It has been 25 years since the 1992 Brit Awards when electronica pioneers The KLF were given the honour of kickstarting proceedings at the award ceremony.
The duo performed ‘3.a.m. Eternal’ with grindcore act Extreme Noise Terror in front of many music business executives in suits, with several important figures either stunned or disgusted at the move.
Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty of The KLF had planned on chucking sheep’s blood over the audience before being met by several BBC lawyers to prevent such a grotesque antic. Instead, Drummond was acting as a demented, limping cigar-chomper who fired blanks from a M16 gun into the crowd. Following their performance, The KLF’s narrator and promoter Scott Piering announced over the PA system that “The KLF have now left the music business”.
The chaos didn’t stop there. The duo planted a dead sheep at the entrance of the ceremony afterparty with a note tied around its waist that said: “I died for you – bon appetit.”
The KLF then officially retired three months after the series of stunts at the Brit Awards and burned a million pounds to emphasise their contempt at the music industry, as well as deleting their entire discography.
At the start of 2017, rumours of The KLF reuniting were fuelled by a poster in Hackney, London with a heading that proclaimed ‘2017: What the F**k Is Going On?’ A return for the duo is disguised as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, with something commencing on 23rd August 2017.