They may have been justified, they may have been ancient and they were also rumored to drive an Ice cream van.
That may be fine but burning a million quid? I think all bound for Mu Mu land is code for being as the guy from Def Leopard eloquently puts it “one sandwich short of a picnic.”
The part about not burning apples/bread or giving it to charity is just plain weird. Neither burn well BTW. I get they wanted to make a statement but saying it was more interesting than giving it to charity is pretty insane and for the most part self indulgent. What’s it actually achieved? Far less then 1 million pounds worth of donation to a charity could have done. I mean pick a charity, pretty much any of them (within reason) and a donation would have been a better way to use it.
It also seems that Jimmy Cauty (the one that doesn’t look like Alastair Campbell on a bad hair day) has possibly only just come to terms with the absolute f**k wittery of what he’s done. His argument on why it was a good idea to burn it rather than donate it is pretty thin – I think he maybe regrets it now. Judging by the uncomfortable body language and frequent sips of water I think he knows it was a bad idea. It also seems that Alastair Campbell (actually Bill Drummond) is very much in charge and poor old Jimmy had succumbed to some sort of weird pop star peer pressure about being artists and changing the world. Interestingly enough (not actually very), the KLF came from an earlier iteration called “The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu” which as it turns out was a fictional cult, and you know what they say about cults….They save money by flat/property sharing and don’t tend to burn it. They also grow their own veg.
Cults according to Wiki can be defined as “a social group defined by its religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs, or its common interest in a particular personality, object or goal”.
I’m not sure what the KLF goal was though, I can deduce that they had a fixation with Ms Tammy Wynette, burning things and non nonsensical anti art pointless statements. But it just seems to be very ill conceived as to have an actual, tangible statement of purpose.
To quote Alfred the Butler (from Batman) “…some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
― Michael Caine (AKA Alfred)
I say think of the trees. Yes you’ve burnt 1 million quid and now that’s going to have to be replaced. According to google the amount of £ 1,000,000 in 50 Pound Sterling Notes is a weight of 24.20 kg. A single stack of money with 20,000 new banknotes would be 2.66 m (2.91 yards) high and would have a volume of at least 35.27 litres. You could always use the resulting pile of ash as part of a fertilizer mix. With the exception of perhaps this little nugget of information:
“all burnt ash from paper can be used except that from old catalogues as the ink might be hazerdous to plants”
So I don’t know if they could have used the ash from the £1m to grow more trees as the statement is largely ambiguous. But if you don’t care for money then at least think of the environment, or the guy that had to clear up the mess in the cottage you rented.
All bound for Mu Mu Land indeed.