The 1990’s were a terrible decade for music with two notable exceptions. Bowie was reinvented in the Tin Machine and then released his wedding album and three critically acclaimed albums – Outside, Earthling and Hours. I saw him at Rock City in Nottingham in 1997 – he was brilliant!
Then there was the KLF. The White Room is still a great album. Justified and Ancient was covered by Tammy Wynette and nearly held the Christmas No.1 spot in the UK but for the re-release of Bohemian Rhapsody following the death of Freddie Mercury. It is a brilliant version.
The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu are a fictional subversive cult. The song lyrics describe the Justified Ancients making their way to Mu Mu Land in an ice cream van. And yesterday the ice cream van delivered Bill Drummond and Jimmy Caunty – the original band members to a book launch in Liverpool.
They won a Brit award n 1992 and buried it at Stonehenge! They promised when they famously burned £1m Royalties on Jura in 1994 that they would return in 23 years time. True to their word they did. On time.
The £1m stunt was all a bit
silly stupid (and they still haven’t explained why), but the album remains a great listen.
The new book is a “utopian costume drama, set in the near future, written in the recent past”. According to to a review in The Guardian, “It is littered with bastardised references to 2017 culture in a nod to the grim future that could befall us all – the Big Five who rule the world are GoogleByte, Wikitube, Amazaba, FaceLife and AppleTree. Winnie, the main protagonist, has had an affair with Julian Assange in her younger years, and now uses an iPhone23; Michelle Obama has been the first female president of the US in 2020 but now models for Damien Hirst; Putin was crowned (ceremonial) czar of Russia; Simon Cowell was murdered by a former contestant live on China’s Got Talent in 2017. An alternative history for the Beatles and their role in world peace is also offered.”
Sounds like fun!