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Encyclopedia > KMFDM
Origin Germany
Genre(s) Industrial rock
Years active 19841999
2002 – Present
Label(s) Z Records
Skysaw Records
Wax Trax! Records
Metropolis Records
Sanctuary Records
KMFDM Records
Associated
acts
MDFMK
Excessive Force
PIG
KGC
Slick Idiot
Website http://www.kmfdm.net/
Members
Sascha Konietzko
Lucia Cifarelli
Jules Hodgson
Steve White
Andy Selway
Former members
Raymond Watts
En Esch
Günter Schulz
Tim Skold
Bill Rieflin
Mark Durante

KMFDM is an industrial rock band and the brainchild of founding member Sascha Konietzko. KMFDM was founded in Paris, France on February 29, 1984 as a joint effort between Konietzko and German painter/multi-media performer Udo Sturm to perform for the opening of an exhibition of young European artists at the Grand Palais. Sturm had no lasting musical aspirations, and Konietzko was more interested in studio recordings than the occasional art performance, so he began collaborating with then-Hamburg-based studio owner Raymond Watts and drummer Klaus Schandelmaier, who adopted the stage name En Esch. After working the Hamburg underground music scene and releasing three albums on European labels, the band began its long-standing relationship with Wax Trax! Records when their 1988 album Don't Blow Your Top was licensed to the label for US distribution. After touring with Ministry in 19891990, they signed directly to Wax Trax! and quickly became a part of the industrial music scene in Chicago that included Ministry, Front 242 and My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. Konietzko then moved to Chicago in early 1991, and Esch followed a year later. After close friend and president of Wax Trax! Records Jim Nash died of an illness complicated by AIDS, KMFDM relocated to Seattle, Washington. Image File history File links Kmfdm_logo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Industrial rock is a musical genre which is a fusion of post-industrial music and rock music. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Wax Trax! Records was a record label in the United States. ... Metropolis Records is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based record label, distributor, and mail-order store specializing in the electro-industrial, synthpop, futurepop, darkwave, and gothic musical genres. ... Sanctuary Records is a record label based in the United Kingdom and a subsidiary of Universal Records. ... MDFMK was formed by two members of KMFDM, Sascha Konietzko and Tim Skold, following a brief break-up of KMFDM. Lucia Cifarelli of Drill rounded out the trio. ... Excessive Force is a musical side project started in 1991 by Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM and Buzz McCoy of My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. ... For other uses, see Pig (disambiguation). ... KGC is a musical collaboration between Sascha Konietzko and Lucia Cifarelli of KMFDM and Dean Garcia of Curve, formed in 2006. ... Slick Idiot is a German electronic music band in the industrial music genre. ... Sascha Konietzko (born June 21, 1961 in Hamburg, Germany), also known as Sascha K and Käptn K, is the frontman of the industrial music band KMFDM, having founded the group in 1984. ... Lucia Cifarelli is currently a vocalist for the industrial music group KMFDM. She has previously been a member of the bands MDFMK and Drill. ... KMFDM guitarist Jules Hodgson at The Starlite Room on October 9th, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Jules Hodgson is the guitarist for KMFDM, a German industrial band. ... Steve White is a guitarist for KMFDM, first joining the band in 2002 for the Sturm & Drang Tour, and later appearing on several live albums/DVDs and the studio album Hau Ruck. ... KMFDM drummer Andy Selway and a fan at The Starlite Room on October 9th, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Andy Selway is the drummer for KMFDM, a German industrial band. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with PIG. (Discuss) Raymond Watts, an early member and periodic collaborator of KMFDM and the man behind PIG, has been a visible part of the industrial music scene since the early 1980s. ... En Esch (born Nicklaus Schandelmaier) is a contemporary musician and has been a member of the bands KMFDM, Pigface, and Slick Idiot. ... Guenter Schulz is a German-born guitarist formerly of the band KMFDM. His first credited appearance (as Svetlana Ambrosius, or Svet Am) was on the bands Naïve LP (1990). ... Tim Sköld (born Thim Sköld on December 14, 1966, in Skövde, Sweden) is a well known multi-instrumentalist and currently the guitarist of Marilyn Manson. ... William Rieflin William Bill Rieflin (born September 30, 1960) is a contemporary musician and is currently drumming for R.E.M.. In the past he has worked with Ministry, the Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, Pigface, Swans, Chris Connelly, Nine Inch Nails and many others. ... Industrial rock is a musical genre which is a fusion of post-industrial music and rock music. ... Sascha Konietzko (born June 21, 1961 in Hamburg, Germany), also known as Sascha K and Käptn K, is the frontman of the industrial music band KMFDM, having founded the group in 1984. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... February 29 is a day added into a leap year of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... Grand Palais in 2004 The Grand Palais (Grand Palace) is a large glass exhibition hall that was built for the Paris Exhibition of 1900. ... This article is about the city in Germany. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with PIG. (Discuss) Raymond Watts, an early member and periodic collaborator of KMFDM and the man behind PIG, has been a visible part of the industrial music scene since the early 1980s. ... En Esch (born Nicklaus Schandelmaier) is a contemporary musician and has been a member of the bands KMFDM, Pigface, and Slick Idiot. ... Wax Trax! Records was a record label in the United States. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Dont Blow Your Top is industrial rock group KMFDMs third album, released in 1988. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Ministry is an influential, Grammy-nominated American industrial metal band founded by frontman Al Jourgensen in 1981. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР exclusively in Russia. ... See also: 1990 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1990 Record labels established in 1990 list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several broken bones. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... 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The current line-up of KMFDM consists of Sascha Konietzko and his wife Lucia Cifarelli (vocals), Andy Selway (drums), Steve White (guitars), and Jules Hodgson (guitar). En Esch, Raymond Watts, and guitarist Günter Schulz are notable key members in the band's history. Sascha Konietzko (born June 21, 1961 in Hamburg, Germany), also known as Sascha K and Käptn K, is the frontman of the industrial music band KMFDM, having founded the group in 1984. ... Lucia Cifarelli is currently a vocalist for the industrial music group KMFDM. She has previously been a member of the bands MDFMK and Drill. ... KMFDM drummer Andy Selway and a fan at The Starlite Room on October 9th, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Andy Selway is the drummer for KMFDM, a German industrial band. ... Steve White is a guitarist for KMFDM, first joining the band in 2002 for the Sturm & Drang Tour, and later appearing on several live albums/DVDs and the studio album Hau Ruck. ... KMFDM guitarist Jules Hodgson at The Starlite Room on October 9th, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Jules Hodgson is the guitarist for KMFDM, a German industrial band. ... Günter Schulz is a German-born guitarist formerly of the band KMFDM. His first credited appearance (as Svetlana Ambrosius, or Svet Am) was on the bands Naïve LP (1990). ...


Other notable musicians that have contributed to KMFDM projects include Bill Rieflin of Ministry/R.E.M., Nivek Ogre from Skinny Puppy and ohGr, John DeSalvo of Chemlab, Tim Skold of Shotgun Messiah/Marilyn Manson, F.M. Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten, Nina Hagen, and spoken word artist Nicole Blackman. Additionally, Chemlab, Die Warzau, Nine Inch Nails, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, and Giorgio Moroder have remixed music for KMFDM. William (Bill) Rieflin is a contemporary musician that has worked with Ministry, KMFDM, Pigface, R.E.M. and many others, often in the capacity of a drummer. ... R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 by Bill Berry (drums), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Michael Stipe (vocals). ... Nivek Ogre Nivek Ogre (real name Kevin Graham Ogilvie) born December 5, 1962 is the vocalist best known for his work in the seminal, and notably experimental, industrial band Skinny Puppy. ... Skinny Puppy is a prominent industrial band, formed in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1982. ... ohGr is a band formed by Nivek Ogre, of Skinny Puppy, and musician/engineer Mark Walk. ... Jared Louche of Chemlab Chemlab is a coldwave and industrial rock (or machine rock) band formed in Washington D.C. around 1989 to 1990 by Dylan Thomas More (programming), Joe Frank (programming; not to be confused with the popular radio personality), Jared Hendrickson (vocals, sometimes credited as Jared Louche). ... Tim Sköld (born Thim Sköld on December 14, 1966, in Skövde, Sweden) is a well known multi-instrumentalist and currently the bassist and studio guitarist of Marilyn Manson. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Marilyn Manson is a rock band based in Los Angeles, California. ... Frank Martin Einheit, professionally known as F.M. Eihneit, is an industrial musician from Germany. ... Einstürzende Neubauten is an experimental music band, originally from West Berlin, formed in 1980. ... Nina Hagen (born Catharina Hagen on March 11, 1955) is a singer from Berlin, Germany. ... Image:NicoleBlackman BloodSugar. ... Jared Louche of Chemlab Chemlab is a coldwave and industrial rock (or machine rock) band formed in Washington D.C. around 1989 to 1990 by Dylan Thomas More (programming), Joe Frank (programming; not to be confused with the popular radio personality), Jared Hendrickson (vocals, sometimes credited as Jared Louche). ... Formed in 1987 by performance artists Jim Marcus and Van Christie, Die Warzau (originally referred to as Die Warzau Synfony) has operated on the fringes of industrial music, creating a unique sound that is a genre-bending excursion into the soul of the music form. ... Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NIN) is an American industrial rock band, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. ... My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult (TKK) is an American electronic industrial band originally based out of Chicago, Illinois. ... Giorgio Moroder (born Giovanni Giorgio Moroder on April 26, 1940 in Ortisei, Italy) is an Academy Award-winning Italian record producer, songwriter and performer, whose groundbreaking work with synthesizers during the 1970s was a significant influence on new wave, techno and electronic music in general. ...

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Musical style

While recognized within the ranks of Nitzer Ebb, Ministry, and Skinny Puppy as pioneers in introducing industrial music to mainstream audiences, KMFDM describes their sound as "the Ultra-Heavy Beat". KMFDM's earliest output is more accurately described as performance art, as Konietzko incorporated not only visuals but non-musical devices (e.g. vacuum cleaners) as instruments. Their albums from the 1980s featured heavy sampling and studio manipulations, and the primary instruments used were synthesizers and drum machines. With the addition of guitarist Günter Schulz, KMFDM shifted to a more "industrial metal" style, with heavy guitar riffs driving their sound. With the release of Angst in 1993, KMFDM were discovered by the mainstream with their hit single "A Drug Against War". Despite the band's "anti-MTV", "anti-mainstream" attitude, the video of "A Drug Against War" was circulated in heavy rotation on MTV and was even featured on the MTV cartoon Beavis & Butt-head. Nitzer Ebb (pronounced night-zer or nit-zer—the band themselves pronounce it either way) is a music group formed in 1982 by Essex schoolfriends Douglas McCarthy (vocals, synthesizer), Vaughan (Bon) Harris on synthesizers and drums, and David Gooday. ... This article is about Performance art. ... In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or element of a new recording. ... The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine Drum machines are sequencers with a synthesizer, sampler, and/or a sample playback (rompler) component that is tailored to imitate the sounds of drums and other percussion instruments. ... Industrial metal is a musical genre that draws elements from industrial music and heavy metal music. ... Riff is also an alternate spelling of Rif, a region of Morocco. ... Angst is an album released by the industrial band KMFDM. The 1991 debut album by Swiss Gothic rock band Lacrimosa is also titeled Angst. ... A Drug Against War was the single from KMFDMs 1993 album, Angst. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Beavis (right) and Butt-head Beavis and Butt-head is an animated comedy show that aired on the U.S. TV station MTV from 1993 to 1997, and is a spin-off of MTVs animation showcase Liquid Television. ...


Since the release of 1989's UAIOE, KMFDM's music has been a fusion of electronic and heavy metal, with occasional elements of reggae, ska, and even rap. Many songs feature prominent backing vocals by female singers, notably Dorona Alberti, Cheryl Wilson, Christine Siewart, Sigrid Meyer, Jennifer Ginsberg, Abby Travis, and Lucia Cifarelli. Frequent KMFDM contributor Raymond Watts incorporates the style of his own musical project PIG, which features macabre lyrics, guttural vocals, and heavy, guitar-laden arrangements. UAIOE is industrial rock group KMFDMs fourth album, released in 1989. ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... Heavy metal is a form of rock music characterized by aggressive, driving rhythms and highly amplified distorted guitars, generally with grandiose lyrics and virtuosic instrumentation. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For other uses, see SKA (disambiguation). ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Dorona Alberti is a singer whose projects include: KMFDM, Hobson, Fairocious, Old Shoes, and Briskey. ... Abby Travis (born November 10, 1969 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician. ... Lucia Cifarelli is currently a vocalist for the industrial music group KMFDM. She has previously been a member of the bands MDFMK and Drill. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with PIG. (Discuss) Raymond Watts, an early member and periodic collaborator of KMFDM and the man behind PIG, has been a visible part of the industrial music scene since the early 1980s. ... This article is about the musical band. ... For other uses, see Macabre (disambiguation). ... In articulatory phonetics, the term guttural consonant is sometimes used to describe any of several consonantal speech sounds whose primary place of articulation is near the back of the oral cavity, specifically some velar consonants, uvular consonants, pharyngeal consonants, and epiglottal consonants (q. ...


After the band's three-year hiatus which ended in 2002, KMFDM adopted a more "traditional" rock sound, that is, recording and performing with a typical band lineup — lead vocalist, lead and rhythm guitarists, bassist, and drummer — while continuing to incorporate electronics and sampling.


From KMFDM's inception, the band has been highly political. Their lyrics typically call for the rejection of and resistance to incompetent rule in capitalist society, as well as outrage over terrorism, violence, oppression, censorship, and, most explicitly, war. Their songs often feature samples of news broadcasts and speeches by political leaders, usually in an expression of irony. In economics, a capitalist is someone who owns capital, presumably within the economic system of capitalism. ... Ironic redirects here. ...


KMFDM are not without a sense of humor, however. Nearly every album features a song in which they lampoon themselves, particularly evident in the lyrics to "More & Faster", "Sucks", "Light", "Inane", and "Megalomaniac". Their knack for self-parody came to a head in 2003 with the song "Intro" from the album WWIII, in which Konietzko takes a jab at each band member — including himself — with a tongue-in-cheek and slightly irreverent verse. Often the band performs the encore after the crowd repeatedly chants "KMFDM SUCKS!". WWIII follows the common KMFDM practice of naming albums, and many songs, with five symbols. ...


Konietzko has cited T. Rex, David Bowie, and Frank Zappa as inspiration in the early stages of KMFDM. Zappa is heavily referenced on the albums Don't Blow Your Top and UAIOE.[1] T. Rex (originally known as Tyrannosaurus Rex, also occasionally spelled T Rex or T-Rex), were an English rock band fronted by Marc Bolan. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ...


Etymology

The cover of 84-86, featuring the original stamp used by KMFDM in 1984.
The cover of 84-86, featuring the original stamp used by KMFDM in 1984.

KMFDM is an initialism for the nonsensical and grammatically incorrect German phrase "Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid", which literally translates as "no majority for the pity" but is typically given the loose translation of "no pity for the majority" or "no mercy for the masses". The most common account of the origin of the name involves Konietzko cutting headlines from German newspapers and shuffling around the words to produce the now infamous expression.[2] The name was shortened to "KMFDM" in 1985 in order to simplify the long phrase, with one popular account having Raymond Watts originating the initialism to avoid the difficulties he had in pronouncing the German. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations formed from the initial letter or letters of words, such as NATO and XHTML, and are pronounced in a way that is distinct from the full pronunciation of what the letters stand for. ... This article is about the year. ...


Confusion often arises regarding the correct German expansion of the acronym, primarily stemming from the aforementioned language issues. In German, nouns possess genders that require proper declension of any preceding articles or adjectives. In the true phrase, the articles preceding the nouns "Mehrheit" and "Mitleid" are inflected for the wrong gender. However, swapping the two nouns yields the grammatically correct "Kein Mitleid Für Die Mehrheit", which additionally translates directly as "no pity for the majority". Adding to the confusion is the fact that this "correct" phrase appears within the lyrics to the song "Megalomaniac", which Konietzko revealed was done in order to confuse people who were always telling the band their name was wrong.[3] A German noun has one of three specific grammatical genders (masculine, feminine, neuter) and belongs to one of three declensions. ... In linguistics, grammatical gender is a morphological category associated with the expression of gender through inflection or agreement. ... German declension is the declensional system of the German language. ... German articles have a feature called strength, which influences the declension of the adjectives. ... To correctly agree German adjectives, the case, number and gender of the nominal phrase must be considered along with the article of the noun. ... Inflection of the Spanish lexeme for cat, with blue representing the masculine gender, pink representing the feminine gender, grey representing the form used for mixed-gender, and green representing the plural number. ...


When the band first toured the US in 1989–1990, band members and their associates began using alternate English meanings for their name to tease journalists who did not understand German. The most prominent and most widely repeated was "Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode", which is attributed to Shawn Joyce. After the release of Angst, TVT/Wax Trax! Records launched a promotion (without consent of the band) in which fans were encouraged to come up with at least 1,001 different meanings for KMFDM. College radio DJs Kinslow and Smith of WKGC Florida won the contest with an entry of more than 1,200 potential meanings.[4] For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Depeche Mode (pronounced ) are an electronic music group formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex, England. ... Angst is an album released by the industrial band KMFDM. The 1991 debut album by Swiss Gothic rock band Lacrimosa is also titeled Angst. ...


The lyrics to the song "Moron" feature a slight variant of the traditional translation: "no pity for the masses". Likewise, the song "Light" reveals another possible alternate meaning: "Keiner macht für dich mehr", which translates as "no one does more for you".


Break-up, MDFMK, and reforming

KMFDM disbanded, albeit temporarily, on January 22, 1999. According to Sascha Konietzko, the split was due to "a deep rift between some of the co-members and unsurmountable difference regarding visions and objectives for a possible future."[5] The album Adios was released three months later, with the title originally intended to symbolize the band's departure from the Wax Trax! label, but later signaling the break-up of the band itself. Günter Schulz and En Esch formed the band Slick Idiot, and Konietzko and Tim Skold temporarily regrouped as MDFMK with the addition of singer Lucia Cifarelli. MDFMK released one self-titled album with Republic/Universal Records and toured in the United States and Japan. KMFDM reformed in 2002 with Konietzko, Skold, Cifarelli, and former members Raymond Watts and Bill Rieflin. According to Konietzko, Schulz and Esch were invited to rejoin the band but declined. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... MDFMK was formed by two members of KMFDM, Sascha Konietzko and Tim Skold, following a brief break-up of KMFDM. Lucia Cifarelli of Drill rounded out the trio. ... Sascha Konietzko (born June 21, 1961 in Hamburg, Germany), also known as Sascha K and Käptn K, is the frontman of the industrial music band KMFDM, having founded the group in 1984. ... Adios was originally conceived as KMFDMs parting shot to its longtime record label, Wax Trax! Records. ... Günter Schulz is a German-born guitarist formerly of the band KMFDM. His first credited appearance (as Svetlana Ambrosius, or Svet Am) was on the bands Naïve LP (1990). ... En Esch (born Nicklaus Schandelmaier) is a contemporary musician and has been a member of the bands KMFDM, Pigface, and Slick Idiot. ... Slick Idiot is a German electronic music band in the industrial music genre. ... Tim Sköld (born Thim Sköld on December 14, 1966, in Skövde, Sweden) is a well known multi-instrumentalist and currently the bassist and studio guitarist of Marilyn Manson. ... MDFMK was formed by two members of KMFDM, Sascha Konietzko and Tim Skold, following a brief break-up of KMFDM. Lucia Cifarelli of Drill rounded out the trio. ... Lucia Cifarelli is currently a vocalist for the industrial music group KMFDM. She has previously been a member of the bands MDFMK and Drill. ... Republic Records logo. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with PIG. (Discuss) Raymond Watts, an early member and periodic collaborator of KMFDM and the man behind PIG, has been a visible part of the industrial music scene since the early 1980s. ... William Rieflin William Bill Rieflin (born September 30, 1960) is a contemporary musician and is currently drumming for R.E.M.. In the past he has worked with Ministry, the Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, Pigface, Swans, Chris Connelly, Nine Inch Nails and many others. ...


Currently KMFDM comprises Sascha Konietzko, Lucia Cifarelli, Jules Hodgson, Andy Selway, and Steve White. KMFDM guitarist Jules Hodgson at The Starlite Room on October 9th, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Jules Hodgson is the guitarist for KMFDM, a German industrial band. ... KMFDM drummer Andy Selway and a fan at The Starlite Room on October 9th, 2004 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Andy Selway is the drummer for KMFDM, a German industrial band. ... Steve White is a guitarist for KMFDM, first joining the band in 2002 for the Sturm & Drang Tour, and later appearing on several live albums/DVDs and the studio album Hau Ruck. ...


Controversy

Copyright infringement

The song "Liebeslied" from KMFDM's 1990 album Naïve contains an unlicensed sample of "O Fortuna" from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. The band was threatened with legal action by Orff's publisher (Orff himself died in 1982), and the album was withdrawn from production in 1993. The following year, a new version of the album was released entitled Naïve/Hell to Go, containing remixes of several songs, including the offending track (with the sample removed) which was renamed "Leibesleid (Infringement Mix)" (the modified name is a play of words in German: Liebeslied = "love song", Leibesleid = "physical pain"). Consequently, the original release of Naïve has become highly collectible among KMFDM fans. KMFDM still occasionally performs the original version of "Liebeslied" in concert. Live versions, complete with the controversial sample, can be accessed on both the Beat by Beat by Beat and 20th Anniversary World Tour 2004 DVDs. Carl Orff Carl Orff (July 10, 1895) – March 29, 1982) was a 20th-century German composer, most famous for Carmina Burana (1937). ... A remix is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Columbine High School shootings

In wake of the Columbine High School massacre it was revealed that lyrics to KMFDM songs ("Anarchy", "Power", "Son of a Gun", "Stray Bullet", "Waste") were posted on the website of shooter Eric Harris, and that the massacre coincided with the release date of the album Adios and the birthday of Adolf Hitler. The media was quick to jump on the apparent connection of the massacre to violent entertainment and Nazism. In response, Konietzko issued a statement the following day: The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado (the CDP of Columbine) near Denver and Littleton. ... Eric Harris (left) and Dylan Klebold (right) Eric David Harris (April 9, 1981 – April 20, 1999) and Dylan Bennet Klebold (September 11, 1981 – April 20, 1999) were the high school seniors who committed the Columbine High School massacre. ... Hitler redirects here. ... Nazism in history Nazi ideology Nazism and race Outside Germany Related subjects Lists Politics Portal         Nazism or National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), refers primarily to the ideology and practices of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers Party, German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) under Adolf Hitler. ...

First and foremost, KMFDM would like to express their deep and heartfelt sympathy for the parents, families and friends of the murdered and injured children in Littleton. We are sick and appalled, as is the rest of the nation, by what took place in Colorado yesterday.

KMFDM are an art form — not a political party. From the beginning, our music has been a statement against war, oppression, fascism and violence against others. While some of the former band members are German as reported in the media, none of us condone any Nazi beliefs whatsoever.[6]

Jokela school shootings

On November 7, 2007, nine individuals (six pupils, the school principal, school nurse, and the gunman) died at the Jokela school shooting in Tuusula, Finland. Prior to the rampage, shooter Pekka-Eric Auvinen posted a video on YouTube titled "Jokela High School Massacre 11/7/2007", which used KMFDM's song "Stray Bullet" from the 1997 album Symbols as background music. The Jokela school shooting occurred on November 7, 2007 at Jokela High School (Finnish: ),[4] a public secondary school in the town of Jokela, Tuusula municipality, Finland. ... Tuusula (IPA: /ˈtuːsulɑ/), or Tusby in Swedish is a municipality of Finland. ... YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ...


Album artwork

KMFDM has a long-standing relationship with commercial artist Aidan "Brute!" Hughes, who creates the iconic artwork adorning almost all of the band's albums and singles. Brute!'s artwork is also featured in KMFDM's music videos for "A Drug Against War" and "Son of a Gun", and on the band's promotional t-shirts. Aidan Hughes is a British commercial artist. ...


Prior to the 2006-2007 remastering and rerelease of KMFDM's back catalog, the design and packaging of the albums were inconsistent. Upon their release on KMFDM Records, they were repackaged by designer Justin Gammon to be visually similar. These changes included standard organization of the liner notes, lyrics, photos, and songwriting/guest musician credits.


KMFDM "code"

Around the time the album Naïve was released, a member of the press assumed that KMFDM followed a pattern of naming their albums and certain songs with a single five-letter word. Konietzko adopted the idea and every studio album thereafter was named in this manner, even the compilation albums (Agogo, Retro). In typical KMFDM fashion, the band began mocking their self-imposed conformity by intentionally misspelling words so they would meet the five-letter criteria (Xtort, Attak).


In 1997, they took the concept a step further by adopting five unpronounceable symbols ( explosive starburst, skull and crossbones, bomb with lit fuse, spiral, pounding fist) as the album's official title, imitating similar stunts previously done by Led Zeppelin and Prince. The band, fans, and record executives alike simply referred to the album as Symbols out of convenience, although some listeners — in an attempt to keep the title within the five letter "mold" — referred to the album as either Icons or Curse, alluding to the symbols used in comics to indicate profanity. This five-symbol word is also apparently used in the song "Down and Out" according to the printed lyrics included with the album; however, it is bleeped out of the recording. Image File history File links KMFDM-Symbols-true-title-24. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... Look up Profanity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Often, the five-letter album and song titles are portrayed in a distinct color, possibly to convey apparent importance to those particular words.


The tradition of five-letter-word album titles was broken in 2005 with the release of their fifteenth studio album, Hau Ruck, which translates to "Heave Ho". Likewise, none of the album's song titles are five letter words. However, the title of their 2007 release, Tohuvabohu, while not a five letter word, is composed of five syllables.


Discography

Below is an abbreviated list of studio albums and singles/EPs. For a comprehensive discography including compilations, live albums, soundtracks, and remix work, see KMFDM discography. This is a discography for the industrial band KMFDM. // This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. ...


Studio albums

Opium is a 1984 KMFDM album. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... What Do You Know, Deutschland? is a 1986 album by KMFDM. Indicative of the bands early style, the music is relatively crude, with a strong drum beat and synthesizer. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 // 1986 - Goo Goo Dolls are formed in Buffalo, New York. ... Dont Blow Your Top is industrial rock group KMFDMs third album, released in 1988. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... UAIOE is industrial rock group KMFDMs fourth album, released in 1989. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР exclusively in Russia. ... Naïve is Industrial rock group KMFDMs fifth album, released in 1990. ... See also: 1990 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1990 Record labels established in 1990 list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several broken bones. ... KMFDMs sixth album, Money, was released in 1992. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... Angst is an album released by the industrial band KMFDM. The 1991 debut album by Swiss Gothic rock band Lacrimosa is also titeled Angst. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... Naïve/Hell to Go is an album by KMFDM. This title was re-released because the original album, Naïve, was recalled because of its use of copyright-infringing samples from Carl Orffs O Fortuna. The mix title of track 6, Leibesleid, refers to this incident. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Nihil is an album by the German industrial music band KMFDM, released in 1995. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Xtort (aka a completely badass album) is industrial rock group KMFDMs tenth album, released in 1996. ... See also: 1996 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1996 Record labels established in 1996 January - two teenagers, Nicholaus McDonald and Brian Bassett, aged 18 and 16 respectively, murdered Bassetts parents and younger brother in McCleary. ... Image File history File links KMFDM-Symbols-true-title-24. ... See also: 1997 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1997 Record labels established in 1997 // January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, Lou... Signed copy of KMFDMs Adios Adios was originally conceived as KMFDMs parting shot to its longtime record label, Wax Trax! Records, but it ended up also signaling the break-up of KMFDM itself, at least for a time. ... See also: 1999 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1999 Record labels established in 1999 // January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... Attak, the first KMFDM album following the bands break up and short lived MDFMK project, was released in 2002, (see 2002 in music), on Metropolis Records. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... WWIII follows the common KMFDM practice of naming albums, and many songs, with five symbols. ... See also: 2003 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2003 Record labels established in 2003 // January - following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 original Beatles studio tapes, recorded during the Let It... Hau Ruck is an album by KMFDM, released by Metropolis Records on September 13, 2005. ... See also: 2005 in heavy metal music 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 Albums released in 2005 January 1 - In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including... For the Hebrew phrase, see tohu va bohu. ... See also: 2007 in British music 2007 in hip hop Musical groups established in 2007 Record labels established in 2007 // January George Shearing is knighted for services to music in the Queens New Year Honours List. ...

Singles and EPs

Though not an official KMFDM release, a tribute album called Don't Blow Your Cover was released on Cleopatra Records in 2000. It features KMDFM songs covered by gothic/industrial groups on Cleopatra's roster, as well as updated versions performed by KMFDM members Raymond Watts and Günter Schulz. Kickin Ass is a KMFDM single off of the album What Do You Know, Deutschland?. Each song on the single is also on What Do You Know, Deutschland? (although none of the songs is on all three versions of the album). ... See also: Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Dont Blow Your Top is a KMFDM single off of the album of the same name. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... More & Faster is a KMFDM single released in 1989. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР exclusively in Russia. ... Virus is a KMFDM single preceding the album Naïve. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР exclusively in Russia. ... Godlike is a KMFDM single off of the album Naïve. ... See also: 1990 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1990 Record labels established in 1990 list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several broken bones. ... Naïve/The Days of Swine & Roses is a collaborative single released by KMFDM and My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Split is a KMFDM single released in 1991 between their albums Naïve and Money. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Vogue is a KMFDM single released following the 1992 album Money. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... Money is a KMFDM single, which preceded their fifth album, Money, in 1991. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... Help Us/Save Us/Take Us Away is a KMFDM single off of the 1992 album Money. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... Sucks is a KMFDM single released prior to the 1993 album Angst. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... A Drug Against War was the single from KMFDMs 1993 album, Angst. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... Light is a KMFDM single from their 1993 album Angst. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Glory is a KMFDM single from their album Angst. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Sin Sex & Salvation (1994), is an EP released by KMFDM and P.I.G.. The artist for it is usually listed as P.I.G. vs. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Juke Joint Jezebel is a KMFDM single from the 1995 album Nihil. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Juke Joint Jezebel is a KMFDM single from the 1995 album Nihil. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Trust/Juke Joint Jezebel is an import-only KMFDM single from their 1995 album Nihil. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Brute is a KMFDM single from their 1995 album Nihil. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Rules is a KMFDM single off of their 1996 album Xtort. ... See also: 1996 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1996 Record labels established in 1996 January - two teenagers, Nicholaus McDonald and Brian Bassett, aged 18 and 16 respectively, murdered Bassetts parents and younger brother in McCleary. ... MDFMK is a KMFDM single from their album commonly referred to as Symbols. ... See also: 1998 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1998 Record labels established in 1998 // 1998 - The single Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls sets a new hot 100 airplay record, 18 weeks at number one. ... Boots is a remix single by KMFDM, featuring three versions of These Boots Are Made for Walkin. These Boots Are Made for Walkin – 2:50 These Boots Are Made for Walkin (Bombs Mix) – 3:44 These Boots Are Made for Walkin (Candy Mix) – 6:22 Back in the U.S... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... Ruck Zuck (which loosely means right now) is an EP by KMFDM, featuring remixed tracks from their previous full-length release, Hau Ruck. ... See also: 2006 in British music Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ... Cleopatra Records is a Los Angeles-based independent record label. ... This article is about the musical band. ... Günter Schulz is a German-born guitarist formerly of the band KMFDM. His first credited appearance (as Svetlana Ambrosius, or Svet Am) was on the bands Naïve LP (1990). ...


Side projects

Members of KMFDM have either fronted or supported several side projects throughout the band's activity, often simultaneously with their work in KMFDM. Former members have also formed new groups.

  • Excessive Force – Sascha Konietzko, En Esch, Günter Schulz, Mark Durante (1991–?)
  • MDFMK – Formed by Sascha Konietzko, Tim Skold, and Lucia Cifarelli during KMFDM's hiatus (2000–2001)
  • PIG – Raymond Watts (1987– ) (PIG members Jules Hodgson, Andy Selway, and Steve White joined KMFDM in 2002), Günter Schulz (touring guitarist 2006– )
  • Schaft – Raymond Watts (1994)
  • Schwein – Raymond Watts, Sascha Konietzko, Jules Hodgson, Steve White (2001)
  • Pigface – En Esch (1990–1993, 1999–2005), Günter Schulz (1999–2005)
  • Slick Idiot – Formed by En Esch and Günter Schulz following the 1999 break-up of KMFDM (1999– )
  • Schulz – Günter Schulz's spin-off of Slick Idiot (2005– )[7]
  • KGC – Sascha Konietzko, Lucia Cifarelli (2006)[8]
  • En Esch released the solo album Cheesy in 1993
  • Prior to her involvement with KMFDM/MDFMK Lucia Cifarelli fronted the band Drill. She released the solo album From the Land of Volcanos in 2004.

Excessive Force is a musical side project started in 1991 by Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM and Buzz McCoy of My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. ... MDFMK was formed by two members of KMFDM, Sascha Konietzko and Tim Skold, following a brief break-up of KMFDM. Lucia Cifarelli of Drill rounded out the trio. ... This article is about the musical band. ... Schaft is a Japanese musical side project of Maki Fujii, of Soft Ballet, and Imai Hisashi, of Buck-Tick. ... Schwein is a music group consisting of members of KMFDM, P.I.G. and BUCK-TICK. Members Raymond Watts and Imai Hisashi, both having worked together with Schaft, were joined by Sakurai Atsushi of BUCK-TICK and Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM. In 2001 Schwein released an album, Schweinstein followed by... Pigface is an industrial rock supergroup formed in 1990 by Martin Atkins and Bill Rieflin. ... Slick Idiot is a German electronic music band in the industrial music genre. ... Günter Schulz is a German-born guitarist formerly of the band KMFDM. His first credited appearance (as Svetlana Ambrosius, or Svet Am) was on the bands Naïve LP (1990). ... KGC is a musical collaboration between Sascha Konietzko and Lucia Cifarelli of KMFDM and Dean Garcia of Curve, formed in 2006. ... En Esch (born Nicklaus Schandelmaier) is a contemporary musician and has been a member of the bands KMFDM, Pigface, and Slick Idiot. ... Cheesy (1993) is a solo album by En Esch of KMFDM and Slick Idiot. ... Drill was an alternative rock band from New York, headed by vocalist Lucia Cifarelli, whose members include guitarist Dan Harnett, bassist John DeServio, and drummer Marcus Farny. ... From the Land of Volcanos is the debut solo album by Drill and KMFDM veteran Lucia Cifarelli. ...

References

  1. ^ Engelhart, Tony (2003-10-22). KMFDM returns with an Attak. LosingToday Magazine. Retrieved on June 16, 2006.
  2. ^ Herrera, Anthony; Roshi B. (2005-01-04). KMFDM Biography. KMFDM.BiohazardMusic.com. AlliancePacificaProductions. Retrieved on June 16, 2006.
  3. ^ KMFDM (German). Entry Magazin (1997). Retrieved on June 20, 2006.
  4. ^ What does KMFDM stand for?. SonicEnvelope.com. Retrieved on June 16, 2006.
  5. ^ Cross, Jody; Josh Hammonds (2003-12-08). KMFDM FAQ. Retrieved on June 27, 2006.
  6. ^ Cross, Jody; Josh Hammonds (2003-12-08). KMFDM FAQ. Retrieved on June 16, 2006.
  7. ^ Schulz. Retrieved on June 16, 2006.
  8. ^ MySpace Music: KGC. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.

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