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The KLF

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London, England (1987 – 1992)

The KLF (also known as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, The Timelords, Kopyright Liberation Front and other names) were one of the seminal bands of the British pop music scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s, best known worldwide for their various stunts such as burning copies of their album “1987: What The Fuck is Going On?” on a bonfire in a Swedish field, firing machine gun blanks into the audience, writing a book on how to make a number one hit, dumping a dead sheep at the afterparty of the BRIT Awards and most infamously, burning £1,000,000 on an island off the coast of Scotland.

Beginning in 1987 in London, England, Bill Drummond (alias King Boy D) and Jimmy Cauty (alias Rockman Rock) released hip hop-inspired and sample-heavy records as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu and, on one occasion (the British number one hit single “Doctorin’ the Tardis”), as The Timelords. As The KLF, Drummond and Cauty pioneered the genres “” (rave music with a pop-rock production and sampled crowd noise) and “”. The KLF released a series of international top-ten hits on their own KLF Communications record label, and became the highest internationally selling UK band of 1991. The duo also published a book, The Manual, and worked on a road movie called The White Room.

From the outset, they adopted the philosophy espoused by esoteric novels The Illuminatus! Trilogy, gaining notoriety for various anarchic situationist manifestations, including the defacement of billboard adverts, the posting of prominent cryptic advertisements in NME magazine and the mainstream press, and highly distinctive and unusual performances on Top of the Pops.

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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    What Time Is Love - это просто фантастика!

    20 Mar 1:31pm Reply
  • AlienElen

    Очень тёплые воспоминания связаны с этой группой.Беспечное детство,безмятежное счастье.Друзья,старый кассетник,танцы...

    7 Mar 8:46pm Reply
  • bachrodi

    I gotta say. As being an American. I truly appreciate this music. Everything here is so... uh... like... fucking lame. This is STILL some of the truest music I've ever heard. And yes. I'm a Robert Anton Wilson fan... <3 the KLF.

    8 Jan 12:45pm Reply
  • al_shashkin

    klf still rock the jams!

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TomatMartin2014

    http://www.lastfm.es/music/Noisesurfer/WHO+SAMPLED+THE+JAMS%3F+EP

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SAC666

    firing machine gun blanks into the audience is without doubt the best stunt a musician has done

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • zyn1ker

    How legit are The Black Room "demos"?

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • futte74

    the first true techno/electronic band that really hit me straight in the face with their 3 A.M. Eternal and loving it since 1989...

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • inhocvince

    don't think its out yet? i know i know, been 5 years...

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • qwertyasdfyui

    Does anybody know where I can get The Lost Sounds Of Mu Volume 3? Thanks.

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • galactus15

    my bad, looks like there is actually a full 30-minute long version of the rites of mu (!) - review: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/collective/A3029249 (there is at least 3 versions knocking around on youtube)

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • galactus15

    jakobdorof: if you enjoy Chill Out, check out Waiting for the Rites of Mu which is another strange ambient thing they did. One of the tracks - The Rites Of Mu - is an 8 minute-long narrated story of a weird ritual on a deserted island... there is a great video accompanying it on youtube too.

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • rhinowing

    chill out is an alarmingly good album

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • egi_23

    @jakobdorof... Next up... The White Room Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    Chill Out is brilliant, but those first two JAMs records are best written off as historical curios.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mumu23

    Ricardo Da Force, who was featured on The KLF’s “3AM Eternal,” Last Train to Trancentral,” and “Justified and Ancient,” has reportedly passed away in Barbados. There’s no official cause of death, but N-Trance (another outfit that Ricardo worked with in the 1990s) posted the following on their Facebook: Just heard news that Ricardo Da Force has passed away. He was a massive part of this band & the main influence for us to start making music from his days in the KLF… gonna be hugely missed RIP.

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Slaggprodukt

    Any thoughts of Scooters "What time is love?" cover? They've used samples from the songs heavily before, I know... Still. Is a cover more of respect than downright just using samples? I mean, KLF used a lot of samples them self... With more quality I might add.

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Kaoru_is_here

    What's the point of remastering "The White Room"? It never did sound bad on CD in the first place.

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    still loving Chill Out. where to next?

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • alin1

    A scan from Melody Maker magazine with a The KLF interview (1991): http://archivedmusicpress.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/david-stubbs-interviews-the-klf-16th-february-1991.jpg Worth reading!

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
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