The Caretaker (musician)

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The Caretaker
Background information
Birth nameJames Kirby
Also known as
  • Billy Ray Cyrix
  • Butcher Claus
  • Butcher Claws
  • CV[ev]
  • Dr. Fred
  • Edgeley Musher
  • The
  • Leon And Hits
  • MC V/Vm
  • Notorious P.I.G.
  • The
  • Pole (disputed)
  • Stranger
  • The
  • V/Vm Allstar Marching Band
  • V/Vm And The Hog Chorus
  • V/Vm With Garry's Glitter
Born (1974-05-09) May 9, 1974 (age 45)
OriginStockport, England
GenresExperimental music
Instrumentscomputer, sampler, turntable
Years active1996–present
LabelsV/Vm Test Records
Associated actsV/Vm
WebsiteOfficial site

The Caretaker was a long-running project by electronic musician James Leyland Kirby, who also records as V/Vm. His work under the Caretaker moniker has been characterised as exploring memory and the gradual deteoriation of it, nostalgia, and melancholia.[1] Initially the project was inspired by the haunted ballroom scene in the 1980 film The Shining, with his first several releases consisting of treated and manipulated samples of '30s ballroom pop recordings.[1]

His works have received critical acclaim in publications such as The Wire and BBC Music,[2] and the project was a favourite of BBC Radio DJ John Peel.[citation needed] Theoretically pure anterograde amnesia was released in 2005 as a series of 72 free MP3 downloads. The release found much critical acclaim. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World found further acclaim in 2011. Starting in 2016, a final project titled Everywhere at the End of Time was released in installments, each portion of the release representing a different stage in dementia, until with the final installment in 2019, the “Caretaker” character died and the moniker was retired.


As The Caretaker[edit]

  • Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom (1999)
  • A Stairway To The Stars (2001)
  • We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow (2003)
  • Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia (2005)
  • Additional Amnesiac Memories (2006)
  • Deleted Scenes / Forgotten Dreams (2007)
  • Persistent repetition of phrases (2008) (Release info)
  • An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (2011) (Release info)
  • Patience (After Sebald) (2012) (Release info)
  • Everywhere at the end of time (Stage 1) (2016)
  • Everywhere at the end of time (Stage 2) (2017)
  • Everywhere at the end of time (Stage 3) (2017) (Release Info )
  • Take care. It's a desert out there... (2017)
  • Everywhere at the end of time (Stage 4) (2018)
  • Everywhere at the end of time (Stage 5) (2018)
  • Everywhere at the end of time (Stage 6) (2019)
  • Everywhere, an empty bliss (2019)

As Leyland Kirby[edit]

  • Sadly, the Future is No Longer What it Was (2009)
  • Eager to Tear Apart the Stars (2011)
  • Breaks My Heart Each Time (2014)
  • We Drink to Forget the Coming Storm (2014)
  • We, So Tired Of All The Darkness In Our Lives (2017)

As The Stranger[edit]

  • Bleaklow (2008)
  • Watching Dead Empires in Decay (2013)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  2. ^ Siebelt, Olli (20 November 2002). "The Caretaker – A Stairway". BBC. Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2019.