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By Paul Cashmere (11 September, 2003, Undercover.com.au)
James Cauty, the founding member of The KLF and The Orb, has released a download to mark the second anniversary of September 11.
The track 'Silent Night' is only available as a download and will be only available today (September 11).
"I recorded the track a while ago and a few days ago I realized it was going to be the 911 anniversary. We wanted to respond to what was going on" James tells Undercover News.
'Silent Night' is released under the name Blacksmoke. "Blacksmoke is an occasional art collective and musical group" he says. "We have just done an EP called 'Fuck the Fucking Fuckers'. It is a concept EP, the concept being fuck America basically and fuck weapons of mass destruction. It is like a protest record. It is the kind of record that you would want to put on if you are going to go out on a riot. We do feel quite angry about what has been going on with the war".
News of the September 11 attack in 2001 broke early afternoon in England. "I was in my workshop. A friend of mine called me and told me to turn the tele on" James says. "I was like everybody else. I was really shocked. After that I couldn't even look at the images. It was too much. Recently, all those images and all those sounds, it feels like it is now okay to comment on it and talk about it. That is how this whole Blacksmoke thing came about. I felt it was okay to say something about it if we wanted to".
The Blacksmoke collective features two other members "James Fogerty, he is a 24 year old heavy metal bloke who lives with his parent" he says. "There is myself and Keir who is our project manager. This is an imagined band that is in our heads. We don't exist as a proper rock band to perform or anything. It is a half imagined heavy metal thing. The music we do is extremely noisey".
After the success of The KLF, James dropped completely out of the music industry. "I have been doing art, painting" he says. "I did some Blacksmoke stamps of mass destruction which came out 6 months ago. It is quite interesting getting back into music after all his time".
The reigniting of his music career is not leading to a reformation of The KLF. "I hear rumours as well" he says. "I do work with Bill (Drummond) on other projects but we are not going to reform or anything like that. Maybe at the end of the world we might do a gig. There are no plans at the moment. I left the whole music thing. I haven't done anything for 10 years. It was only the 911 thing when I started to get some ideas".
Unlike in Australia where the hits of KLF still demand daily radio play, James isn't confronted with the dilema driving along in his car in England and coming across an old KLF song on the radio. "It doesn't come up on the radio. Things have moved on" he says. "I don't really listen to pop on the radio. In the UK it has moved into history which is fine. I like that really. I do still get PRS (royalty) cheques but they are all from Australia".
Blacksmoke is not "the new KLF" either. "It is not a big deal like the KLF. It is more underground and angry" he says. "It is not geared towards the charts or radio. It is more angry noise".
You can download Blacksmokes 'Silent Night' today only at:
download will be withdrawn on 12th September 2003.
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