02 January 2021 08:34

Mark Eden Coronation Street Alan Bradley

The KLF's songs are finally available to stream

KLF has for the first time added a number of tracks from its back catalog to streaming services. The British electronic duo (consisting of Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty), which scored a string of global hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s, exited the music industry in 1992. Their exit from the business came after an appearance at that year's BRIT awards, during which they fired machine gun volleys at the audience and then dropped a dead sheep at the after party. In 2018, Billboard named KLF (aka the Justified Elders of Mu Mu, the JAMs, and the Time Lords) among the top eight acts that couldn't be found on streaming services. However, this morning (January 1), nine of the duo's old songs appeared on all major streaming platforms as part of a greatest hits release titled 'Solid State Logik 1'.

The release of the music was announced through a series of posters with the KLF logo hung under the railway bridge in London, in addition to graffiti referring to the KLF. Although Drummond and Cauty have not personally claimed responsibility for the graffiti, a photograph posted on Instagram by Cauty's girlfriend shows him applying the paint. The songs that have been made available for broadcast by the KLF are as follows: « What time is love – Live downtown 3AM Eternal – From the Black Room (The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu vs Terror by Extreme Noise) ' In addition to the audio versions of the songs, eight remastered video clips have been added to YouTube, the music of which is provided with official licenses. In 2018, the KLF announced strange plans to build a pyramid from the ashes of 34,592 dead people. The text goes on to name several projects that are being prepared for release, some of which have never been heard before, including Kick Out The Jams, the Pure Trance Series, and a second volume of Solid State Logik.

Dance music duo The KLF have made a selection of their most popular songs available to stream, which had been unavailable for nearly three decades. Tracks including dance anthems "3AM Eternal" and "What Time is Love" are being made available on a new eight-song compilation entitled Solid State Logik. In 1992, the band deleted their entire back catalogue, and their music had been officially unavailable ever since, including on streaming sites services such as Spotify or Apple Music. In the years since The KLF's withdrawal from music, they have focused on other artistic pursuits, including art and writing projects, while fans have shared bootleg clips of their music and performances on YouTube. According to a statement on the official KLF YouTube page, four other releases are in the pipeline.

"KLF have appropriated the work done between 1 January 1987 and 31 December 1991 by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, The Timelords [and] The KLF," reads the statement. "This appropriation was in order to tell a story in five chapters using the medium of streaming. The announced projects include a second volume of Solid State Logik, and releases entitled Kick Out The Jams and the Pure Trance Series. The band, comprised of Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond, announced their departure from the music industry 29 years ago, during an appearance at the 1992 Brit Awards. Performing "3AM Eternal" after having tied for best group with Simply Red, The KLF shot machine-gun blanks at the audience.

The song was followed by an announcer declaring: "The KLF have left the music business."