The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu ‎– It's Grim Up North

KLF Communications ‎– JAMS 028CD
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CD single comes in standard J-Card jewel case with insert. Insert features a small story about the continuing adventures of The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.

Original recording made at Trancentral.
Taken from The Black Room.
Additional recording and engineering at Lillie Yard.
Mixed at Townhouse Four.

Published by E.G. Music/Zoo/Warner Chappell Music
℗ & © 1991 KLF Communications • Made in England

Distributed by RTM/APT

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 017139 628284
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5017139628284
  • Matrix / Runout: JAMS28CD 10168391 01 & MADE IN U.K.
  • Label Code: LC 9308


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December 12, 2007
Part 2 sounds like a lost track from Dave Clarke's RED series. It has a massive, beating kick drum, backwards edits and analog synth sequences and stabs. Clarke's records are sighted as an influence by most of the harder techno producers who came after him. Since this pre-dated the REDs by several years, it really shows how ahead of their time these guys were. Unbelievable.

I can only assume they did this production in a big studio on an SSL mixing board, like they recommend in "The Manual", and it pays off in how tight it sounds.


February 22, 2003
edited 5 months ago
"The JAMS going underground.

...from the future"
The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu's album "The Black Room" wasn't released, surprisingly, after
having been mentioned both in a documentary on MTV, and on the single from it, "It's Grim Up North".
Not unlike when The KLF released "Kylie Said To Jason" in 1989. The album it was taken from even had its
formats catalogue numbers advertised on it, but it wasn't released.
Back then the reason was the KLF single "flopped". But "It's Grim Up North" was a hit. At least in the UK.
Was the album lost like the "Assassin" DAT by The Orb? (story on the sleeve of the "Assassin" single by The Orb)
"It's Grim Up North" was released October 28th 1991 on 7"/12"/Cassette. On CD5" a week later.
It was a remake of the original version released in December 1990, which was only released on 1-sided grey vinyl 12-inch'es limited to 350 copies.
Included with the '90 release was an info sheet with suggested titles, most likely from "The Black Room".

There was stories on the internet about a bootleg Extreme Noise Terror album with thrash metal cover versions of "The Black Room" titles, such as "Terminator 10 & The Black Room", and "38".

Also in October '91, in U.S. clubs only, "America: What Time Is Love?" by The KLF was released on Arista Records, featuring ex-Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes. It wasn't released worldwide until 4 months later.
The KLF released "Justified & Ancient" in November, a remake with lead vocals by country singer Tammy Wynette. It reached No. 1 in 18 countries. After that The JAMS and The KLF disappeared.