3 a.m. Eternal (Christmas Top Of The Pops)

A-side label reading "A 45RPM 3 A.M. Eternal Christmas Top Of The Pops 1991 KLF 5 T.O.T.P."

Since they were not allowed to perform their re-recorded collaboration with Extreme Noise Terror at Top Of The Pops, The KLF released 3 a.m. Eternal (Christmas Top Of The Pops) as a limited mail-order only single in January 1992. The new version combined elements of the KLF’s #1 single with trash metal guitar riffs and growled vocals.

Both bands went on to perform a similar version at the BRIT Awards ceremony in front of a baffled and (mildly) shocked audience one month later.

Due to Bill and Jimmy retiring The KLF in May 1992 this remains the only ever finished track related to the Black Room recording sessions.


This one-sided, white label, 1,000 copies only, your-mates-won’t-have-it-and-you-will seven inch monster is in the great tradition of KLF product, not as shiningly beautiful as ‘Last Train To Trancentral’ or quite as bonkers as ‘Justified And Ancient’, but any band who can discern the secret link between hardcore trash and hardcore dance are well worth the candle. This is a record that makes you laugh ’til your ears bleed.
NME, 11 Jan 1992 (Mail Order Single Of The Week)

Tracks & Formats


7″ Single / Jan 1992
A 3 a.m. Eternal (Christmas Top Of The Pops) 2:43

As with most limited KLF vinyl releases this one has been heavily bootlegged in the past as well. You can find more information about these in our FAQ section.

1 thought on “3 a.m. Eternal (Christmas Top Of The Pops)

  1. I can recall sitting in the office reading about this in the NME in 92 and wanting it so bad but didn’t have my cheque book on me to mail off, so got one of the women in the office to write a cheque for me and sent off, plopped through the door a couple of weeks later, terrorised the neighbours with it for weeks afterwards :D, picked up a clear vinyl copy of it along with a bright orange J&A at a local record fair not long after for a few quid, bargain !

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