In the wake of the upcoming “Burn The Shard” event the L-13 Light Industrial Workshop just announced three new accompanying items by The JAMs on their Vimeo page – a poster, an audio book narrated by Daisy Eris Campbell with a running time of over 9 hours, and a 7″ single including “The Ballad Of Yoko and John” and “Burn The Shard” which seem to be spoken word only (probably taken from the audiobook?).
All items will be available on site from the Ice Cream Van on Thursday first before they will be made available online on the L-13 website a day later.
With only slightly more than a month to go another poster surrounding the “2023” event surfaced on Faber & Faber’s twitter wall today, announcing preorders for the Liverpool event.
Welcome To The Dark Ages
The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu will have completed their The Twenty Three Year Moratorium on 23rd August 2017. The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu will be marking this completion in a number of ways.
Firstly with the publication of their novel 2023. 2023 will be published by Faber & Faber on 23rd August. All review copies will be delivered on or after that date.
Secondly, over three days in the UK city of Liverpool, they will host:
Liverpool: Welcome To The Dark Ages.
The three days are the 23rd, 24th and 25th August 2017. The titles of each of these three days are:
Day One – Why Did The K Foundation Burn A Million Quid?
Day Two – 2023: What The Fuuk Is Going On?
Day Three – The Rites of MuMufication.
There will only be 400 tickets available.
There are no guest lists.
There are no press passes.
Every one of the 400 ticket holders will be expected to be Volunteers.
WARNING: The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu in any of their various past, present or future guises will not be performing music.
The newly mentioned Liverpudlian music magazine Bido Lito! has been busy posting some new imagery and videos on its Facebook page as well as featuring an extensive article on the “2023/Dark Ages” event in the current issue.
Amazon have recently updated their synopsis of The JAMS’ “2023”. We will leave it up to you to decide whether or not this makes things more clear.
In the Spring of 2013, the undertakers Cauty & Drummond were on a tour of the Western Isles of Scotland. It was while staying at Jura’s one hotel that they came across a strange-looking book. The book was titled Back in the USSR and authored by someone using the name of Gimpo. Back in the USSR was the memoir of a young woman who had been a nurse in the Falklands War in 1982.
Gimpo ended up in Kiev in what was then the Soviet state of The Ukraine. Here she met with two women named Tat’jana and Kristina who went under numerous aliases, the most widely used being The KLF. Also in Back in the USSR it was claimed that Tat’jana and Kristina had been heavily influenced by a book originally written in English as The Twenty Twenty-Three! Trilogy by someone calling themselves George Orwell. But this George Orwell was in turn the pen name of Roberta Antonia Wilson.
What you are about to read is what they read – well, almost. As for Back in the USSR, if we are able to sell the initial edition of this book and make a return on our investment, we hope to publish that. As for the current whereabouts of Tat’jana and Kristina, we have no idea. They were last seen disappearing into the depths of the Black Sea in their decommissioned Project 865 Piranha submarine. This supposed disappearance happened on 23 August 1994. Rumour on the internet has it they would not reappear for another twenty-three years.
The name of Kristina most probably refers to Kristina Brunk, one of the fictional musicians appearing on Kalevala Records, the short lived Finnish label invented by Bill Drummond and Mark Manning. At this point it is unclear how all of this is supposed to tie in with the Triptych.
On March 21st (but for reasons beyond our understanding not having been posted on our website until now) instead of another poster a strange DVD-R appeared taped to the wall in the usual spot, featuring a trailer for the upcoming 2023 Triptych.
2023 – The Triptych is a film projected onto three vertical screens.
It is not a dramatisation of the book 2023 but a response to it.
It has no dialogue or musical soundtrack.
It lasts for 69 minutes and can be streamed to mobile phones or projected onto large cliffs.
If and how this trailer ties in with the upcoming book remains to be seen – like previous communications posted by The JAMS this one again raises more questions than answers.
Furthermore, most channels of communications went offline after the trailer got distributed, including Jimmy’s twitter account and website. For now the K2 Plant Hire Ltd. website remains the only source of information though there have been no new posts in quite a while now.
This probably means that we got all the information we need and just have to put the whole picture together now…
A second poster got shared via K2 Plant Hire’s twitter feed this morning, prominently featuring the People’s Pyramid hovering over a cornfield and announcing “2023 – A trilogy by The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu”.
People quickly spotted an additional bit of information not found on the first poster – the company logo of book publisher Faber & Faber. Speculation quickly evolved into fact as an actual listing of “2023” appeared on their website (and Amazon) not much later.
Well we’re back again,
They never kicked us out,
twenty thousand years of
SHOUT SHOUT SHOUT
Down through the epochs and out across the continents, generation upon generation of the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu have told variants of the same story – an end of days story, a final chapter story. But with one hope, even if the hope at times seems forlorn. The story contained in this trilogy is the latest telling. Here it is presented as a utopian costume drama, set in the near future, written in the recent past.
Read with care.
REMEMBERED – TOLD – TRANSCRIBED for K 2 Plant Hire Ltd.
Their website describes the book as 352 pages thick and scheduled for release on the 23rd of August – the date many of us probably already circled in their calendars.
In the aftershock of this month’s announcement some publications were fast on turning excitement into exaggeration, so we thought it necessary to point out some facts or, at the very least, debunk some rumours.
The KLF have not announced their return.
At this point no music releases have been teased, be it reissues or freshly recorded material.
There will be no new Jimmy/Alex collaboration. This particular rumour came from a news page which took the then slightly dated Positive Void website for the official K2 Plant Hire Ltd. homepage.
At this point the only official information is that The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu are gonna unveil their sculpture The Twenty-Three Year Moratorium on August 23rd as announced via the K2 Plant Hire poster and the liner notes from Bill Drummond’s “Imagine…” DVD.
In the meantime, everybody lie down on the floor and keep calm.
There has been some speculation over a recently surfaced video hinting at a possible return of The KLF in 2017, making the news even beyond the usual music magazines.
After a brief statement by Bill Drummond shared on KILTR by Brian Beadie (which of course cannot easily be verified but sounds about believable to us) now Jimmy Cauty has tweeted a link to K2 Plant Hire’s official Twitter account, making an identical statement about the recent rumours and denying a possible return.
However, the very same statement mentions that “[…] The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu are currently at work in their light industrial unit. This work will not be made public until the 23rd of August 2017.”
Ever since The KLF left the music business (and even before that) bootlegs of rare and sought-after releases have been floating around. Some of them have been labours of love, others rather blatant cash grabs with the line between those two getting blurry sometimes. What they mostly have in common is that they are either scarce enough to not devalue the originals or at least of reasonable quality.
Lately a commercial seller by the name of Big Blue Media has started flooding eBay with custom bootlegs of either proper KLF Comms releases or self-compiled sets of tracks under a common theme.Some of them have already been bought and resold at ridiculous prices despite neither including anything of obvious rarity nor looking like any effort has been put into them.
Be advised that these are not official KLF Communications releases. We can only recommend not to support this kind of blatantly ripping of other people by tricking them into thinking they will receive a “rare DJ only promo CD” suddenly popping up in huge amounts 24 years after The KLF have split.
Several people (including us) have already reported those auctions in the past. So far eBay hasn’t deemed it necessary to act on the issue. At this point we can only continue to report new listings and encourage people to invest their money more wisely.
While there is an endless number of cover versions of The KLF’s 1990 single “What Time Is Love?” out there only a few of them have had truly prolific names associated with them, so it’s a welcome surprise to add the recently reunited house heavyweights Lifelike & Kris Menace (of “Discopolis” fame) to this list.
“Lifelike & Kris Menace are back after recently re-uniting to team up on ‘Ecstasy’ which came out on Spinnin records in May. They’ve now jumped back in the studio to bring out a rework of early 90s KLF classic ‘What Time is Love’, courtesy of renowned duo Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty. This track has been going round as an ID for a while now, played by a huge amount of DJs (incl Joris Voorn, James Zabiela, Shadow Child, Miguel Campbell, Guy J, DJ Hell, Nicole Moudaber and loads more) and we can reveal its Lifelike & Kris Menace.” – (from Data Transmission)
What especially elevates their version above all the others is the official consent they received from Bill himself.
“This track was so special to us, as it’s from the first dance album I ever bought back in the early 90’s. The KLF always represented this new electronic indie scene who took over the majors, and their album “The White Room” is a real masterpiece for us. When we tracked down Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty to see if they would agree to let us rework “What Time Is Love?” I wasn’t expecting any answer. Incredibly, not only did I receive a mail from Bill himself, but also a “thanks for sending this”, ending the mail with “you’ll hear from us, be certain of that. Hope it is warmer where you are than here, yours Bill”. We couldn’t have dreamt of a better answer. From then it all moved really fast and here we are now, introducing the brand new reworked version.”
The track will be digitally released on July 18th.