The KLF – The White Room (1991)
For whatever reason (I think it was because of a board amalgamation), in my school board there are two elementary schools named after Prince Charles.
The solution to avoid confusion: the one in Verona is named Prince Charles Public School and its counterpart in Napanee is named The Prince Charles Public School.
Naturally, this amuses me.
Now I’d imagine 99.9% of my readers would hear the words The White Room and immediately start singing a brilliant 5/4 intro.
That however would be White Room by Cream. Not The White Room by The KLF.
To be fair, The White Room (the title track) has a decent beat; it’s just not my cuppa.
That won’t stop me from finding a few nice things to say of course.
I generally approve of album bookends and here the ‘jusified‘ opening/closing vocal feature is no exception.
What time is Love? sounds straight out of a Rock ’em Sock ’em Hockey VHS, thankfully with considerably less offensive commentary about Europeans wearing visors.
The inclusion of pedal steel never hurts and it certainly enhanced Build a Fire.
A part of me hopes there was another group named KLF and the ‘The‘ was a copyright/confusion avoidance solution (a la The London Suede/The Prince Charles).
Based on the genre/influences/future influencees, there are albums on this list like Suede’s (or The London Suede in North America) debut that I was guaranteed to enjoy.
For similar reasons, there are going to be other records that I see why others may enjoy but I have difficulty getting too jazzed about myself, like The White Room.
Now White Room on the other hand…