The return of the KLF: pop’s greatest provocateurs take on a post-truth world
It is 23 years since the KLF burned 1m and curdled their back on the music industry. They have now recalled with 2023, a piece of dystopian metafiction could it be just what our consumer culture desires? We take a first look
So why exactly did KLF determine PS1m on fire? It’s been a burning question for 23 years, as pop’s greatest provocateurs chose to let hearsay, assumption and myth around the publicity stunt- held on the Scottish island of Jura and pointing their job on 23 August 1994- whirl about unanswered for two decades. Until now.
The return of development projects constituted by Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty in 1987- which has dwell hibernating in a self-imposed standstill of 23 years- returned at 00.23 am on the morning of Wednesday 23 August. As Drummond and Cauty drove into a backstreet of Liverpool in an ice-cream van to originate three days of happens, their first brand-new slog- a trilogy of dystopian fiction, an” goal of daytimes fib”, announced 2023: A Trilogy– simultaneously descended online.
Yet this is not a record for those working go looking for simple reacts, and is obtuse as KLF, who have publicized it under their other name, the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. It is a multi-layered, self-referential meta narrative, starting with two undertakers, Cauty and Drummond, who discovered a life-changing work announced 2023: A Trilogy on a inn bookshelf. It was written by “George Orwell”, the pseudonym for one Roberta Antonia Wilson, 33 years ago.” What you are about to read is exactly what predicted- well nearly ,” speaks the preface, adding that it has been translated from Ukrainian.