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Duo comprised of Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond. Cauty was born in Devon, England; Drummond was born in South Africa but grew up in the Dumfries & Galloway 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 - House Factor album art Various Kylie Said Harder (as K L F) Various - House Factor (Comp) BPM UK 1989 Sell This Version
The KLF - Megabass 2 album art Various What Time Is Love? Various - Megabass 2 Telstar UK & Ireland 1990 Sell This Version
The KLF - Indie Top 20 Vol VIII album art Various Kylie Said To Jason Various - Indie Top 20 Vol VIII (Comp, Album) Beechwood Music UK 1990 Sell This Version
The KLF - Turn Up The Bass Megamix 1990 album art Various What Time Is Love Various - Turn Up The Bass Megamix 1990 Arcade Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
The KLF - The Original Mega Mix Vol. 1 album art Various America: What Time Is Love? (Rap Version Live At Trancentral) Various - The Original Mega Mix Vol. 1 (Comp) Megamix Italy 1990 Sell This Version
ROL 90-40 The KLF - U.K. Chart Attack #90/40 album art Various What Time Is Love? Various - U.K. Chart Attack #90/40(CD, Transcription) Rock Over London ROL 90-40 UK 1990 Sell This Version
The KLF - Bolero Mix 8 album art Various Last Train To Trancentral (as KLF) Various - Bolero Mix 8 (Comp) Blanco Y Negro (2) Spain 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF - Skate Board 3 album art Various Last Train To Trancentral Various - Skate Board 3 (Comp) Blanco Y Negro (2) Spain 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF - La Festa In Casa (House Party Vol. 1) album art Various 3 A.M. Eternal Various - La Festa In Casa (House Party Vol. 1) (Comp) Bull & Butcher Recordings Italy 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF - Turn Up The Bass Megamix 1991 album art Various 3 A.M. Eternal and 1 more… Various - Turn Up The Bass Megamix 1991 Arcade Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF - Dance Music 1991 album art Various 3 A.M. Eternal (1989 Break For Love Mix) Various - Dance Music 1991 (Comp) Sonocord Germany 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF - Hit News 91 Volume 3 album art Various Last Train To Trancentral Various - Hit News 91 Volume 3 (Comp) K-Tel Switzerland 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF - Grandmix 90 album art Ben Liebrand What Time Is Love Ben Liebrand - Grandmix 90 DMC UK 1991 Sell This Version
ADC-2237 Various 3 A.M. Eternal Various - Picked To Click (Arista's Top 40 Sampler)(Cass, Promo, Smplr, Chr) Arista ADC-2237 US 1991 Sell This Version
UKCA 91-03 Various 3 A.M. Eternal Various - U.K. Chart Attack #91/03(CD, Transcription) Rock Over London UKCA 91-03 UK 1991 Sell This Version
TCDP 9152 The KLF - Top Of The Pops - 1416 album art Various Justified & Ancient Various - Top Of The Pops - 1416(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCDP 9152 UK 1991 Sell This Version
KJK1-7253C The KLF - Les "Hit Mix" album art Various What Time Is Love? Various - Les "Hit Mix"(Cass, Promo, Smplr) BMG Music KJK1-7253C Canada 1991 Sell This Version
The KLF - 5 Χρόνια Mercedes Club album art Various Justified And Ancient (Stand By The Jams) Various - 5 Χρόνια Mercedes Club (Comp) Top Club Records, PolyGram, EMI, Virgin Greece 1992 Sell This Version
The KLF - Turn Up The Bass - The 1992 Megamix Volumes 1 & 2 album art Various America What Time Is Love and 1 more… Various - Turn Up The Bass - The 1992 Megamix Volumes 1 & 2 Arcade Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
The KLF - Skate Board 4 album art Various America: What Time Is Love? (as KLF) Various - Skate Board 4 (Comp) Blanco Y Negro (2) Spain 1992 Sell This Version
The KLF - Can't Beat The Music  Vol 1 album art Various Justified And Ancient (Stand By The Jam) Various - Can't Beat The Music Vol 1 (Comp) Columbia, Columbia Australia 1992 Sell This Version
The KLF - Pump It Up 5 album art Various Justified & Ancient Various - Pump It Up 5 (Comp) Mega Records Denmark 1992 Sell This Version
EMI 657 The KLF - Polymarchs ´92 album art Various 3 a.m. Eternal Various - Polymarchs ´92(LP, Mixed) Musart EMI 657 Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
924A The KLF - HitDisc 924A album art Various Justified & Ancient (Stand By The Jams) (as KLF) Various - HitDisc 924A(CD, Smplr) TM Century 924A US 1992 Sell This Version
DICD 3771 The KLF - Indisc Present & Future album art Various America: What Time Is Love? Various - Indisc Present & Future(CD, Promo) Indisc DICD 3771 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version

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bell-end

bell-end

January 31, 2019
I thank them from the depths of my soul for their music.i appreciated their disdain for popular music aswell,but I have to say,even at the tender age of 12 I didn't think burning £1 million was justifiable on any level.
That money could literally have saved lives,and they must have thought about this themselves.does this mean they chose notorioty over human life?
wezbash

wezbash

September 18, 2017
edited over 2 years 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
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 7 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.
jsrobinson

jsrobinson

September 9, 2004
edited over 15 years ago
The KLF are highly influencial on mid-90's Pop, Hip Hop, Trance, Electronica, House, and Dance movements. As other writers will tell you, the KLF made their mark with huge acts of tom-foolery, but the legacy Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond have left us only wanting more. The KLF are associated with lifted samples, but the more curious point is that the KLF themselves were sampled for numerous hits and boundry-breaking music in the dance arena.

The critically acclaimed "The White Room" was more an assemblage of hits after the fact, and included humerous compositions mixed with serious messages. Almost Mozart for techno, the harmonies are original, even if the samples are not.

Cauty and Drummond authored a book called "The Manual (How to have a number one the easy way)", being more of a diary into their lives as the KLF, it uses a non-audio engineer vocabulary, and is a fun read from cover to cover (157 Pages).

I personally have many memories that include the KLF, and I will never tire of the "hits" 3AM Eternal, What Time Is Love, or Last Train to Transcentral. The mystery of who the KLF is was part of the fun when it was all going on. I can only hope for more works of this caliber in the future.

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