08 June 2007


The Manual by the KLF

Years ago, my friend Tara gave me a copy of The Manual by the KLF, which even then was horribly out of date, completely focused on the U.K., and still pungently accurate as well as funny.

It describes how, in 1988 or so, you could follow a methodical plan to get a #1 single in Britain with no musical talent whatsoever. In the intervening years several people in several countries have modified its instructions to do just that, or come close.

I loaned the book to my other friend Sebastien and never got around to asking for it back, but it turns out the whole text is online anyway, so have at it.

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Wow you actually had a hardcopy of The Manual? Now I worship you even more than I did when I was trying to win a date with you from a contest entry in The Plague way back in 1983.
The actual date turned out to be very strange and awkward, in part because I was such a nerd, so just as well you didn't win!