Last night in Liverpool, the KLF returned to the streets in an ice cream van.
This weekend they’ll be curating a series of events under the banner of the Dark Ages, where ticket holders become volunteers in, well, nobody knows because there’s strict rules of participation.
So we enter the weekend not knowing what’s happening, and won’t until the end of the Dark Ages. We do however know there’s a book coming, 2023, and that’s it. It is glorious that in the year 2017 when the tiniest detail of films, books, etc are splattered across the white wall of our popular culture like a zombie’s brains, the KLF can still do stuff that surprises us.
And we enter the Dark Ages with a wee smile on our faces that they’re back…
The answer is yes, the KLF, aka, The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu aka The Timelords, aka The JAMS, are back. Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty have been doing their own thing for the last 23 years (and those who’ve read John Higgs excellent book on the KLF know the significance of the number 23) and now look to return in August with new material.
The Quietus outlines the story of their return, but as always there’s holes in the story which means the ‘truth’ will be something we never know and that’s a good thing in an age where everything is spelt out in minute detail for the hard of thinking.
The excitement started on New Year’s Day when this video was leaked online.
This was the video made for the KLF night a few months back at the Cube in Bristol which in retrospect looks to to have kicked Drummond and Cauty into some sort of action but again. we’ll probably never know.
I’m sure whatever happens they’ll be a bit more to the story of the KLF and if that results in new music, art or whatever the hell they decide to do it’ll be one of the most interesting things in what promises to be a potentially bleak year.
In 1991 the KLF released the album The White Room, which to this day is as far as I’m concerned, one of the best albums of all time. They made a series of films, including their road movie, The White Room. I’ve never seen in beyond trying to watch it on sketchy third or fourth generation bootlegs or the odd festival showing at 3am when you’re hammered so I’m chuffed that it’s popped up on my Youtube recommendations.
It’s a fantastic record of it’s time, not to mention in many cases a better time. I’d like Drummond and Caulty to do a decent release of this and their other films on DVD, but I won’t hold my breath.
So it’s just this video. Enjoy…