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: 5476
- 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
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!