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Friday Weirdness 2: This band is going to build a pyramid out of 34,592 dead people

The KLF have always been one of the more, er, confrontational bands out of the UK. Lest we forget, the band publicly burned £1 million–as in with actual fire–as part of an artistic statement on consumerism and capitalism. Why? “Because it was fun,” they said.

I once saw Bill Drummond speak at a music conference. It was a furious performance on the state of the music industry and how art had been perverted by the pursuit of cash.

Now, though, the KLF would like your money. And your mortal remains.

The group has announced plans to build a pyramid out of exactly 34,592 dead people who have bequeathed their cremated ashes so that they may be stored inside said pyramid. Each brick will contain the ashes of one person. They call this “MuMuFication” after one of the band’s alter-egos, The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.

Construction is set to begin next Friday (November 23) in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. No one is really sure what Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty–you do understand that this is The KLF, right?–but they promise “there may be other occurrences throughout the day and night.” Those who show up to watch will be served tea and mince pies.

Given the short lead time, The KLF are offering a “buy now, die later” plan through their website. Just £99 will secure your place in the pyramid. If you would like to see a couple of videos on the matter, they’re available at the same website.

Makes a great Christmas present, right?



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