The KLF discography
This discography lists the key British and notable international releases of The KLF and the other pseudonyms of Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty. It also details the other releases on their independent record label, KLF Communications, by KLF-spinoff Disco 2000 and Space (Cauty's solo work). In the United Kingdom—their home country—Drummond and Cauty released six albums and a wide array of 12 " singles on KLF Communications. In other territories their material was typically issued under licence by local labels.
Although the duo's early works as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (The JAMs) aroused media interest, with many singles being awarded "single of the week" by various music publications, Drummond and Cauty neither sought nor found mainstream chart success until the release of The Timelords' million-selling DIY release "Doctorin' the Tardis" in May 1988. The KLF's single "Kylie Said to Jason", from The White Room soundtrack, was designed for chart success, but failed to reach the UK Top 100. However, The KLF achieved international chart success with the string of pop-house singles that began with "What Time Is Love? (Live at Trancentral)", and they became the internationally highest-selling singles band of 1991.
Note that this is a not a complete list; compilation appearances of otherwise available tracks, bootleg recordings, and certain very limited edition remix and promotional singles have been excluded.
|Year||Artist||Album information||Peak chart positions|
|1987||The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu||1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?)
|1988||The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu||Who Killed The JAMs?
The original vinyl LP came with the first KLF 'release', KLF Communications KLF 001: "The 1987 Completist List", the label's complete discography at the time.
|1989||The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu/The KLF||Shag Times
|The KLF/Various Artists||The "What Time Is Love?" Story
|1990||The KLF||Chill Out
|1991||The KLF||The White Room
|1997||Kopyright Liberation Front (The KLF)||Waiting for the Rights of Mu
Presumed to be a bootleg release but was sold for a limited time through normal retail channels.
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1987||"All You Need Is Love"||—||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?)|
|"Whitney Joins The JAMs"||—||4||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Singles only|
|"1987 (The JAMS 45 Edits)"||—||35||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988||"Burn the Bastards"||—||15||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Who Killed The JAMs?|
|"Doctorin' the Tardis" (as The Timelords)||1||1||2||—||4||25||10||—||—||66||16||Singles only|
|1989||"Kylie Said to Jason"||—||6||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990||"What Time Is Love?"||5||—||73||23||—||15||—||14||23||—||13||The White Room|
|1991||"3 a.m. Eternal"||1||—||3||7||—||5||5||2||4||5||1|
|"Last Train to Trancentral"||2||—||5||6||—||1||4||5||6||—||17||
|"America: What Time Is Love?"||4||—||40||3||4||4||2||6||3||57||10||Singles only|
|"It's Grim Up North"||10||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||26||—||—|
|"Justified & Ancient"||2||—||3||1||4||2||3||1||2||11||2||The White Room|
|1997||"Fuck the Millennium" (as 2K)||28||—||—||—||—||—||—||29||—||—||—||Single only|
|"—" denotes that the release did not chart|
Remixes and production work
|1990||Depeche Mode||"Policy of Truth"||"Trancentral Mix"|
|Pet Shop Boys||"So Hard"||"The KLF vs Pet Shop Boys"|
|"It Must Be Obvious"||"UFO Mix"|
|1991||Moody Boys||"What Is Dub?"||"Kings of Low Frequency Dub Version"|
|"Dub Is What?"|
The following tracks and remixes were made available only on Various Artists compilation albums. Compilation appearances by tracks which were also released on an album or single are not included. Mixes for DJs and megamixes are also excluded.
|1989||Discotec 2000||"Feel This"||Eternity Project One|
|1990||The KLF||"Build a Fire (Lenny Dee Remix)"||Energy - DJ's In The House|
|1991||The KLF||"What Time Was Love"||Give Peace A Dance: A CND Compilation|
|1995||One World Orchestra||"The Magnificent"||The Help Album|
|1990||Waiting||KLF VT007. Ambient house film with an original soundtrack.|
|1991||The Stadium House Trilogy||Picture Music International. Video performances of "3 a.m. Eternal", "Last Train to Trancentral", and "What Time Is Love?"; and a new instrumental piece, "This Is Not What The KLF Is About".|
|The Rites of Mu||Promotional VHS only; KLF VT014. "Documentary" filmed on the Isle of Jura. Aired on MTV Europe, 24 June 1992.|
The following K Foundation films have all had public screenings, but have not been released on any home video format.
|1994||Watch the K Foundation Burn a Million Quid||55 minutes of footage showing the K Foundation (Cauty and Drummond) burning one million pounds. Premiered on 23 August 1995 on the Isle of Jura.|
|1995||Pissing in the Wind||Footage of Drummond, Cauty and Mark Hawker urinating into the wind. Shot on 3 November 1995 and premiered at Glasgow University on the same day.|
|1997||This Brick||4 minutes of a still picture of a brick made from the ashes of the million pounds incinerated by the K Foundation. Premiered at the Barbican Hall, London on 17 September 1997.|
|1988||Flexidisc||"Deep Shit (Part 1)"||Given catalogue number DS 1. KLF Communications Information Sheet 8 (1990) claimed that 500 copies had been pressed but had "never been deemed safe to release".|
|Graphic novel||"Deep Shit (The Further Adventures Of The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu)"||A comic book or graphic novel drawn by Cauty (with words by Drummond) was mentioned in NME and The Face and various KLF Information Sheets.|
|Single||"Love Trance" ["Pure Trance 3"]||KLF 006. Sleeves and labels printed.|
|Single||"Turn Up the Strobe" ["Pure Trance 4"]||KLF 007. Sleeves printed.|
|Single||"E-Train To Trancentral" ["Pure Trance 5"]||KLF 008. Sleeves and labels printed.|
|Single||"The Lovers' Side" ["Pure Trance 5"]||This song also featured on the unreleased version of the album The White Room (see below).|
|1989||Single||"Deep Shit (Part 3)"||KLF 010R. Reportedly, 6 copies were pressed.|
|Album||The White Room - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||JAMS LP4. Very different from the White Room album eventually released, this widely bootlegged recording was scrapped after the commercial failure of the single "Kylie Said to Jason".|
|Film||The White Room||KLF VT006. The KLF's road movie. A rough version was completed in 1989, before The KLF decided to film an "Outer Film" to augment it. This was never completed. The "Inner Film" has been screened privately, and bootleg copies of it circulate.|
|1992||Album||The Black Room||The KLF started work on a final album, but it remains unfinished and unissued.|
Notes and references
- See the Library of Mu: list of "singles of the week". Retrieved 31 May 2006.
- Shaw, William; Klein, Ea; Rogatko, A; Herr, Hw (July 1992). "Who Killed The KLF?". Select. Vol. 147 no. 3. pp. 601–5. ISSN 0022-5347. PMID 1538437.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
- "Information Sheet Eight" (Press release). KLF Communications. August 1990.
- Bush, John. "KLF biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- "Timelords gentlemen, please!". New Musical Express. 16 May 1992.
- The KLF's complete discography is complex, and it contains many variants and obscure items of interest only to collectors. Limited edition and white label remix singles bearing the same basic catalogue numbers and no new songs (such as KLF 004Y, the Moody Boys and Echo & the Bunnymen remixes of "What Time Is Love? (Live At Trancentral)"); bootlegs; and overseas releases which offer no additional material to the definitive KLF Communications UK catalogue are all outside the scope of this article. Readers interested in collecting KLF Communications releases should refer to Lazlo's KLF discography Archived 2008-01-11 at the Wayback Machine which is the main source from which this article has been compiled.
- UK chart peaks:
- The Timelords & The KLF: "Official Charts > KLF". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- "It's Grim Up North": "Official Charts > Justified Ancients of Mu Mu". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- "Fuck the Millennium": "Official Charts > 2K". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- UK Indie chart peaks:
- The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu: "Indie Hits > J". Cherry Red Records. Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- The KLF: "Indie Hits > K". Cherry Red Records. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- The Timelords: "Indie Hits > T". Cherry Red Records. Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- ARIA chart data cited in: Butler, Ben. "Interview: The KLF's James Cauty". Rocknerd.org. Archived from the original on 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
- "Doctorin' the Tardis": "australian-charts.com > The Timelords – Doctorin' the Tardis (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- The KLF top 50 peaks: "australian-charts.com > The KLF in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- Top 100 peaks from January 1990 to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
- "Austrian chart data for The KLF". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, Hidossier 1939 - 1994
- "Swedish chart data for The KLF". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- "Swiss chart data for The KLF". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- "The KLF > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- "KLF Communications profile". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- Mason, James. "Waiting for the Rights of Mu". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-28. Listed there as a bootleg.
- Rice, J. & Roberts, D. (2000). Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th Ed.). London: Guinness Publishing.
- Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
- Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, Hitdossier 1939 - 1994
- "Norwegian chart data for The KLF". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
- "Swedish chart data for 2K". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
- "Swiss chart data for The JAMs". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
- "The KLF > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
- "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for 'KLF' (from bpi.co.uk)". Imgur.com (original source published by British Phonographic Industry). Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- "1991 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- "Gold and Platinum search results: The KLF". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
- "The ARIA Chart – Best of 1992". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2016-08-27.
- A remix of a track from the original The White Room album.
- A short re-modelling of What Time Is Love? that bears little relation to the original track.
- The following unreleased singles are not listed: "Make It Rain" and "No More Tears", which feature on The White Room. "Go To Sleep" was never scheduled, and featured on the scrapped White Room album. The "Club Mix" of "Madrugada Eterna" was released on a very limited edition white label; alternate mixes were released on Chill Out and "Kylie Said to Jason". The club mix of "It's Grim Up North" (promo only). The Pure Trance LP is excluded because of insufficient sources; it was likely either disc 2 of Shag Times (sometimes called Towards the Trance) or a compilation of the not-completed "Pure Trance" series of singles.
- "JAMs go down under". New Musical Express. 29 July 1989.
- "A Load of Pollocks?". The Face. April 1991. pp. 52–57.
- "Information Sheet Four" (Press release). KLF Communications. August 1989.
- Drummond, Bill and Mark Manning (1996). Bad Wisdom. Penguin Books. p. 206. ISBN 0-14-026118-4.
- Compiled by Ernie Longmire (aka Lazlo), 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. Longmire et al.'s discography is the principal source for this article.
- Author unknown (1991). "The KLF: Enigmatic dance duo" (feature and discography up to that time), Record Collector Magazine, April 1991.