The KLF Biography as of 20th July 1990.         KLF BIOG 012.
The KLF is the creative partnership of Jimmy Cauty and Bill
Drummond. They started working together in January 1987.
Nineteen Eighty Seven.
For the duration of 1987 they operated under the name The
Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu (The JAMS).  Using the personal alias
Rockman Rock and King Boy D, the JAMS recorded two LPs, "1987
(What The Fuck Is Going On?)" and "Who Killed The JAMS?", plus
several 12" singles.  These were released on their own label, KLF
Although primitively recorded, their Rap, Rhyme, and Scratch
approach to making music was the first to totally make use of the
cheap new sampling and computer technology.  Their liberal use of
other artists tracks within the construction of their own music
led to the infamous court case with Abba (Dancing Queen), the
outcome of which was all unsold copies of their debut album had
to be destroyed.  Second hand copies now change hands at vastly
inflated prices.
Throughout the year they gained much media exposure with their
illegal but effective use of graffiti on billboards and public
buildings.  This was done in a way where the original meaning of
the advert would be totally subverted.
Nineteen Eighty Eight.
Drummond and Cauty decided to have a Number One.  They changed
their name to The Timelords. Recorded "Doctorin' The Tardis".
Within three weeks of release, it was not only Number One in the
national charts, but the first record to be Number One in all
five applicable charts in Music Week concurrently. The record was
also a celebration of a very British strand of pop music. It went
on to repeat it's success around the world.
No Timelords follow-up was attempted.
They then wrote a book "The Manual (How to have a Number One the
Easy Way)" in which they revealed the zenarchistic methods used.
The thesis of the book being - anyone can do it.  "The Manual" has
since inspired numerous other chart hits.
November and December 1988 saw filming start on their movie "The
White Room". Directed by Bill Butt the project will not reach
completion until some time in 1991.
Nineteen Eighty Nine.
Now operating exclusively as The KLF, Drummond and Cauty release
"What Time Is Love?" and "3am Eternal". Both tracks went on to
become anthems of the huge orbital raves, at which The KLF became
a regular live attraction, blasting their audience with
polystyrene pellets some weeks, showering them with Scottish
pound notes at others.
"What Time Is Love?" inspired numerous cover versions and
sound-alikes, the best of which The KLF collected together and
released on one album entitled "The What Time Is Love Story".
As the rave season drew to a close (forever?) they coined the
phrase "ambient house" to describe a type of music they had been
working on since the remix of "Doctorin' The Tardis".  "Ambient
house" has since become a commonly used generic title.
Nineteen Ninety.
Release "Chill Out", the first ambient house LP.
In May Drummond and Cauty spent eight days on the Isle of Jura
off the West Coast of Scotland.  While there they filmed and
recorded a forty minute piece entitled "Waiting". This
will be availaable on video only.  They will be staging an art
exhibition that will be open to coincide with the release of
Their own cover version of "What Time Is Love?" was released on
30th July.
Cauty has recorded and released an album "Space" under the name
Space. Drummond is working on his second book "Zenarchy - A Case
The KLF work from a place known as Trancentral.