this portal lies the original Kalevala
Records page, If you're already in possession of the "facts"
dive right in. Otherwise ...this is an introduction which I shall endeavour
to keep short.
For those who are unenlightened... The Kalevala
label was the fabled attempt by legendary zenarchists and psychogeographers
Bill (KLF) Drummond and Mark (Zodiac Mindwarp) Manning to gain worldwide
exposure for the visionary musical and artistic movement that had been
flourishing, despite complete obscurity, within the Finnish underground
since the 1960s.
Why this remarkable scene had gone unnoticed by a western media that
is usually utterly rapacious in its greed for a "next big thing"
of any description was pretty simple: Drummond and Manning had cooked
the whole thing up in the over-heated ovens of their minds during their
gonzo pilgrimage to place a statue of Elvis at the North Pole - sounds
somewhat far-fetched, eh? Well the whole escapade is chronicled in the
(semi) autobiographical "Bad Wisdom" (Penguin Books 1996,
reissued by Creation Books 2002) ...read it at your peril. Further information
contained in Bill Drummond's "45" (Abacus 2001) fact fans.
Just six 7" singles were released before the dynamic duo either
lost interest or ran out of money, but what a fine little catalogue
of work it was. We here at Probe Records
were so impressed that during 1997 we set up a web-page in honour of
these sonic achievements - but please note: this was never, as some
at the time thought, the "official" site, nor was it in any
way connected with the label itself. It was, in truth, just more invention
riding along on top of the original fiction - think of it as a freestyling
homage to a real work of Art.
That page sits here, exactly as it was in
1997, unaltered since the closing days of the last century. Everything
contained in it is The Truth.