INTRODUCTION The KLF - also known as the Kopyright Liberation Front, the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, the JAMs, the Timelords, the Forever Ancients Liberation Loophole, the K Foundation, 2K, the One World Orchestra, and Rockman Rock and King Boy D - were Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, from Scotland and England respectively, who after a decade or so on the fringes of the music industry spent roughly five years from 1987 to 1992 releasing a torrent of music in various electronic genres (despite their punk, rock and pop backgrounds), to routine critical acclaim and rapidly increasing commercial success. A certain superlative keeps getting bandied about in varying forms regarding the duo: that they were the best-selling singles artist of the year 1991, or perhaps the best-selling indie artist, or perhaps the best-selling British singles artist, or some such variation. I've never seen documentation regarding this claim; it just seems to be "received wisdom," and I'm now of the opinion that it's likely not demonstrably true in any of its variations. Nonetheless, they were indeed extremely successful for a brief period as the 80s turned to the 90s. All the same, the KLF story is not merely a musical story. The KLF were, and still are, probably more notorious for various confounding or attention-grabbing "pranks" influenced by Situationist and Discordian philosophy, counterintuitive moves that routinely overshadowed their musical accomplishments. These continued after their "retirement" from the music industry in 1992, culminating in the infamous act of burning a million pounds of UK banknotes in 1994, before decades of near-silence broken by their recent "return" in the form of a book, having just completed a 23-year vow of silence regarding the money-burning episode. It's possible to discuss the KLF's public relations moves with scant reference to their music (see, for example, most writing about them); it is, sadly, harder to discuss their music independent of the media circus surrounding it, so as we progress through the discography, these 'scandals' and what-not will inevitably come up. It's unavoidable, because it's at times jaw-dropping and hard to fathom. Moving through the KLF story, you're confronted with no small amount of imponderable questions. For my part, I'll attempt to keep the focus on the music. Even that is no small effort: the KLF discography (entirely self-released in the UK) is incredibly difficult to pin down, with white labels, limited releases, variant overseas contracted releases, bootlegs and semi-official releases, and probably-non-existent "rumoured" releases scattered left, right, and centre. Add to that, of course, the fact that all of it is out of print (in the UK at least), and you have a catalogue that exists entirely in the shadows. I can offer you no advice about how to get your hands on any of this material, though when you're dealing with a band whose very name gleefully advertises "kopyright liberation," those very shadows are perhaps the karmically correct place to search. In the UK, Bill and Jimmy released almost everything themselves on their own "KLF Communications" label. They signed contracts to get their stuff released in other markets, on labels small and - in the case of Arista in the USA and Toshiba in Japan - very large indeed. For my purposes, this is primarily a label discography. Every individual release on the KLF Communications label that can be determined to actually exist will fall within the scope of this release-by-release thread (whether or not both Bill and Jimmy appear on it). Past that, a few objects scattered here and there will get swept up, but I make no attempt to be utterly comprehensive. That's likely to be a complete impossibility; no one on the internet has succeeded at that. Furthermore, there exists a rather large library of fan-made tracks, compilations, remixes and "leaked demos", the vast majority of which is fake. I don't think I'll pay most of these releases any attention at all, though anyone else can feel free. My principal source will be the classic Laszlo discography, as recently updated by klf.de, before they inexplicably decided to undo all of their good work. To that end, then, I will start with their first single, "All You Need is Love", immediately after providing a brief run-down of Bill and Jimmy's pre-KLF work, which I won't bother discussing since it doesn't really interest me at all.