The KLF

The KLF

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Duo composed of James Francis Cauty and William Ernest Drummond. Cauty was born in Devon, England; Drummond was born in South Africa but grew up in the Borders area of Scotland.

KLF adopted the philosophy espoused by esoteric novel series 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. Their most notorious performance was a collaboration with Extreme Noise Terror at the February 1992 BRIT Awards, where they fired machine gun blanks into the audience and dumped a dead sheep at the aftershow party. This performance announced The KLF's departure from the music business, and in May 1992 the duo deleted their entire back catalogue.

With The KLF's profits, Drummond and Cauty established the K Foundation and sought to subvert the art world, staging an alternative art award for the worst artist of the year and burning one million pounds sterling. Although Drummond and Cauty remained true to their word of May 1992—the KLF Communications catalogue remains deleted in the UK—they have released a small number of new tracks since then, as the K Foundation, The One World Orchestra and most recently, in 1997, as 2K.

KLF also published a book, The Manual, and worked on a road movie called The White Room.
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The KLF Discography

Albums

The KLF Chill Out (Album) KLF Communications, KLF Communications US 1990 Sell This Version
The KLF The White Room (Album, Maxi, Single) KLF Communications Saudi Arabia 1991 Sell This Version
EB014 Kopyright Liberation Front* Waiting For The Rights Of Mu(CD, Ltd) Echo Beach EB014 UK 1997 Sell This Version
06024 9807148 9 The KLF Das Handbuch (Der Schnelle Weg Zum Nr.1 Hit)(2xCD) Deutsche Grammophon Literatur 06024 9807148 9 Germany 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The KLF Burn The Bastards (Single) KLF Communications UK 1988 Sell This Version
KLF* What Time Is Love? (Pure Trance 1) (Single, Maxi) KLF Communications UK 1988 Sell This Version
The KLF 3 A.M. Eternal (Pure Trance 2) (Single, Maxi) KLF Communications UK 1989 Sell This Version
The KLF Kylie Said To Jason (Single) KLF Communications UK 1989 Sell This Version
KLF-010-IT The KLF Deep Shit / The Lovers Side(12", TP, W/Lbl) KLF Communications KLF-010-IT UK 1989 Sell This Version
The KLF Madrugada Eterna (Club Mix) KLF Communications UK 1990 Sell This Version
JB 366 Elmer Food Beat / The KLF Elmer Food Beat / The KLF - Daniela / 3 A.M. Eternal(7", Jukebox) Ricordi JB 366 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
The Timelords / The KLF The Timelords / The KLF - Doctorin' The Tardis (Single, Maxi) TVT Records US 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF Justified & Ancient (Single, Maxi) KLF Communications Japan 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF No More Tears (Single) Dance Pool France 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF Last Train To Trancentral (Live From The Lost Continent) (Single, Maxi) KLF Communications UK 1990 Sell This Version
The KLF Make It Rain / No More Tears KLF Communications UK 1991 Sell This Version
145-958-7 The KLF 3AM Eternal (Live At The S.S.L.) / What Time Is Love(7", Single) ToCo International 145-958-7 Colombia 1991 Sell This Version
JB 375 The KLF / Army Of Lovers The KLF / Army Of Lovers - America: What Time Is Love? / Crucified (7", Jukebox) Ricordi JB 375 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
2801 530 The KLF / Technotronic The KLF / Technotronic - Last Train To Trancentral / Work(12", Promo) ToCo International 2801 530 Brazil 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF vs. Extreme Noise Terror The KLF vs. Extreme Noise Terror - 3 A.M. Eternal (Christmas Top Of The Pops 1991) KLF Communications UK 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF America: What Time Is Love? (Single, Maxi) KLF Communications UK 1991 Sell This Version
8130692 The KLF Justified & Ancient / 3AM Eternal Live at The SSL(12", Promo) Arista 8130692 Costa Rica 1992 Sell This Version
2801 567 The KLF / 2 Unlimited The KLF / 2 Unlimited - Justified & Ancient / Get Ready For This(12", Promo) ToCo International 2801 567 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
The KLF vs Glove / The KLF vs Moritz R The KLF vs Glove / The KLF vs Moritz R - Build A Fire / Make It Rain Blaou Sounds Germany 2005 Sell This Version
The KLF Vs Ricardo Villalobos The KLF Vs Ricardo Villalobos - What Time Is Love? Blaou Sounds Germany 2005 Sell This Version

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steamybrown2003

steamybrown2003

October 20, 2017
edited 1 day ago
IIIIIII’ve been waiting, Youuuuuuu’ve been waiting, Weeeeeee’ve been waiting, and now that they have returned to Hell just in the nick of time, we demand a collected works, a KLF Anthology, it could a.b.k.a. the K, the L, the F, and the Ology: Enough Is Enough, What Time Is Love?, and that should put them right back into retirement!❤️
wezbash

wezbash

September 18, 2017
edited about 1 month ago
The KLF are officially back, 1+ 9+ 9+ 4 = 23 !
23 Years To The Day After burning A Million In Cash.
2017 WHAT THE FUUK IS GOING ON, WHO KNOWS ?? AUGUST 23RD 2017

23 years later on the 23rd of August 23 seconds past midnight (Wednesday) driving their ice Kream van down Bold street to back into their world of chaos down a packed street in Liverpool to the bookshop "news from nowhere" to launch their new book as they said they would as wicked and inscrutable as ever.

Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond were in a category of their own during the late 1980s and early ’90s. Recording under a variety of names might be about (20+) including Scooter and including their new name "Badger Kull" and sampling liberally when copyright law was still catching up, The British acid-house duo topped the charts, wrote a how-to book about topping the charts, made the seminal chillout album Chill Out, Firing blank machine-gun rounds at the Brits award show in 1992,

And announced their retirement from the music business then left a dead sheep at the door of the after show party, Then two years later in 1994 they filmed themselves burning a million British pounds And yes It was real money what the k foundation had bought from the royal mint for about £700 I​ think it was, It was going to be burnt anyway at the royal mint has it was old money and no longer in use and when they burnt it there was a guy there from the royal mint to verify it had been burnt on site in Scotland i think it was and he had to inspect the ash afterwards.

Number 23 comes from Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus trilogy from which the KLF draw much of their inspiration.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illuminatus!_Trilogy
failme

failme

August 20, 2017
Might not be apt for this board but have a spare ticket for the upcoming 'Welcome to the Dark Ages' event in Liverpool. Please email me at pentelpen10@gmail.com for more details.
ijustspeak

ijustspeak

June 7, 2017
The KLF is returning with "Something" http://www.factmag.com/2017/01/05/the-klf-return-poster/ We just have to wait..
Rich.C

Rich.C

January 13, 2017
The Liverpool-based, Dadaist Punk-inspired career of the KLF (Kopyright Liberation Front) has been built upon a succession of industry pranks throughout the sample-heavy Acid House movement of the late 1980s and early '90s. Essentially the duo of Bill Drummond and Jimi Cauty, the group began as the Justified Ancients of Mu-Mu (JAMS); later, a one-off stint as the Timelords resulted in a minor hit with "Doctorin' the Tardis."
Never ones to hide their contempt for the music industry, at the point they struck fortune in England with the soulful hits "3 A.M. Eternal" and "What Time Is Love?," they refused to play the songs straight, instead asking Grindcore favorites Extreme Noise Terror to be the backing band. In addition to spraying crowds with faux machine-gun bullets and reportedly dumping a sheep's carcass in a hotel lobby, the band has also written a manual on how to write pop songs. They have since refused to release any more music until world peace has arrived.
hortonjupiter

hortonjupiter

March 11, 2013
R.I.P. Ricardo Da Force, a massive inspirational force in these most unusually inspired records. Make mine a 99 in Valhalla, mister, and thanks :)
pyenapple

pyenapple

February 15, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty were the finest artists of the latter half of the 20th century. Not just musicians, Artists. Music can't contain the scope of what they accomplished in this world.
ruminas

ruminas

May 26, 2011
Forget about those superstars, media shockers-wanna-be and crap like that. The KLF was the amazing project by Drummond & Cauty. Despite their ultimate results by inventing the sound and succeeding to sell it out and to reach the very top, they had the balls to spit on the system and to cut everything off at the same moment. I mean you have to be really nuts or to have strong non-material point of view to pull the stunts like these. For those who still don't have a clue what it is about just browse the internet - you will be amazed what kind of guys they are. Highly, highly recommended true revolutionary artists.
Long live the fighters !
scout303

scout303

October 15, 2010
And more importantly don't forget there energy.... All there tracks still just Kick It !! (Stadium House)!!!!!!
hyperreal1

hyperreal1

January 16, 2009
The KLF was an incredible project that has a big place in the electronic music history. They are (along with The Orb, ask Cauty) the fathers of the atmospheric house or something like trance-dub; a kind of music that explore slow beats in combination with more soulful and rhythmic elements, voices and another samples.

Everything start in the end of the nighties, listening to KLF and his first works is listening the exact moment when the 80's music was ending (they release great 80's pop hits!) and finally moves to the sounds of electronic music and spread all over the world in the starting of 90's. Somebody have listened "Kylie Said to Jason", is pure synthpop nostalgia flirting with few acid dust!

"The White Room" is a great album that confirm their goodbye to the 80's and smile to different sounds. They still have that synths, melodic sounds and sweet voices, but also has one feet in the danceable hand. Like the song says "We climbed to touch the stars".

KLF was some of the firsts electronic music artist (continues to the Brian Eno legacy) that was interesting not only in the dance side, but in the calm side."Chill Out" is one of the greatest albums not only in the ambient history, but in the all electronic music history. Is another kind of goodbye to the 80's music (check all the samples), while the group travel along US in an atmospherical higway and say hello to the deeper sound and samples of the next decade.

Also they developed an particular sound that create the basis of the acid house, rave and 90's trance. "What Time Is Love": the real trance sounds that was deep, serious and hypnotic!; before the genre was distort by others and becomes so light and boring.

Thanks for the all your hard work KLF.

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