Published Jan 03, 2017Avant-garde electronic act the KLF garnered a reputation for wild antics during their run in the 1980s and '90s, pulling off stunts like firing rounds of machine gun blanks into their audience, delivering a dead sheep to a 1992 BRIT Awards afterparty and setting £1 million on fire on a boathouse in Scotland in 1994. And it seems the duo (composed of Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty) are keeping things as weird as ever, thanks to a mysterious new message that could be hinting at a 2017 reunion.
The band are known to have drawn inspiration from Robert Shea's The Illuminatus! Trilogy, a book detailing the 23 enigma — a theory that places importance on the number 23 and whose subscribers believe that most incidents and events directly correlate to that number. Now, 23 years on from the infamous money-burning stunt, a documentary bizarrely titled KLF 01 01 2017 WTF FOUND VHS has been unearthed.
The video clip was shared along with the following cryptic message:
On New Year's Day 1987 the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu were formed.
On New Year's Day 1987 were the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu formed?
V.H.S. CONCERNING(?) :
LORD ROCK AND TIME BOY
A.K.A. THE TIMELORDS
A.K.A. ROCKMAN ROCK AND KINGBOY D.
A.K.A. THE JUSTIFIED ANCIENTS OF MU MU
A.K.A. THE JAMS
A.K.A. THE KLF
A.K.A. THE FALL
A.K.A. THE FOREVER ANCIENTS LIBERATION LOOPHOLE
A.K.A. THE FRANK AND ERNEST SHOW
A.K.A. THE K FOUNDATION
2017 – WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?
On 01/01/1987 Bill Drummond said to Jimmy Cauty "LET'S FORM A BAND CALL 'THE JUSTIFIED ANCIENTS OF MU MU'"
On 23/08/1994 The K Foundation burnt one million quid.
2017-1994 = 23
The message makes reference to a number of monikers that Drummond and Cauty released music under, ending on a hopeful note for fans that have been waiting on a substantial follow-up to the 1994 incident (which was later turned into a film aptly titled Watch the K Foundation Burn a Million Quid).
It's unclear exactly what might be in the works for the KLF (or whatever banner Drummond and Cauty might be working under), but something's definitely up.
While we await further details about "What the fuck is going on?" in 2017, watch the new KLF 01 01 2017 WTF FOUND VHS video clip below.