The Justified Ancients Of Mu MuIt's Grim Up North (Original Club Mix)

Label:KLF Communications – JAMS 028 T
Vinyl, 12", Single Sided, Limited Edition, Promo, Grey
Style:Techno, Acid House


AIt's Grim Up North (Original Club Mix)
FeaturingPete Wylie


  • Mastered ByJA*


Limited to #250 copies.

At least one copy without a catalogue nr has been sold through the KLF facebook fanpage. This was part of a run which got declined by Sally Fellows back in the day. At least 2 (perhaps more copies) have survived.

There are first runs and second runs; the first run being more silverish. The second run is grey.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A side - etched (the J of JA is forward, the others are backwards)): "IT'S GRIM UP NORTH" JAMS-28T J JA

Other Versions (5 of 22)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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It's Grim Up North (Original Club Mix) (12", Single Sided, White Label, Test Pressing)KLF CommunicationsJAMS 028 TUK1990
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It's Grim Up North (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single, Stereo)KLF CommunicationsJAMS 028RUK1991
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It's Grim Up North (CD, Maxi-Single)Blow Up, KLF CommunicationsINT 825.926Germany1991
It's Grim Up North (CD, Single, Stereo)KLF CommunicationsJAMS 028CDUK1991
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It's Grim Up North (7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)KLF CommunicationsJAMS 028UK1991



  • kuma.chan's avatar
    This record was my first introduction to flippers! It was a record impossible to find but its release coincided with when I started going to record fairs and strangely enough even though it had only just came out every dealer had 1 or 2 copies at £100 each. After a couple of years looking I asked one of the dealers if he would sell it a bit cheaper. "You know, I've been carting that around for 2 years and no one has ever pulled it out" he told me, then let me have it for £50 which at the time was by far the most expensive record I had ever bought, but in the longer run I got a good deal!
    • Monkfish2's avatar
      Edited 4 years ago
      I don't know how anyone can claim that this version is superior to the 'official' released version. Maybe I'm doing it a slight disservice because I've only ever listened to it through YouTube, but the beats don't have a great deal of 'oomph', the vocals are too quiet in the mix, and the lazy, out of time delivery (deliberate, I know) is not a patch on Bill Drummond's urgent delivery. I suspect the only reason people claim it's superior is because it's so rare and it brings out the elitism in them.
      • nit99rate's avatar
        Amazing, Get goose pimples every time I hear it! Really digs deep into your soul, Modern music just doesn't do that.
        • davo7sky's avatar
          Quote from Sasha, DJ mag
          The record in your collection that you most treasure?
          “It's a record I can't find actually, it's driving me a bit mental. I remember I'd been DJing and I'd stayed up all night and there was a knock on the door and this postman delivered a vinyl — a one-sided grey piece of vinyl with nothing on it, no note or anything.

          And it was Recorded Delivery, you had to sign for it, and it was all very mysterious. And I put it on and it was the original version of 'It's Grim Up North' by The KLF. The version that they released of it as a single was pretty rubbish, but this was a tripped-out acid record, it was absolutely insane. And it's lost in my record collection somewhere. It's in there, I never would have given it away, I've got 50,000 records and I know it's there.”
          • terrysuki's avatar
            Edited one year ago
            I picked this up in 1990 for 35 pence! Or I should say some DJ swapped it for a record that cost me 35 pence! I was DJing at a party where this guy was also playing, and he told me he loved a tune I played earlier, one that I'd picked up in Tower Records where I worked, called "JT Company ‎– Don't Deal With Us", an Italo banger, a great tune, but easily available for 25p in Tower! I was just about to tell him there were hundreds of copies there when he put on one of the Holy Grails of acid/techno, the grey vinyl single sided "The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu ‎– It's Grim Up North (Original Club Mix)" and I was so taken aback I forgot to tell him about the JT tune! It was the first time I'd even seen one of these mythic records, impossible to obtain for love nor money at the time. I was even more taken aback when he suggested a swap for the JT company tune! Needless to say I never told him about the hundreds of copies for sale in the open 24 hour Tower Records store just round the corner from where we were playing! Sometimes fate just goes your way!
            • terrysuki's avatar
              This is most definitely one of the best techno/acid tracks ever made. I played the shit out of it in the early 90's and it would just destroy the place ! It's one of a series of special mixes the K.L.F./J.A.M.M.S. put out in limited amounts that were only sent to DJ's on their mailing list. If you see one for sale and you can afford it then grab it quickly !
              • tharobster's avatar
                Edited 10 years ago
                one of the rarest tracks from the early 90's , only 350 made , and thankfully never bootlegged . this grey vinyl version without labels is totally different to all other versions . to hear this played full volume in a club is an incredible experience especially if you are having an err 'enhanced' night ?!! lol .
                compeltely different to all other tracks out there at the time , this is a virtual journey along the M62 motorway in northern england - a bit like the KLF's concept lp chillout wa a virtual road trip accross america . i never knew the vocal was pete wylie tho , he sounds more manchester accented on this record than liverpool where he is from ? strange .
                it is a holy grail of uk warehouse acid house encapsulating the illegal rave feel of those northen parties in abandoned warehouses and fields around the M62 locality . with its pounding reverbed warehouse kick , and sirens type noises which vaguely resemble old blackburn mills 'clocking off' sirens and a vocal which is different to the scottish accented commercial remixes , this stands the test of time . its going to cost a lot of money to acquire and original probs about £250 , but surely worth it . sasha had the vision and balls to play this when half the north was listening to ital style piano happy house and regularly used to drop this at his gigs at the time ie shellys in stoke and totally destroy the venue .
                amazing !


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