Merry Pranksters- Library of Mu

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Title: Merry Pranksters
Date: 05 March, 1994
Journal: Melody Maker
Author: Peter Robinson
Type of resource: News items
Status: text
No. views: 6261
Description: some of the groups who have scammed the KLF


Merry Pranksters

By Peter Robinson (05 March, 1994, Melody Maker)

Have the KLF sneaked back into the recording studio?
Or is somebody pulling a fast one on the Kings Of Con?
PETER ROBINSON reports Photo by Ancient Of Mu Mu GRANT PEDEN

JIMI Cauty and Bill Drummond gained a reputation as scamsters of the highest order during their five-year career as THE JUSTIFIED ANCIENTS OF MU MU, THE TIMELORDS and THE KLF. In turn, they themselves were targeted and even out-scammed on a number of occasions. Despite splitting up The KLF and leaving the music business to work as THE K FOUNDATION, they've continued to attract more than their fair share of pranksters, imposters and nutters.

There is, for example, WANDA DEE, the disco diva sampled on "What Time Is Love?" and "Last Train To Trancentral", who recently toured America and Australia with a troupe of scantily-clad male dancers under the name THE KLF EXPERIENCE. There have also been records like HARDCORE OUTLAW's "It's Weird Out West", a thinly disguised version of "It's Grim Up North", and PRESIDENT BASS' "Guns Of Mu Mu", both of which are the work of London KLF freak Michael Mac. And let's not forget last year's "Justified And Asian" by THE KK KINGS.

The latest group to be associated with Cauty and Drummond are XSX. Also known as X$X, over the last few months they have released a CD and a number of cassettes, the sleeves of which use the same style of artwork as that of The K Foundation's adverts and bear Cauty and Drummond's current box number address. The group have also distributed flyers boasting messages such as "Who Killed The KLF?"

The XSX CD is called "The Black Room", the title of the unfinished album which The KLF recorded with Extreme Noise Terror, and features 70 minutes of silence apart from the words "Don't buy 'The Black Room'". Their most recent cassette is "Now 1997", a play on The JAMMs' "1987 - What The F***'s Going On?" LP. This includes extensive samples of The KLF and snatches of telephone conversations between a member of XSX and a voice purporting to be Bill Drummond.

XSX's self-styled publicist, MICHAEL KEARNEY, aka Michael K, says the group has three core members, including "a mysterious Jimi C". Beyond this, he is unwilling to divulge any information about the identity of those involved. Kearney does, however, claim that he was responsible for some of the footage used in the behind the scenes documentary tagged on the end of The KLF's "Stadium House" video. He also says that he is connected with Mickey McElwee, the central character in The KLF's abandoned motion picture, "The White Room".

Mick Houghton, The KLF/K Foundation press officer, has consistently denied that Cauty and Drummond have any association with XSX, while Bill Butt, the director of "Stadium House", says he cannot recall anybody called Michael Kearney or Michael K being involved in the project. Scott Piering, The KLF's radio plugger, is similarly sceptical of Kearney's claims.

"This guy has a very complex general scheme and I don't fully understand his purpose," says Piering. "But it's certainly more to do with guerilla media manipulation than music. He's deeply absorbed in what he's doing, but I have a feeling that he's a bit deluded, if not demented."

Jimi Cauty and Bill Drummond, meanwhile, are unconcerned. As they have repeatedly declared in press statements, they no longer wish to have any involvement in the music business. The day that is acceppted is the day The K Foundation have succeeded.

Beware of any cheap imitations.

Peter Robinson is the author of the booklets, 'Justified And Ancient History: The Unfolding Story Of The KLF' and 'History Rewritten: The Never Ending Story Of The K Foundation'.

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Posted by Guest on 2004-12-17 18:10:57

Scan of this at http://f6.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/QMrCQYc-k587lM-RipO1GxNE_HXT7rxJu7vN5A5w9hwsgOCDwEKwzz6M7IZQkh3rXh-w0P6hEyN14-rP7aKgZA/merry.jpg ray Baal Not sure if you are using scans as part of your database but if you are I can help with a few X$X things and some more KLF things that I've found while searching for X$X things


Posted by Guest on 2006-02-27 09:07:55

Anyone got the Weird Out West (thought it was Radsonic but Hardcore Outlaw) - I'd love to hear it - I'll buy your copy! sadly just got scooped on Ebay for a copy of the Radsonic 12" - how I hate that. Come say hi at http://www.mutantpop.net/radioclash/ if you do...


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:21:40

Aha! This is the Michael Kearney that M.John Harrison has in his book 'Light', isn't it? I'd heard about this. The fictionalisation of a fiction of a fiction. It's sooo po mo


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:23:05

>>Mick Houghton, The KLF/K Foundation press officer, has consistently denied that Cauty and Drummond have any association with XSX


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:24:03

Doesn't Mick Houghton deny everything he's ever asked about The KLF? Are they alive? He denies it


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:24:32

The group have also distributed flyers boasting messages such as "Who Killed The KLF?"


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:25:00

"This guy has a very complex general scheme and I don't fully understand his purpose," says Piering. "But it's certainly more to do with guerilla media manipulation than music. He's deeply absorbed in what he's doing, but I have a feeling that he's a bit deluded, if not demented."


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:25:21

That's a great review of Michael K! lol


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:25:49

Peter Robinson is the author of the booklets, 'Justified And Ancient History: The Unfolding Story Of The KLF' and 'History Rewritten: The Never Ending Story Of The K Foundation'.


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:26:54

Robinson was a K conspirator if there ever was one. Didn't he then do something against Michael K but that it turned out to be WITH Michael K?


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:27:35

>>Mick Houghton, The KLF/K Foundation press officer, has consistently denied that Peter Robinson has any association with XSX


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:28:06

Jimi Cauty and Bill Drummond, meanwhile, are unconcerned. As they have repeatedly declared in press statements, they no longer wish to have any involvement in the music business. The day that is acceppted is the day The K Foundation have succeeded.


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:28:45

Yes...and then they released 'Fuck The Millennium" lol


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:30:04

Peter Robinson still writes for the Melody Maker, doesn't he? Even though he wasn't supposed to be one of their journalists? I haven't seen a copy for years.


Posted by Guest on 2007-01-18 01:30:39

Melody Maker died years ago. Peter Robinson writes for NME which is still going.


Posted by Guest on 2008-03-30 13:01:46

I PERSONALLY witnessed Bill Drummond and Jimi Cauty come into The Foundry bar in London (co-owned by Drummond) one night and slip quietly into the little library room where Gimpo, (their collaborator and at that time The Foundry's manager) kept them supplied with drinks. It was the only time I ever saw the door to this room off the main bar actually closed (I hadn't previously noticed there was an actual door for the doorway!). Anyway, after they were well oiled and actually singing (!), they were finally joined by an incomer who chatted with Gimpo for a while first and when the door was opened to admit this stranger, Bill was quite loudly heard to exclaim 'Michael K, leader of The Jams'. What followed was obviously the reunion of three scamsters extraordinaire so don't tell me that the KLF experts at Wikipedia have even the slightest clue about this outfit's history!!


Posted by Guest on 2008-12-24 06:15:53


Posted by Guest on 2008-12-24 06:27:20

This article is a scam made up by someone we all know and love for it. My name is Micael Mac and the tracks Hardcore Outlaw and President Bass were released by my good self in the Summer of 1992 on white label, I sent copy to Bill Drummond. So if anyone want to buy a copy I have about 2 or 3 left. Cheers Michael Mac


Posted by Guest on 2008-12-24 06:31:04

Check out the You Tube here... http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=uES2OIGUMi0 Michael Six Mac.


Posted by Guest on 2009-11-24 20:17:03

and there was dancing caulty and drummond and michael and stewart home and guy debord and paul conneally and the shoeshine boy from platform one and shriley bassey and fatboy slim and eric idle and the ghost of fred pntin


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