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E.N.T. & K.L.F.- 3 a.m. eternal 7″ (selfproduced, UK, 1992)

When in 1991, the british acid house act KLF decided it was time to retreat from the nasty music business (with the millions they had made), they decided to leave it with a bang. The group was announced to play the Brit Awards ceremony (a tasteless annual meeting of the music industry) and had in mind, at least that’s what Wikipedia has, to slaughter a sheep live on stage as some form of protest against well, anything, you name it.
The good men from EXTREME NOISE TERROR got wind of it and by suggesting the KLF to join forces with them live on stage, the crusties saved the poor animals life. The performance of the two ended in widespread consternation when they fired blanks from a machine gun into the audience. Not a terribly original idea. I’d say slaughtering the beast on stage would have made the better artistic impact, but that’s just me. I’m not saying this because I don’t like the song (it’s okay), I’m speaking as an artist.
The KLF announced its immediate retreat from the music industry on stage still, whereas EXTREME NOISE TERROR unfortunately didn’t.

This 7″ was released independently by the KLF in a limited edition. It was available through mailorder only. The group deleted its entire back catalogue and that was it, ladies and gentlemen.
Several versions of “3a.m.” exist and of course, this is the best one of them. This single has the same on both sides. I have two versions of it, one with this cover and one without (in a die-cut sleeve).
By actually ripping both identical sides of this 7″, I’m making a declaration about the state of the art.

3 a.m. eternal.mp3
3 a.m. eternal.mp3 (b-side version)

26 Comments

  1. There is a video of said Brit Awards performance available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CDButf0go8

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    Posted on 27-Jul-10 at 10:51 | Permalink
  2. James

    s.o. f.*.i.n.g. g.r.e.a.t.! wanted to hear this forever. the youtube version sounds boring but these two songs RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted on 27-Jul-10 at 11:02 | Permalink
  3. roswell47

    this is the much more common “bootleg” version ENT pressed up and sold. the initial small pressing run KLF made was onesided in a black die-cut sleeve (maybe your other copy?).
    KLF were fantastic, both musically as well as in their radical approach towards art as well as the music business. i’m sure everyone here knows about the money burning action.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Foundation_Burn_a_Million_Quid

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    Admin Reply:

    Both copies have the same runout grooves, Dierk. I heard of a counterfeit or bootleg of this, but I don’t think the one pictured is one. At least not from what I know.

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    roswell47 Reply:

    the runout groove on the onesided original is KLF 5 TOT P A1. the label states KLF 5 T.O.P. instead of 3AM1. i think KLF pressed up 500 copies for mailorder that were gone in a second because they were huge at that time.
    if i remember right ENT had a dispute with KLF and consequently pressed up the other version which was rather easily available for a while, also in various local record shops.

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    roswell47 Reply:

    http://www.klf.de/home/?p=39505

    the 3AM1 pressing obviously was made to pay ENT or was pressed by ENT after the dispute.

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    roswell47 Reply:

    woops, the label reads KLF 5 T.O.T.P., to be exact,

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    Admin Reply:

    Here’s what I found:
    http://www.discogs.com/KLFvs-Extreme-Noise-Terror-3-AM-Eternal-Christmas-Top-Of-The-Pops-1991/release/342376

    Appears that the other copy I have comes from the same batch then.

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    Thomas Reply:

    If you grant me two millions, I’ll happily burn one.

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    Posted on 27-Jul-10 at 11:11 | Permalink
  4. are you moribound?

    The song is not my cup of tea. But the writing is just brilliant. Congratulations!

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    Posted on 27-Jul-10 at 13:08 | Permalink
  5. elliott

    nice one. glad you ripped both sides for some reason. i just like that idea. yeah i read about ent doing something with klf but didn’t know about it. thanks for giving me this.

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    Posted on 27-Jul-10 at 15:20 | Permalink
  6. Charly M.

    Something happend that has never happened before: One one and the same internet page, you find White Spirit, Bitches Sin, Philip Roth, Runaways, ENT & KLF and the likes. Amazingly eclectic taste, Erich. Please never stop doing the best blog in the world!!!

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    Posted on 27-Jul-10 at 16:08 | Permalink
  7. Never heard of KLF. Great tune.
    “The KLF announced its immediate retreat from the music industry on stage still, whereas EXTREME NOISE TERROR unfortunately didn’t.” Not a fan of later ENT?

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    Admin Reply:

    The split LP-side is fantastic and by very far their best, “Phonophobia” is brutal. That’s all I need from ENT.

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    roswell47 Reply:

    so you did get into “phonophobia” in the end? that album was such a positive surprise after years of mediocrity – which they unfortunately returned to right afterwards again.

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    Admin Reply:

    It’s a love / hate relationship. I bought it when it came out and loved it. But very soon, it bored me. From there, it went up and down and right now, it’s up again. The split side on the other hand belongs to the loves of my life.

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    justin Reply:

    Couldn’t agree more about the Chaos UK split, but think that the Peel Sessions are DEFINITELY worth noting.

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    Posted on 27-Jul-10 at 17:45 | Permalink
  8. SDOTU

    I purchased about 30 copies of this from ENT around 1996 and none of them had covers. I traded and sold them off except my personal copy.

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    Posted on 27-Jul-10 at 18:34 | Permalink
  9. chano

    Never heard this before. Cool!! Motorhead meets Metal Urbain?? Just kidding… Really cool. :)

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    Posted on 27-Jul-10 at 21:21 | Permalink
  10. punkmachine

    This song has been on my mind the last week. Have the 7″ but this makes for easy listening. Thanks :)

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    Posted on 27-Jul-10 at 22:38 | Permalink
  11. ian

    Doesn’t do that much for me (reminds me of Ministry & that ain’t a good thing), but great to know about this whole bizarre thing & usual top notch writing…who knew that ENT could actually play real rock n roll with like solos & everything? This was the pivottal moment when grind coulda gone mainstream…one of histories tipping points lost forever!

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    anony-mouse Reply:

    WORD. top notch writing AND very entertaining!!

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    Posted on 28-Jul-10 at 08:35 | Permalink
  12. F.

    Erich, have you read Roth’s “Indignation”? It simply is incredible.

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    Posted on 28-Jul-10 at 12:09 | Permalink
  13. TomsyBomsy

    I once read an interview where the whole story behind this 7′ / performance was covered very well. Sadly I can’t remember where I found it :-(
    E.N.T. are still a killer live band. I probably saw them a million times over the years and even if they sucked on some albums they still rule supreme on stage. Hey they even got better and better over the years… really!!! The best show they ever did (in my opinion) was probably in 2008 at the Obscene Exteme Fest. Haven’t seen them since but I bet they are even better now !!!
    The Raw Noise reunion feels a bit strange though…

    Ah, and yeah the K.L.F. Good stuff. Cool music and really strange videoclips. Love it.

    By the Way Mr. Admin… which Split LP do you mean? Can’t be the one with Driller Killer I guess ;-)

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    Posted on 28-Jul-10 at 15:52 | Permalink
  14. ENT and The KLF actually recorded a whole LP worth of material together, entitled “Black Room” (in response to The KLF’s “White Room” album). Unfortunately vocals were never recorded and the album was deleted. I had a dub of the instrumental recording at some point, might still have it.

    As for the 7″, I ordered mine straight from the ENT guys circa 1996, after finding a flyer advertising it in my copy of the Retrobution LP. It came without a cover.

    I’ve also heard of a very rare 12″ pressing of the ENT/KLF “3 AM Eternal” version, but I’ve never seen that one, so who knows if it actually exists?

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    LP Reply:

    The 12″ does exist. I have a copy. It was released on the Discipline?Vinyl Japan label.

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    Posted on 30-Jul-10 at 12:42 | Permalink
  15. blake

    i had never heard about one of these bands, ill let you guess who. i was, however, very pleased to read about their history. most amusing, and fuck all if it isnt punk rock.

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    Posted on 01-Aug-10 at 10:39 | Permalink
  16. Flo

    Even if you put aside the political/socio-critical/philosophical/whatever approaches and ideas of THE K.L.F., it is simply great music. I liked it instantly when it came out and still like it today, because it is cleverly arranged pop music that has no dull moment.

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    Posted on 02-Aug-10 at 22:32 | Permalink
  17. DLO

    “The performance of the two ended in widespread consternation when they fired blanks from a machine gun into the audience. Not a terribly original idea.”

    Yes, I remember when Wayne Newton did this in 1971 at the Tropicana.

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    Posted on 04-Aug-10 at 14:55 | Permalink
  18. Clinton Chapman

    I gave away my copy of the version without a sleeve. Now I need to find out if what I passed off was in fact a first press.
    I have also ended up with one of the most definitive ENT/Doom tape collections as I managed to score both Stick and Bri’s tape collections. Who ever thought this guy would manage to accumulate so many Doom/ENT live, rehearsal, pre-mix, re-mix, whatever tape collections? What, l’il ol’ me? I might have that instrumental in there somewhere Luc, but it could be months before I visit ma again and dig through my old bedroom for those tapes. I’ll keep you all posted. Mulch demo, anyone have the Mulch demo? I need a Mulch demo. Please. Can trade.

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    justin Reply:

    Would love to hear some uncirculated Doom.

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    Clinton Chapman Reply:

    So would I, but at the moment it is out of reach. Sorry.

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    Posted on 04-Aug-10 at 15:28 | Permalink
  19. Clinton Chapman

    Hey, wasn’t there something between Bitches Sin and ENT/KLF?

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    Posted on 04-Aug-10 at 15:28 | Permalink
  20. Clinton Chapman

    Those KLF chart toppers were pretty catchy when I was young and impressionable. Probably why I like them so much. Hi Flo.

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    Posted on 04-Aug-10 at 15:29 | Permalink
  21. Clinton Chapman

    Been missing me? I’ve been too busy with facebook, forgot about you all over here at godbadmusic.

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    Posted on 04-Aug-10 at 15:29 | Permalink
  22. howardx

    hey admin, what album is that up top? “best metal album since the 80′s”

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    Admin Reply:

    Warning “Watching from a distance”.

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    howardx Reply:

    thanks!

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    Posted on 06-Aug-10 at 00:13 | Permalink
  23. Pär Arvidsson

    We used to play the White album alot back in the death metal days. I really like eveythuing that KLF and whatever they called themself relesed. And it´s really cool that the sampled Ace of Spades on the video version of What time is love.

    And this release is of cause brilliant as hell. Remember seeing it on MTV back in the days when MTV showed music.

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    Posted on 08-Aug-10 at 16:47 | Permalink
  24. anarkistattak

    they wanted motorhead to do the performance, but no could do, so Bill Drummond stumbled on ENT. have you heard about a full length or unleased couple of songs supposed to be called the black album or something?!?! ENT and KLF?

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    Luc Reply:

    Yes, it was discussed in the comments above.

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    Posted on 20-Aug-10 at 01:47 | Permalink
  25. drsnuggels

    in my -personal- opinion it is quite ok, the “black room” never showed up, it`s not that good, i think. the mtv show was a bit crappy, but really trashy cool, and the original 3 a.m.-recording is a quite killer of this collaboration and can`t be topped.

    for your collectors interest: the original pressing of the 5 totp was on black (some had a promotional cover), some handful in clear, a handful in mustard and orange. 6 test pressings exist with white labels, one of them has been futher processed, it is dinked.

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    Posted on 18-Dec-11 at 13:40 | Permalink
  26. spikeyw2008

    ENT pressed up 5,000. The KLF objected and seized all copies. 1,450 had already been shipped mainly to export companies. I know all this as I worked at the distribution company. 50 copies were also pressed on 12″ for promo to dance shops and DJs. I have 1 of these 50 – never played – am may sell it soon.

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    Simon Reply:

    Hi, spikeyw2oo8
    I don’t suppose you still have your 12″ version? i would be very interested in buying it from you.

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    Posted on 27-May-13 at 11:02 | Permalink

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