In 1992 British pop/rave duo, The KLF deleted their entire catalogue of music. On January 1st a surprise compilation hit streaming services.
I don’t know if you ever tried to look up music made by ’90s British pop/rave act The KLF on streaming sites? I did. It wasn’t there.
Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond, best known as the principle members of The KLF, quit the music business in 1992. In the process the pair deleted the group’s entire catalogue of music. Their records have remained absent from streaming sites. That is, until January 1st 2021.
Kicking off the new year with a surprise resurrection, The KLF have released ‘Solid State Logik 1’, a 30 minute compilation of their biggest 7″ hits with the promise of further re-issues and outtakes to come.
The compilation is made up of 8 tracks starting with the raucous single ‘Doctorin’ the Tardis’, a song released under the band name, The Timelords. As The KLF the bands biggest tracks are present including ‘What Time is Love?’, 3AM Eternal, Last Train to Trancentral’, ‘America: What Time is Love?’ and ‘Justified and Ancient’ which notably featured vocals by legendary country and western star, Tammy Wynette.
Two further tracks released under the performing name, The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, complete the compilation. ‘It’s Grim up North’ and a hardcore punk version of ‘3AM Eternal’ performed alongside Extreme Noise Terror.
In addition to a best-of compilation, the group have added music videos for each of the tracks on YouTube.
There’s more to come too. Posters have been found around London that allude to further releases. Five “chapters” are listed that include ‘Solid State Logik 2’, ‘Kick Out the Jams’, Pure Trance Series’, ‘Come Down Dawn’ and ‘Moody Boys Selected’. The posters promise that there will also be outtakes.
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So why reissue their music now? Another poster gives some brutally honest insight from a group that never worried about courting controversy. It reads: “Why? Because we’re fuuking stupid and ran out of ideas. Now we need the money back“. This sentiment referencing Cauty and Drummond’s “performance art” statement in 1994 where they burned one million pounds earned through their music.
‘Solid State Logik 1’ is available to stream now on all major platforms.