Yasser, they can boogie!- Library of Mu

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Title: Yasser, they can boogie!
Date: 13 November, 1993
Journal: NME
Author: -
Type of resource: News items
Status: original
No. views: 4930
Description: K sera sera release and advertising campaign details

Yasser, they can boogie!

By - (13 November, 1993, NME)

THE KLF's Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty released their K Foundation/Red Army Choir collaboration 'K Cera Cera (War Is Over If You Want It)' as a single in Israel last week.

The pair originally vowed only to release the track once "world peace has been achieved" but decided to make a limited issue in celebration of the peace deal between the Israeli government and the PLO.

The 3,000 copy limited release, which has the title in English, Arabic and Hebrew on its cover, was made available by mail order to readers of one Israeli paper and one Palestinian paper through Israeli record label NMC.

Quoted in Israel's leading daily 'Yediot Ahronot', Drummond said, "Only a few days after the production (of the single) was finished, I turned on the TV and saw Itzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat standing next to each other in front of the White House. I was very moved. It was like something you never dream would happen suddenly being realised. I phoned Jimmy and we decided to release the limited edition. For us, it's a sort of tribute."

Explaining the reason for establishing the K Foundation, Drummond said, "Our idea was to create awareness of peace in the world. Because we were worried it would be interpreted by the public as an attempt by The KLF to return to the music world on the back of a humanist gimmick, we decided to hide behind the Foundation."

Drummond and Cauty are also extending their K Foundation ad campaign - which Drummond claims cost 250,000 pounds - to television later this month, with three ads running through Channel 4's live coverage of the Turner Prize on November 23.

The ads are expected to follow the minimalist style of the pair's recent national press ads, which continued with another page in The Observer on Sunday.

The pair have promised to announce their own 40,000 pounds award - twice the value of the Turner Prize for young British artists - to got to the worst of the four shortlisted names.


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