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The KLF

The KLF (also known as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, The Timelords, Kopyright Liberation Front and other names) were one of the seminal bands of the British pop music scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s, best known worldwide for their various stunts such as burning copies of their album “1987: What The Fuck is Going On?” on a bonfire in a Swedish field, firing automatic weapons into the audience, writing a book on how to make a number one hit, dumping a dead sheep at the afterparty of the BRIT Awards and most infamously, burning £1,000,000 on an island off the coast of Scotland ...read more

The KLF (also known as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, The Timelords, Kopyright Liberation Front and other names) were one of the seminal bands of the British pop music scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s, best known worldwide for their various stunts such as burning copies of their album “1987: What The Fuck is Going On?” on a bonfire in a Swedish field, firing automatic weapons into the audience, writing a book on how to make a number one hit, dumping a dead sheep at the afterparty of the BRIT Awards and most infamously, burning £1,000,000 on an island off the coast of Scotland.

Beginning in 1987 in London, England, 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 “PlayDoctorin’ the Tardis”), as The Timelords. As The KLF, Drummond and Cauty pioneered the genres “stadium house” (rave music with a pop-rock production and sampled crowd noise) and “ambient house”. The KLF released a series of international top-ten hits on their own KLF Communications record label, and became the highest internationally selling UK band of 1991. The duo also published a book, The Manual, and worked on a road movie called The White Room.

From the outset, they adopted the philosophy espoused by esoteric novels 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. « hide

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LPs
Waiting For the Rites of Mu
1997

The White Room
1991

3.8
17 Votes
Chill Out
1990

4
52 Votes
Who Killed the Jams?
1988

3
2 Votes
1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?)
1987

EPs
Mu
1991

Doctorin' the Tardis
1988

2.8
2 Votes

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