Special K gig- Library of Mu

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Title: Special K gig
Date: 30 August, 1997
Journal: NME
Author: -
Type of resource: News items
Status: text
No. views: 1516
Description: Drummond and Cauty are returning with a new single and live date at the Barbican as 2K, inspired by Williams Fairy Brass Band


Special K gig

By - (30 August, 1997, NME)

BILL DRUMMOND and JIMMY CAUTY, the duo behind The KLF, The K Foundation, The Timelords and the JAMMS, are returning to action as 2K with a new version of The KLF hit, 'What Time Is Love?'

To mark their comeback, the pair are to play a 23-minute gig at London Barbican on September 2, during which, they claim, "The next 840 days of our lives will be discussed". 2K will cease to exist at the end of the concert.

A recording of the show will be released as a single on September 22. The show will be filmed and released on video at a later date. Tickets are on sale now, priced £10.

The 2K concept is linked to the end of the millennium - 2K means 2000 and, at the time of the gig, there will be 840 days left until the turn of the century - give or take a week or two. The latest publicity shots of Cauty and Drummond picture them as Old Father Time figures.

A band spokesman said the idea came about after the duo produced a version of 'What Time Is Love?' for 'Acid Brass', a recent compilation of rave hits played by a brass band.

The spokesman continued: "I don't know whether it was in their heads when they went in to do it, but it's come out as completely their own track. It's really different and will definitely make an impact."

He added that the show would be a performance of the track as opposed to an 'art happening'. He said the pair would "not just be standing around talking about the next 840 days of their lives".

As to the message behind 2K, he said simply: "You'll just have to speculate on that. It doesn't signal the return of The KLF or anything like that. But it is pop music."

Cauty and Drummond have worked together since January 1987. They scored a Number One hit as The Timelords with 'Doctorin' The Tardis' and as The KLF achieved massive hits with 'Justified And Ancient', '3am Eternal' and 'Last Train To Transcentral'. They last performed live at the 1992 Brit Awards with Extreme Noise Terror. At the end of the performance Drummond appeared onstage with a machine gun before announcing, "The KLF have now left the music business".

The pair went on to form The K Foundation, which famously created the £40,000 K Foundation Award for the worst piece of art in 1993. It was given to Rachel Whiteread who had just won the £20,000 Turner Prize.

The following year they burnt £1million of their own money on the Scottish isle of Jura. They never gave any reason as to why. In the summer of 1995 they recorded the track 'The Magnificent' for the 'Help' charity album.

[picture: old gits look over wall]
[caption: Anarchy in 2K: Drummond (left) and Cauty's latest incarnation]

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