Who Killed The JAMS?

While critics might label Who Killed The JAMS? as ‘more of the same’ the follow-up album to 1987 saw The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu refine their style, with the closing track Burn The Bastards hinting at the musical path the duo would travel down in the not too distant future.

Some copies of Who Killed The JAMS? included “The 1987 Completeist List” (KLF001), a pictoral discography of past releases which also featured small-size replicas of the letters The JAMs had received from the MCPS and the enigmatic Don Lucknowe. It is interesting to note that the Completeist List claims the album to include twelve tracks in total rather than just seven.

Original Tracklist

The LP does not come with a proper tracklist. Instead the track titles were announced by Drummond and Cauty in Info Sheet #1.

The reason there was no track listing with the record was that to enable us to get the record out as fast as possible after we had finished recording it, we had to deliver the art work to the printers before Christmas at which time we didn’t know what the tracks were to be called.King Boy D (Info Sheet #1, Mar 1988)

A bootleg taken from the Master Room tapes gives away some of the work-in-progress titles for a couple of tracks, most notably Disaster Fund Collection (which was originally titled The Cage), Prestwich Prophet’s Grin (was Clean Up Men, a reference to Betty Wright’s Clean Up Woman of which the JAMs’ track samples the opening) and Burn The Bastards (was JAM’s Have A Party). A couple of these also do appear in a review in Sounds (?) which further confirms the original tracklist.

Furthermore the press release for Disco 2000’s One Love Nation suggests that Candystore (of which One Love Nation is a re-write) was originally called I Hate This House.


[…] Wagner, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, Sixties girl groups, Scottish mythology and an accent not dissimilar to the undertaker’s in ‘Dad’s Army’ are cut up on the slab and ‘sampled’ through a series of B movie rock ‘n’ roll gestures, with a gleeful disrespect for rap etiquette.

At best, this is funny, at worst… well, I’m sure the perpetrators find it amusing. But then I’d wager that fun […] is the main motive behind this disc.

Jim Reid, Record Mirror, 1988
Jim Reid
A certain feeling of anti-climax unfortunately infects this record, you feel you’ve had a good time but find it hard to remember when. It all seems slightly hollow and hazy when the lights go up. The endless party abruptly burns itself out and for the listener there’s nowhere else to go.
Edwin Pouncey, NME, 13 Feb 1988
Edwin Pouncey

Tracks & Formats


A1 Candystore 3:08
A2 Candyman 3:27
A3 Disaster Fund Collection 5:42
A4 King Boy’s Dream 1:03
B1 The Porpoise Song 5:47
B2 Prestwich Prophet’s Grin 5:03
B3 Burn The Bastards 6:03

1 thought on “Who Killed The JAMS?

  1. Soooo, going out on a limb here, but has anyone a copy of the double disc ‘master’ room copy of this? I have searched and searched to see if can find this with little luck, particularly interested in the two Whitney demo mixes… a fella can hope!

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