The KLF

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Duo consisting of Jimmy Cauty (a.k.a. Rockman Rock) and Bill Drummond (a.k.a King Boy D.)

They also released records as:
The Timelords, The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Discotec 2000, The K Foundation, Space, The One World Orchestra, 2K, Bill Drummond (solo).

Annotation last modified on 2007-07-24 21:04 UTC.

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The KLF (also known as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, The Timelords and other names) were one of the seminal bands of the British acid house movement during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Beginning in 1987, 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. The KLF released a series of international hits on their own KLF Communications record label, and became the biggest-selling singles act in the world for 1991. The duo also published a cynical book, The Manual (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way), and worked on a road movie called The White Room.

From the outset, they 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. Drummond and Cauty remained true to their word of May 1992—the KLF Communications catalogue remains deleted in the UK, but The White Room is still being pressed in the US by Arista. 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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Chill Out The KLF 6
1991 The White Room The KLF 4.6 16

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 This Is What The KLF Is About I Compilation The KLF 1
1992 This Is What The KLF Is About II Compilation The KLF 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 Burn the Bastards The KLF 2
1988 Burn the Beat The KLF 1
1988 What Time Is Love? The KLF 18
1988 Love Trance The KLF 1
1989 3 A.M. Eternal The KLF 15
1989 Kylie Said to Jason The KLF 3
1989 Kylie in a Trance / Kylie Said Mu The KLF 1
1990 Madrugada eterna The KLF 2
1990 Last Train to Trancentral The KLF 12
1991 America: What Time Is Love? The KLF 6
1991 Justified & Ancient The KLF 13
1991 3 A.M. Eternal (Christmas Top of the Pops 1991) The KLF vs. Extreme Noise Terror 1
2005 Justified & Ancient The KLF vs. Deichkind & Mathias Schaffhäuser 1
2005 Build a Fire / Make It Rain The KLF vs Glove / The KLF vs Moritz R. 1

Other + Audiobook

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003 Das Handbuch: Der schnelle Weg zum Nr. 1 Hit: Gelesen von Bela B. Audiobook The KLF 1

Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Mu Remix The KLF 1
2005 What Time Is Love? (vs. Ricardo Villalobos) Remix The KLF 1

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