4. The KLF's art terrorism at the Brits 1992
The evening begins promisingly. Assorted music biz luminaries gather together in London's Hammersmith Apollo for the annual posho knees-up. The KLF are scheduled to kick the show off with '3am Eternal'. As it happens, they kick it into orbit.
The fact that The KLF are here at all is momentous enough: Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond have spent the past five years terrorising the music industry. By 1991, however, they're the biggest-selling singles band in the world, so a Brits performance is in order. '3am Eternal' has been their big hit of the year, but the rendition tonight is not quite that version. This time the band are joined by noisy death-metallers Extreme Noise Terror, prompting ageing composer Sir George Solti to walk out. Just as well Drummond opts to fire a machine gun at the crowd; the original plan had been to cover them with sheep blood.
Later in the ceremony, The KLF send a motorcycle courier to collect their Best British Group award - shared, bizarrely, with Simply Red. And, as a grand finale, guests arriving for a slap-up meal see The KLF screech to a halt in a van, dump a dead sheep with a message saying, "I died for you - bon appetit" tied around its waist, and speed off again. Perhaps inevitably, The KLF disbanded three months later, leaving an entire album of Extreme Noise Terror collaborations sitting on the shelf.