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.[n 1]
|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 Completeist 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||Artist||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1987||"All You Need Is Love"
||The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu||—||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?)|
|"Whitney Joins The JAMs"
|"1987 (The JAMS 45 Edits)"
|"I Gotta CD"
||The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu||—||5||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988||"Burn the Bastards" / "Burn the Beat"[n 2]
||The KLF[n 3]||—||15||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Who Killed The JAMs?|
|"One Love Nation"
||Disco 2000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Singles only|
|"Doctorin' the Tardis"
|"What Time Is Love?
(Pure Trance Original)"
|1989||"Uptight (Everything's Alright)"
|"3 a.m. Eternal
(Pure Trance Original)"
|"Kylie Said to Jason"
|1990||"Last Train to Trancentral
(Pure Trance Original)"
|"What Time Is Love?
(Live at Trancentral)"
|5||—||73||23||—||15||—||14||23||—||13||The White Room|
|1991||"3 a.m. Eternal (Live at the S.S.L.)"
|"Last Train to Trancentral
(Live from the Lost Continent)"
|"America: What Time Is Love?"
|"It's Grim Up North"
||The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu||10||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||26||—||—|
|"Justified and Ancient
(Stand by The JAMs)"[n 5]
|The KLF (featuring Tammy Wynette)||2||—||3||1||4||2||3||1||2||11||2|
|1992||"3 a.m. Eternal"[n 6]
||The KLF with Extreme Noise Terror||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993||"K Cera Cera
(War Is Over If You Want It)"[n 7]
|The K Foundation presents
The Red Army Choir
|1997||"Fuck the Millennium"||2K (featuring Acid Brass)||28||—||—||—||—||—||—||29||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes that the release did not chart|
Remixes and production workEdit
|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)"[n 8]||Energy - DJ's In The House|
|1991||The KLF||"What Time Was Love"[n 9]||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 island 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 island 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.|
|The Manual (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way)||KLF Publications||ISBN 0-86359-616-9|
|2023: A Trilogy||Faber & Faber||ISBN 9780571342242|
|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.|
- 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 (Longmire, Ernie; et al. (2020) . "Discography: The KLF (including The JAMS, The Timelords, 2K etc.)". Archived from the original on 29 February 2020.) which is the main source from which this article has been compiled.
- According to the label of "Burn The Bastards", "this is a transition record" between The JAMs and The KLF.
- "Burn the Beat" was the name of an instrumental remix of "Burn the Bastards" and also the name of a separate single containing remixes of the song. The singles are credited to The KLF, but the original recording is taken from the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu album Who Killed The JAMs?. For more information see Burn the Bastards.
- Pure Trance 3 ("Love Trance"), 4 ("Turn Up the Strobe"), and the original Pure Trance 5 ("E-Train to Trancentral") were not released, although sleeves and labels were printed. "E-Train to Trancentral" and "Last Train to Trancentral (Pure Trance Original)" may be alternate names for the same recording.
- The last single by The KLF to be sold through normal retail channels.
- Limited edition, mail order-only release.
- Released as a limited edition single in Israel and Palestine in November 1993.
- 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; in the words of Peter Robinson, an "explosion, followed by 99 seconds of post-nuclear rumbling".
- 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.
- Longmire, Ernie; et al. (2020) . "Discography: The KLF (including The JAMS, The Timelords, 2K etc.)". Archived from the original on 29 February 2020.
- See the Library of Mu: list of "singles of the week". Retrieved 31 May 2006.[dead link] A browsable list of reviews is archived
- Shaw, William (July 1992). "Who Killed The KLF". Select. Cite has empty unknown parameters:
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- "The White Room - Information Sheet Eight". KLF Communications. August 1990. Cite has empty unknown parameters:
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- Bush, John. KLF at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
- "Timelords gentlemen, please!". NME. 16 May 1992. Cite has empty unknown parameters:
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- 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.
- The 1987 Completeist List (sic). KLF Communications. KLF 001. Included with Who Killed The JAMs?. The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. KLF Communications. February 1988. JAMS LP 2.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Mason, James. Waiting for the Rights of Mu - The KLF at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
- 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.
- Burn the Bastards (Media notes). The KLF. KLF Communications. 1988. KLF 002T.CS1 maint: others (link)
- "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.
- Robinson, Peter (5 January 2017). "The KLF are back (sort of) – and it's exactly what 2017 needs". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
- "JAMs go down under". New Musical Express. 29 July 1989.
- "A Load of Pollocks?". The Face. April 1991. pp. 52–57.
- Drummond, Bill; Cauty, Jimmy (August 1989). "KLF Info Sheet 4". KLF Communications. Cite has empty unknown parameters:
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- Drummond, Bill; Manning, Mark (1996). Bad Wisdom. London: Penguin Books. p. 206. ISBN 978-0140261189.
- "The KLF: Enigmatic dance duo" (feature and discography up to that time), Record Collector Magazine, April 1991.