I won’t go into the history of The KLF, as many others have already done so. Suffice it to say that Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty were two strange guys with a brilliant knack for publicity. Their stunts included burning a million pounds (true) and allegedly doing sonic weapons research on cows (false).
But their crowning moment was their final performance, at the 1992 Brit Awards, the UK equivalent of the Grammys. The KLF had won “Best British group” and were to play a live version of their house anthem “3 A.M. Eternal.” Wearing a kilt, leaning on a crutch, and firing machine gun blanks at the audience, Drummond showed up with Extreme Noise Terror in tow and bashed out a chaotic (and rather crappy) metal version of the tune. Later, the band delivered a sheep carcass to an industry afterparty. How black metal of them.
Below is a video of that performance, which holds more historical than aesthetic value. But first, the original (and perhaps more absurd) video for comparison:
Extreme Noise Terror – 3 A.M. Eternal