A report on Scott Piering

Successful and influential American-born music publicist for many British music acts, including Pulp, The KLF, The Smiths (who he also managed), Stereophonics, The Orb, Placebo, Underworld and The Prodigy.

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2K's 23-minute performance at the Barbican Arts Centre, London, on 2 September 1997

The KLF

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The KLF (also known as the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, the JAMs, the Timelords and other names) are a British electronic band formed in London in 1987.

The KLF (also known as the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, the JAMs, the Timelords and other names) are a British electronic band formed in London in 1987.

2K's 23-minute performance at the Barbican Arts Centre, London, on 2 September 1997
The KLF's 'Trancentral' logo: speakers arranged in a 'T' shape.
The KLF come out of retirement for 23 minutes to make an appearance as 2K.
The Pyramid Blaster – the logo of KLF Communications
A K2 Plant Hire advertisement, exhibiting the stark quality of Drummond and Cauty's press adverts, and the characteristic typeface
KLF Communications' advert for "Justified & Ancient", with a quote from the lyrics: "They travel the world in their ice cream van, they've voyaged to the bottom of time. They've been to the place where the Mu-Mu mate, and the children still cry 'Mine's a 99!'"

As the band left the stage, the KLF's promoter and narrator Scott Piering proclaimed over the PA system that "The KLF have now left the music business".

Drummond in 2011

Bill Drummond

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Scottish artist, musician, writer and record producer.

Scottish artist, musician, writer and record producer.

Drummond in 2011

On 14 May 1992, The KLF announced their immediate retirement from the music industry and the deletion of their entire back catalogue, an act which associate Scott Piering described as "[throwing] away a fortune".

Pure Trance Original (004T) cover

What Time Is Love?

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Song released, in different mixes, as a series of singles by the band the KLF.

Song released, in different mixes, as a series of singles by the band the KLF.

Pure Trance Original (004T) cover

"America" has a markedly different tone to previous incarnations of the song: harder, heavier and more guitar-laden (featuring the riff from Motörhead's song “Ace of Spades"). It opens with a protracted narration by the KLF's regular narrator Scott Piering, about the JAMs' odyssey of 992 to discover America. Like "It's Grim Up North", it features a climactic orchestral section and a spoken list of towns and cities. However, in common with the "Stadium House" tracks, the mood of the song is one of jubilation. Between verses, a male chorus chants the word "America" to the tune of the song "Aquarius" from the rock musical Hair. Isaac Bello again provided rap, and Glenn Hughes (formerly of Deep Purple) provided vocals – a turning point for Hughes which he said helped "saved his life" from drug abuse.

Brit Awards

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The BRIT Awards (often simply called the BRITs) are the British Phonographic Industry's annual popular music awards.

The BRIT Awards (often simply called the BRITs) are the British Phonographic Industry's annual popular music awards.

Exterior of the O2 Arena in London (host venue since 2011) for the 2020 Brit Awards
The entrance to Earls Court in London on the evening of Brit Awards 2008
Boy George and Andy Bell of Erasure (pictured in 2011) kissed on stage at the 1989 Brit Awards to cheers from the crowd.
Katy Perry performing on stage at the 2017 Brit Awards
Coldplay (pictured performing in Hamburg, 2017) have nine Brit Awards include four for British Group.
Pink performing at the 2019 Brit Awards where she received the Icon award. She also received the award for International Female Solo Artist in 2003

The performance ended with Bill Drummond firing blanks from a vintage machine gun over the audience and KLF publicist/announcer Scott Piering stating "Ladies and gentlemen, The KLF have now left the music business".

Pure Trance Original (005T) cover

3 a.m. Eternal

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Song by British acid house group the KLF.

Song by British acid house group the KLF.

Pure Trance Original (005T) cover

At the end of the performance, Scott Piering announced to a stunned crowd that "The KLF have now left the music business".

Justified & Ancient

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Song by British band The KLF.

Song by British band The KLF.

Tammy Wynette and the Handmaidens of Mu in the video for the song

Scott Piering – narration

Black Market Music (album)

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Third studio album by English alternative rock band Placebo.

Third studio album by English alternative rock band Placebo.

The album is dedicated to music publicist Scott Piering, who died of cancer in early 2000.

Sharkey in 2009

Feargal Sharkey

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Singer from Northern Ireland most widely known as the lead vocalist of punk band The Undertones in the 1970s and 1980s, and for solo works in the 1980s and 1990s.

Singer from Northern Ireland most widely known as the lead vocalist of punk band The Undertones in the 1970s and 1980s, and for solo works in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sharkey in 2009

In 2004, Sharkey was awarded the "Scott Piering Award", by the radio industry for "recognising achievement in the promotion of music and the understanding of the music industry to their colleagues in radio".

Tony Wadsworth (music executive)

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Tony Wadsworth has had a lifelong career in the music industry, including stints as Managing Director of the Parlophone label, Chairman & CEO of EMI Music UK and Ireland, and Chairman of the industry's trade association, the BPI.

Tony Wadsworth has had a lifelong career in the music industry, including stints as Managing Director of the Parlophone label, Chairman & CEO of EMI Music UK and Ireland, and Chairman of the industry's trade association, the BPI.

In 2009 he was awarded the Scott Piering Award by the Radio Academy to recognise outstanding contribution to music radio.