Category Archives: KLF (The)

Chill Out, Thrice

The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu formed on 1 January 1987, and by 1990 they’d put out two albums under that name, had a number one hit as The Timelords, published a book about it, adopted the even more mysterious moniker The KLF, attempted a road movie, recorded and scrapped a Pet Shop Boys-inspired soundtrack album for said movie, released the minimalist original versions of what would, a remix or twelve later, become their global megahits “3 AM Eternal”, “What Time Is Love” and “Last Train To Trancentral”, and completely failed to meet Abba.

Two things had been clearly established. Firstly, at any given moment, there was no telling what they might do next. And secondly, whatever it was, it was going to be interesting.

At that particular point in time, what they did next was release Chill Out, an “ambient” album supposedly depicting a journey up the US Gulf coast, although apparently that concept was imposed on it after they’d recorded it. It’s rather lovely, and it’s definitely not dance music. It’s… well, chill out music.

Chill Out was supposedly divided into 14 tracks (tracklisting on Discogs), though it was conceived and originally released as a single continuous piece. I’m giving you the album split into the two vinyl sides:

Link: The KLF – Chill Out (side 1)
Link: The KLF – Chill Out (side 2)

The album has been a popular target for bedroom remixers over the years, and here are two. Firstly, this from someone calling himself Bovine Boy, who apparently didn’t use any of Chill Out itself, but instead tracked down the original samples and recombined them to make his own version…

Link: Bovine Boy – Chill Out Was An Album I Once Heard

And here’s a full track-by-track remix that did the rounds a few years ago. I’m sorry to say that I don’t know who did this, and I don’t have the track titles. I do remember the titles were twisted versions of the original titles, stuff like “I Once Heard Witchita Lineman Was A Song”. Also, it’s (1) a zip file, because my efforts at recombining the tracks into a continuous sequence didn’t work very well, and I thought it was a bit much to have to download 14 tracks individually, and (2) only in 128 kbps quality because that’s all I have. I normally prefer to share at 192 or above but this one still sounds OK. I suspect it was only ever shared in 128 in the first place.

Link: The KLF via unknown artist – Out Chill