Disco 2000 (band)

Disco 2000 was a British pop band, a side project of The KLF. Vocals were handled by Cress (Cressida Cauty, née Bowyer), then-wife of KLF co-founder Jimmy Cauty, and "Mo". 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.

Disco 2000
OriginLondon, England
GenresPop
Years active1987–1989
LabelsKLF Communications
Associated actsThe KLF
Past members"Cress" (Cressida Cauty)
"Mo"[n 1]

HistoryEdit

In 1981, Cressida Bowyer and Jimmy Cauty performed in the band Angels 1–5.[7] They later married.[8] In 1987, Jimmy Cauty teamed up with Bill Drummond to form The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (The JAMs).[6]/ The duo established an independent record label, KLF Communications,[9] 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 "Cress" (Cressida Cauty) and "Mo".[10] Disco 2000's debut single, the first of three, was "I Gotta CD", released on 30 October 1987.[10] Neither this nor its follow-up "One Love Nation" (1988)[10] entered the UK Singles Chart.[11] A third single, "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" (1989) peaked at #86 in the UK chart.[12] Music videos were filmed for "One Love Nation" and "Uptight".[10][13] A track entitled "Feel This" was contributed by the group to the 1989 Eternity Project One LP, compiled by Martin Glover "(Eternity", better known as "Youth"),[14] under the name 'Discotec 2000'.[10]

Cressida and Jimmy Cauty later set up home in a squat that also housed the KLF Communications recording studio, Trancentral.[15] As Drummond and Jimmy Cauty dedicated themselves to The KLF, Cressida took on an organisational role for KLF Communications,[16] in addition to design and choreography work for The KLF, and her own work as an artist.[15]

ReviewsEdit

Reporting on a 1988 gig by Disco 2000, NME writer Barbara Ellen described Mo and Cress 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."[17]

In November 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."[3] A few weeks later, he remarked on the "accessibility" and increasing "dance-awareness" of recent KLF Communications releases "I Gotta CD", "Whitney Joins The JAMs" and "Down Town".[18]

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."[4] 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".[5]

DiscographyEdit

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 listingsEdit

Format (and countries)[10] 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)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ KLF Communications Info Sheets seem to suggest that Cress and Mo alone were Disco 2000, with Drummond and Jimmy Cauty involved as producers/musicians.[1][2] The band was, however, considered to be at the very least an 'offshoot' of The KLF.[3][4][5] On the other hand, a 1992 piece in Select listed Disco 2000 as an alias of The KLF.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Drummond, Bill (22 January 1988). "KLF Info Sheet". KLF Communications. Rockman is already doing some work with Disco 2000 Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 16 September 2016.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/501
  2. ^ Drummond, Bill (10 March 1988). "1988 Info Sheet One". KLF Communications. K.L.F Communications house band, The KLF, will be... working on some tracks with Disco 2000 Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 16 September 2016.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/502
  3. ^ a b Brown, James (28 November 1987). "I Gotta CD". New Musical Express (review). Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 16 September 2016.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/47
  4. ^ a b Deeks, Russell; Anniss, Matt (December 2005). "Worst cover versions". International DJ. No. 68. Archived from the original on 3 September 2006.
  5. ^ a b Robbins, Ira. "KLF". Trouser Press.
  6. ^ a b Shaw, William (July 1992). "Who Killed The KLF". Select. Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 11 October 2016.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/315
  7. ^ "BBC - Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 01/07/1981 Angels 1 - 5". bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Jimmy Cauty is the Jam Jar rebel". Evening Standard. 24 May 2011.
  9. ^ King, Richard (22 March 2012). "How indie labels changed the world". The Guardian.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Longmire, Ernie; et al. (2020) [1998]. "Discography: The KLF (including The JAMS, The Timelords, 2K etc.)". Archived from the original on 29 February 2020.
  11. ^ Rice, J. and Roberts, D. (2000) Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th Ed.), Guinness Publishing Ltd., London.
  12. ^ "Official Charts > Disco 2000". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  13. ^ Brown, James (7 May 1988). "Disco 2000 out-bugging the bad guys". New Musical Express.
  14. ^ Shapiro, Peter (1999). The Rough Guide to Drum 'n' Bass. Rough Guides. p. 327. ISBN 1-85828-433-3.
  15. ^ a b Sharkey, Alix (21 May 1994). "Trash Art & Kreation". The Guardian Weekend. Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 16 September 2016.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/384
  16. ^ Cauty, Cressida (August 1989). "KLF Info Sheet 6". KLF Communications. Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 16 September 2016.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/506
  17. ^ Ellen, Barbara (20 February 1988). "Disco 2000 – Kings Cross The Bell". New Musical Express (live-performance review). Archived (via the Library of Mu) on 16 September 2016.Wikipedia:WikiProject The KLF/LibraryOfMu/66
  18. ^ Brown, James (5 December 1987). "2000 OD". New Musical Express.