Tag Archives: Enigma

The KLF – Wichita Lineman Was A Song I Once Heard (1990)

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KLF Chill Out

You will notice that I don’t have a country music category. I conveniently call Willie Nelson easy listening and would call Uncle Tupelo americana. I think I must have a problem with the stuff in between. But I love the culture the music calls upon. Having marked the world of house music with their proto-trance tracks of the late 1980s, The KLF agreed and put their single hands to kickstarting a trend for the ambient. Their album Chill Out used house music as an echo to an American journey. (The KLF’s Jim Cauty drove around London in a 1968 Ford Galaxie American police car.) The ‘Wichita Lineman…’ also had humour, reminiscent of Malcolm McLaren. Together with Cauty’s work as The Orb, this brew gave birth to “ambient house” and the ubiquitous Enigma project.

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Enigma – Callas Went Away (1990)

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The ambient monks heard in early balearic beats/acid house would enter the public’s dining room in 1990.  Michael Cretu’s project Enigma had released its debut album MCMXC a.D. and it went supernova. However, this listener preferred the echoes of opera in ‘Callas Went Away’ over the ubiquitous Gregorian chants of ‘Sadeness (Part I)’.

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