano and guitar parts, is now available in our online shop here. A selection of other guitar tabs are available from 911tabs.com.

How do I get a signed photograph of Bill or his autograph?

For a signed picture send a stamped addressed envelope (size C5) to:

BB Fan Mail
PO Box 60815
LONDON
W6 6EG

Only one picture will be sent per envelope and please allow up to 1 month for delivery.

International fans must enclose an IRC (International Reply Coupon), which are available from post offices and postal services of most countries, to cover reply postage to your country.

Do not send any correspondence to this address, as it will not be answered.

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