Two artists show different ways to crack the charts. ATB used a catchy hook you could hum at work, the KLF used dead sheep and bowing out at the top.

7. ATB – 9PM (Till Come) (1999)
NME says “There are huge trance hits of the late-‘90s and then there’s this one. More remixes than any other trance song ever. More radio play than anyone could stand. “

So bloody catchy. That hook that nagged away at your soul such that even though I don’t listen to the radio, I knew it. Grudgingly, this is a classic.

6. The KLF – 3am Eternal (1990)
NME says “The 1992 Brit Awards. Now, you can choose to remember them as the year Seal won three gongs, or you can choose to remember them as the year Bill Drummond (wearing a kilt, chewing a cigar and, er, limping) fired machine gun blanks over the heads of the assorted music bigwigs present while the KLF duetted with Extreme Noise Terror on a crust-punk version of their proto-trance smash ‘3AM Eternal’, before collaborator Scott Piering announced to a shocked and awed crowd that “The KLF have now left the music business”. It really is up to you. Later that night, the pair dumped a dead sheep on the steps of the afterparty with the message “I died for ewe – bon appétit” attached. Three months later, they duly departed from the biz, though not before leaving the world something that perfectly evoked the ritualistic tribal netherworld of clubland’s eternal 3am.”

Truly brilliant. Their stadium house trilogy (of which 3AM Eternal is one-third) is an incredible demonstration of how to crack the charts, still be innovative and bow out on a high – mythology intact.

ATB – 9PM (Till I Come) (Sequential One 1999 Mix)

The KLF vs Extreme Noise Terror – 3am Eternal (Live At The Brits)

The KLF – 3AM Eternal (Original Trance Mix)

Buy ATB / The KLF

~ by acidted on April 3, 2009.

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