Baa-nned!! KLF sheep chopped by BBC- Library of Mu

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Title: Baa-nned!! KLF sheep chopped by BBC
Date: 22 February, 1992
Journal: NME
Author: -
Type of resource: News items
Status: original
No. views: 7369
Description: KLF performance at the Brit awards.

Baa-nned!! KLF sheep chopped by BBC

By - (22 February, 1992, NME)

THE KLF, who released their "America-What Time Is Love" 45 this week, brought chaos to last week's Brit Awards, resulting in heavy censorship by the BBC and the near-withdrawal of one of the event's star guests.

The duo, joined on the televised show by EXTREME NOISE TERROR for their thrash version of "3 am Eternal", were scrutinised by BBC lawyers during the rehearsal for the show. Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty were allegedly instructed that rumoured plans to throw buckets of blood at the audience during the performance would have serious legal implications.

A further scheme to disembowel a dead sheep during the song was also nixed, by Extreme Noise Terror themselves! The sheep was collected earlier in the day from a slaughterhouse in Northampton, but the all- vegetarian thrash-metal outfit were so repelled by the prospect, that they threatened to pull out of the performance.

Meanwhile, Sir George Solti, the eminent Hungarian composer who was present to accept the Best Classical Recording award, had to be persuaded to return to his seat by Brits staff after he attempted to leave the auditorium during the song.

Having completed their work, the band left the building unaware that they were about to receive the award for Best British Group. Producers of the show then refused to allow a motorcycle messenger sent by Drummond and Cauty to pick up the 'bauble' from star guest Martika.


THE KLF stormed the 1992 Brits Awards ceremony last week. As well as jointly winning the prestigious Best British Group award (shared with SIMPLY RED), they opened the high profile extravaganza performing '3am Eternal' with Extreme Noise Terror, an abrasive thrash which climaxed when Bill Drummond left the stage and returned with a machine gun, firing off blank rounds into the dress circle at the assembled music industry bigwigs.

"This is television freedom!" roared Drummond, dressed in a kilt and mysteriously propped up by a crutch. The event was not broadcast live, but the controversial KLF performance was shown uncut later that evening. On finishing, the group exited with the words "KLF have left the music industry". From then on, it was downhill all the way.


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Posted by Guest on 2006-12-20 05:35:59

Shared with Simply Red? What, did Mick Hucknall attack the audience later that night with mustard gas?

Posted by Guest on 2007-05-14 21:59:18

Useful for people who want to know more about KLF.

Posted by Guest on 2009-11-18 11:34:44

Now that's a performance I wish I could have seen.

Posted by Guest on 2012-03-31 09:32:54

That's for sure!

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