time to kick out the JAMS again
August 23, 2017 4:26 AM   Subscribe

It's 23 years since they burnt a million quid and the KLF have returned. They have published a book. You can read an extract in the Guardian. Meanwhile, in Liverpool, other things are happening.
posted by fearfulsymmetry (39 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
 
Yes, yes, yes, so much yes, but the question remains, are they gonna rock me?
posted by Muddler at 4:32 AM on August 23 [5 favorites]


Hope the KLF return will bring some proper magic back to the world... been far too grim these last few years.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:43 AM on August 23 [2 favorites]


...the question remains, are they gonna rock me?

From the last link:
WARNING: The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu in any of their various past, present or future guises will not be performing music.

But if you don't like what they're going to do, you better not stop them 'cause they're coming through.
(bring the beat back)
posted by quinndexter at 5:00 AM on August 23 [6 favorites]


And more importantly, Muddler, what time is love?
posted by analogue at 5:08 AM on August 23 [3 favorites]


And more importantly, Muddler, what time is love?

3AM, surely.
posted by jontyjago at 5:31 AM on August 23 [8 favorites]


Uh-huh, uh-huh.
posted by Boxenmacher at 5:32 AM on August 23 [3 favorites]


Can anyone tell me what they'll be driving between appearances?
posted by ambrosen at 5:43 AM on August 23 [1 favorite]


Can anyone tell me what they'll be driving between appearances?

The're Justified and Ancient. And they drive an ice cream van

(Also Ford Timelord)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:47 AM on August 23 [2 favorites]


"Turn up the Strobe"

(I like to think Ms. Tammy Wynette will surely Stand By the JAMs from the beyond, as they return triumphant...)
posted by Amor Bellator at 5:57 AM on August 23 [3 favorites]


Chill out, people.
posted by ardgedee at 6:02 AM on August 23 [1 favorite]


I like to think Ms. Tammy Wynette will surely Stand By the JAMs from the beyond, as they return triumphant...

Also Ricardo da Force, who provided vocals on '3 a.m. Eternal', 'Last Train to Trancentral' and 'Justified & Ancient' and sadly left us in 2013
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:07 AM on August 23 [3 favorites]


Uh-huh, uh-huh.
Boop beep boop ... boop beep boop
posted by carter at 6:07 AM on August 23 [6 favorites]


Always wanted Bill and Jimmy to be collectively named as the new Doctor Who (Doctors Who?) by the BBC - for the complete lunacy of it as they take the role from screen to the real world. Sonic Screwdriver.?....nah Sonic Weapons
posted by inflatablekiwi at 6:18 AM on August 23 [3 favorites]




Just by reading the OP without even clicking on the links, I have the best earworm already and am now rocking away at work to the KLF in my head. The KLF make me so happy.
posted by arcticseal at 7:16 AM on August 23 [1 favorite]


Also Ricardo da Force, who provided vocals on '3 a.m. Eternal', 'Last Train to Trancentral' and 'Justified & Ancient' and sadly left us in 2013

Daaaamn. fearfulsymmetry, I had no idea! Thank you for mentioning that. Off to read about it...

.
posted by Amor Bellator at 7:18 AM on August 23 [1 favorite]


One of my favourite acts...

...and not just because It's Grim Up North is, to my knowledge, the only song to have my name in the lyrics. Also for other stuff.
posted by frimble at 10:23 AM on August 23 [1 favorite]


...and not just because It's Grim Up North is, to my knowledge, the only song to have my name in the lyrics. Also for other stuff.
I imagine I'm far from the only person to have listened to that record and thought "hang on a minute, I have literally been to all of the places in those lyrics."
posted by winterhill at 10:30 AM on August 23 [1 favorite]




How could the Guardian, in their article about the book, have possibly missed the many connections and references to The Illuminatus! Trilogy? I mean, Roberta Antonia Wilson? Fernando Po(o)? It's not that obscure here in 2017, is it?

Do kids today even 'frop?
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 11:59 AM on August 23 [7 favorites]


Excellent news! Make mine a 99.
posted by Petersondub at 1:27 PM on August 23 [1 favorite]


slappy - I thought that too - I read the excerpt they had and just thought "Oh this is an homage to the Illuminatus! trilogy" - to the point where I wondered if they asked the original authors for permission.

Some bands are better because of the story line attached to them, and the KLF have just the best story. I don't really think of them as a band, more of an art project.

And if you don't like what they're going to do, better not stop because they're coming through.
posted by BigCalm at 1:55 PM on August 23 [3 favorites]


Why Did The K Foundation Burn A Million Quid? John Higgs sums it up perfectly!

If you've not read it I would utterly recommend Higg's book on the KLF - The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds (it's also v good on Dr Who)

I met Higgs at the recent(ish) London Worldcon where he did a panel on the KLF, Discordianism, Illuminatus etc etc, where he was joined by Daisy Campbell (the daughter of Ken Campbell) and a guy from the early years of Discordianism and/or a mate of Robert Anton Wilson and/or a character out of The Illuminatus! Trilogy....

...To say it was an utter headfuck is putting it mildly

Oh and going home.... The DLR carriage I randomly boarded? 23A... obviously.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:50 PM on August 23 [1 favorite]


The current number of comments will not stand. My apologies.
posted by motty at 5:18 PM on August 23


Hmm. I swear the count just went from '22 comments total' to '24 comments total' on posting my previous comment, but no extra comment seems to have been added before that one and the one from fearfulsymmetry that was there before it. Now I have to post this and count the actual number of comments by hand.
posted by motty at 5:21 PM on August 23


So, I'm too young to have witnessed the JAMMs the last time around, though I've heard of them, and I've read and dug Illuminatus, but reading the excerpt and the other stuff they're doing I'm just... not impressed? The whole thing just feels like the kind of self-important white-dude stoner-philosophy that we all grew out of after 9/11. What am I missing?
posted by Itaxpica at 6:19 PM on August 23


Chill Out, Itaxpica
posted by snuffleupagus at 6:22 PM on August 23


*pained silence among everyone in the room pretending Itaxpica didn't post*
posted by wenestvedt at 7:05 PM on August 23 [3 favorites]


hey was someone talking about the illuminatus trilogy?
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 7:53 PM on August 23 [3 favorites]


Some shaky phone footage of the ice cream van's arrival yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM0vhgNqdio

Anyone seen any good coverage?
posted by wenestvedt at 5:59 PM on August 24


What am I missing?

A 99.
posted by arcticseal at 2:18 AM on August 25


Everybody lie on the floor and remain calm.
posted by endotoxin at 1:48 PM on August 25


So I was visiting Liverpool this weekend and saw this post in advance so went to the graduation ball last night. It was great! My airbnb turned out to be nearby and I saw the fire from the balcony. Not knowing it was the final act of the three day thing the volunteers signed up for.

The party I went to was cool, mostly "volunteers" in badger face paint and JAM yellow rain jacket things. Jarvis cocker was there boogying along, he'd done a choir thing earlier. Badger kull were noisy. The klf film was good - lots of cgi of the shard as the JAM pyramid. No klf music was played, they did warn of us of that tho - no more easy number ones for them I guess.

Generally had a feeling of nostalgia, the audience was middle aged. Like alternative and like the idea of burning money, but we got mortgages to pay. The guardian has a much better write up of the whole three days and party.
posted by JonB at 9:56 AM on August 26 [3 favorites]




Badger Kull Central
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:40 AM on August 27


More out there if you want it... remember to widen your reality tunnel
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:42 AM on August 27




mumufication
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:11 AM on August 28


Huh....so.....for £10,998 you can (supposedly) be buried by the KLF if you live in the UK?

At least until November of 2018.
posted by snuffleupagus at 7:29 AM on August 28


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