Back in 1989, very few folk other than the fans of trance music took much notice of the release of 3 A.M. Eternal by The KLF. And even then, the hardcore trance fans were dismissive of it as being too poppy and gimmicky:-

mp3 : The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal (pure trance original)

Fast forward two years and the stadium house version went to #1 in the UK and to #5 on the US Billboard Chart:-

mp3 : The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal (live at the S.S.L – radio edit)

Then in 1992, it became infamous as the song with which The KLF quit the music industry:-

mp3 : The KLF vs Extreme Noise Terror – 3 A.M Eternal

Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty accepted the invitation to appear at the The Brit Awards ceremony in 1992 and to perform their #1 single. They didn’t let on that it would involve a duet with a little known punk band during which Drummond would fire machine-gun blanks over an audience of what was mainly music moguls and pop stars……with the bonus that it went out live at 7pm on BBC Television. It was astonishing to watch from the confines of your living room….if you wait till the end of the clip you’ll see that Billy Bragg was well impressed with the performance.

The CD version of the #1 single also had two other mixes available:-

mp3 : The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal : Guns of Mu Mu (12″ edit)
mp3 : The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal : 1989 ‘Break For Love’ Mix

The 7″ vinyl version had a shortened version of one of the above:-

mp3 : The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal : Guns of Mu Mu

And two more bits of music for pleasure:-

mp3 : The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal : Moody Boy Mix
mp3 : The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal : Blue Danube Orbital Mix






If I was justified in my inclusion of The J.A.M.M’s in this series, then I’m surely OK with the inclusion of The KLF:-

mp3 : The KLF – Kylie Said To Jason

mp3 : The KLF – Pure Trance

A harmless and fun piece of 7£ vinyl from 1989.  Little did any of us know that chart domination was just around the corner.

A few years ago I said that my ideal companions in a pun would be Tony Wilson and Bill Drummond.  I would have just love to sat in their company and listened to what was being said about music,  the arts and the world at large. Sadly, Tony is no longer with us but Bill still to this day, mainly through his books, continues to fascinate, amuse and entertain me.