Disco 2000

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This article is about the British pop band. For the song by Pulp, see Disco 2000 (song). For the short story collection, see Disco 2000 (anthology).
Disco 2000
Origin London, England
Genres Pop
Years active 1987–1989
Labels KLF Communications
Associated acts The KLF
Brilliant
Past members Cressida Cauty[1]
June Montana

Disco 2000 was a British pop band, a side project of The KLF. Vocals were handled by Cressida Cauty (wife of KLF co-founder Jimmy Cauty) and June Montana, also known as Mo (former vocalist of Jimmy Cauty's previous band Brilliant). Between 1987 and 1989, Disco 2000 released three singles on the KLF Communications label, none of which entered the top 75 of the UK Singles Chart.

History[edit]

In 1981, Cressida Bowyer and Jimmy Cauty performed in the band Angels 1–5.[2] They later married. Between 1983 and 1986, Jimmy Cauty and June Montana were members of the band Brilliant, in which Jimmy Cauty played guitar.[3] Brilliant were signed to WEA Records by their A&R man of the time, Bill Drummond, but despite considerable investment, the act was commercially unsuccessful. Tired of his job and disillusioned with the industry, Drummond left WEA in July 1986, and some months later co-founded The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (The JAMs) with Jimmy Cauty. The duo established an independent record label, KLF Communications, as a means to release The JAMs' material, and, as a side project, they dabbled in pop music with 'Disco 2000', a group fronted and vocalised by Cressida Cauty and Mo Brathwaite, who arrived from Leicester. Disco 2000's debut single, the first of three, was "I Gotta CD", released on 30 October 1987. Neither this nor its follow-ups "One Love Nation" (1988) and "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" (1989) entered the UK Singles Chart,[4] despite the pop production sound and some publicity, including music videos for "One Love Nation" and "Uptight".[5][6] A track entitled "Feel This" was contributed by the group to the 1989 Eternity Project One LP (assembled by former Brilliant member Martin Glover), under the name 'Discotec 2000'.

Cressida and Jimmy Cauty later set up home in a squat that also housed the KLF Communications recording studio, Trancentral.[3] As Drummond and Jimmy Cauty dedicated themselves to The KLF, Cressida took on an organisational role for KLF Communications,[7] in addition to design and choreography work for The KLF, and her own work as an artist.[3]

Reviews[edit]

Reporting on a 1988 gig by Disco 2000, NME writer Barbara Ellen described Mo and Cressida Cauty as "two raucous, wicked, hideously beautiful she-cats with diamonds for brains.... For men, Disco 2000 must be like sex without the draggy chat-up scenario, Mae West without the lard, Madonna staked out in a jacuzzi looking anything but helpless."[8]

In 1987, NME reviewer James Brown described Disco 2000's single "I Gotta CD" as "A captivating KLF offshoot from the Jamms' backing singers crammed with slogans, metal solos, Farley Jackmaster style pianos, and gorgeously rank clap-a-long choruses. Addictive."[9] NME also considered "I Gotta CD" alongside The JAMs' "Whitney Joins The JAMs" and "Down Town" in remarking upon the "accessibility" and increasing "dance-awareness" of KLF Communications releases.[10]

In 2005, International DJ magazine ranked Disco 2000's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)"—a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight"—amongst the twenty "worst cover versions in the history of dance music": "The KLF had some brilliant ideas, but forming their own girl group and covering this classic Stevie Wonder Motown stomper wasn't one of them. The resulting lurid day-glo fusion of Stock, Aitken and Waterman pop, edit-heavy '80s house and dodgy female rap was possibly one of the worst records in the history of the world."[11] In contrast, a retrospective piece on the work of The KLF and related acts by Trouser Press magazine called "Uptight" "entertaining" and "like Bananarama on a rap tip".[12]

Discography[edit]

I Gotta CD
Artist: Disco 2000
Year: 1987
Catalogue Number: KLF Communications D 2000

One Love Nation
Artist: Disco 2000
Year: 1988
Catalogue Number: KLF Communications D 2002

Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Artist: Disco 2000
Year: 1989
Catalogue Number: KLF Communications D 2003

A cover of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)".

Formats and track listings[edit]

Format (and countries)[5] Track number
1 2 3 4
I Gotta CD
7" white-label promo single (UK) (limited edition of 500) cd
12" single (UK) CD L
One Love Nation
12" single (UK) o O OC
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
7" single (UK, rest of European Community) u h
12" single (UK, Germany, rest of European Community) U H
CD single (European Community) u h U H

Key

cd – "I Gotta CD (7" edit)" (3:47) OC – "One Love Nation (Club Mix)" (5:18)
CD – "I Gotta CD" (6:50) u – "Uptight (Everything's Alright) (Banana 2000)" (3:40)
L – "I Love Disco 2000" (5:25) U – "Uptight (Everything's Alright) (Discorama Mix)" (4:45)
o – "One Love Nation (Radio Edit)" (3:40) h – "Mr Hotty Loves You (edit)" (4:28)
O – "One Love Nation (Full Length)" (6:09) H – "Mr Hotty Loves You" (6:14)

References[edit]

  1. ^ It is believed that Cressida Cauty and June Montana alone were Disco 2000, with Drummond and Jimmy Cauty involved as producers/musicians. Sources: "Rockman is already doing some work with Disco 2000", KLF Communications Info Sheet, 22 January 1988 (link); "K.L.F Communications house band, The KLF, will be... working on some tracks with Disco 2000", KLF Communications Info Sheet One (link), 10 March 1988
  2. ^ "Keeping it Peel", BBC Peel Sessions catalogue, BBC Online (link)
  3. ^ a b c Sharkey, A., "Trash Art & Kreation", The Guardian Weekend, 21 May 1994 (link).
  4. ^ Rice, J. and Roberts, D. (2000) Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th Ed.), Guinness Publishing Ltd., London.
  5. ^ a b Longmire, Ernie et al. (2005), KLF discography. This has been the authoritative KLF discography on the internet for some 10 years or more and has been the subject of long-term scrutiny and peer review by KLF fans and collectors. It is now maintained by the fan site klf.de.
  6. ^ Brown, J., "Disco 2000 out-bugging the bad guys", New Musical Express, 7 May 1988 (link).
  7. ^ Cauty, C., "KLF Info Sheet 6", KLF Communications, August 1989 (link).
  8. ^ Ellen, B., "Disco 2000 – Kings Cross The Bell" (live-performance review), New Musical Express, 20 February 1988 (link).
  9. ^ Brown, J., "I Gotta CD", New Musical Express, 28 November 1987 (link)
  10. ^ Brown, J., "2000 OD", New Musical Express, 5 December 1987.
  11. ^ Deeks, R. and Anniss, M., "Worst cover versions", International DJ magazine, Issue 68, December 2005 (link).
  12. ^ Robbins, I., Trouser Press magazine (link)