Given its sheer quantity over more than 70 years, most chart pop music rarely stays in the popular memory for long, quickly going out of date never to come back into fashion.
So it was for the KLF - alias the Timelords - who had two Number Ones and four other Top 5 hits between 1988 and 1991. Their catchy house music had an edge and eccentricity that appealed to an "indie" audience listening out for successors to James, the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays. That audience loved the way the KLF were funny, imaginative, mischievous and always surprising. If you're among them then you will know the rich, crazy folklore.
It's a relatively small crowd though and I'm not sure anyone else was paying nearly as much attention; it is curious that the KLF's heavyweight "break all the rules" approach to publicity left them without a simple, enduring, mainstream public image. I struggled to think of the single picture or video to use with this blog. The car from the Doctor Who video? The pointy capes? The ice cream van? I went with Tammy Wynette.
So whatever they did with machine guns and a dead sheep at the Brit Awards in 1992, I'm not sure they are remembered much more widely or fondly than, say, S Express, Adamski or Enigma. And since they immediately deleted their entire catalogue in 1992 and have never re-released any of it on CD, vinyl or on streaming services, I doubt young music fans are discovering them for the first time now as they are with so many other "old artists".
But they made some great records, and some of us are now very excited that they might be back later this year. As ever, the publicity is vague, off-the-cuff and mock-pompous. For more news on this, and for more and better words on the KLF by a proper writer, the terrific Andrew Harrison wrote this in yesterday's Guardian newspaper.