On the KLF's song America What Time is Love
I’m watching the KLF song: America What Time is love. I'd like to share a few thoughts.
First of all, this song is a part of a remarkably small musical genre: the song is genuine science fiction!
It’s explicitly set 1000 years after the discovery of the Americas, depicting a rediscovery by ectstatic black or perhaps an alternative universe.
That said, and to accurate, this song is a also a wise satire. The ironies are so thick they almost overwhelm the power of the song itself, which is really saying something. A few notably sublime ironies:
- The band, which is British, samples the Chorus of the song “Aquarius”, has the three Fates from Wagner campily gesturing towards the Manifest Destiny of the Americas.
- The song is powerfully revisionist: It is set on a boat where a black man is captaining.
- They set the boats afire like Cortez was said to and wade ashore.