Music: KMFDM

KMFDM is an industrial rock/metal band, formed in Paris on February 29, 1984. It was originally a performance art group started by Sascha Konietzko and Udo Sturm, but as Konietzko was more interested in studio recordings he began collaborating with Raymond Watts and En Esch (real name Nicklaus Schandelmaier).

They released eleven albums and split up in 1999, citing creative differences. Konietzko was joined by former contributor Tim Skold and vocalist Lucia Cifarelli as MDFMK, and released one self-titled album, before reforming as KMFDM in 2002 - since then they have released five albums, and remastered versions of their previous discography.

The band usually has a revolving lineup - but their latest lineup has been stable for the last four albums - which consists of Sascha Konietzko, Lucia Cifarelli, Jules Hodgson, Andy Selway and Steve White. Additionally, Konietzko is the only member to appear on every album.

Discography:
  • Opium (1984)
  • What Do You Know, Deutschland? (1986)
  • Don't Blow Your Top (1988)
  • UAIOE (1989)
  • Naïve (1990)
  • Money (1992)
  • Angst (1993)
  • Sin, Sex & Salvation (EP with PIG) (1994)
  • Nihil (1995)
  • Xtort (1996)
  • Symbols (1997)
  • Adios (1999)
  • Boots (EP) (2002)
  • Attak (2002)
  • WWIII (2003)
  • Hau Ruck (2005)
  • Tohuvabohu (2007)
  • Skold vs. KMFDM (2009)
  • Blitz (2009)
  • Greatest Shit (2010) (also released as Würst with edited cover art)
  • WTF?! (2011)
  • Kunst (2013)
  • Our Time Will Come (2014)

KMFDM provides examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "Juke Joint Jezebel"
  • Altum Videtur: The choruses of "Tohuvabohu"
  • Ascended Meme: Some of the fake acronyms for KMFDM ("Kill Motherfucking Depeche Mode", most notably) made up by fans have been referenced in both "Sucks" and "Kunst".
  • Awesome McCoolname: Sascha "Käpt'n K" Konietzko
  • Ax-Crazy: "Thrash Up!", "Me and My Gun"
  • Bald of Awesome: En Esch and Sascha himself, for awhile.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT mention Nazis, Columbine, or MTV around Sascha.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Among other languages, some songs are in German ("Leid und Elend"), Italian ("Panzerfaust"), Latin (the chorus of "Tohuvabohu"), Russian ("Davai"), Spanish (their cover of "Los Niños Del Parque"), et cetera. Sascha himself speaks English, Russian, and German fluently.
  • Bizarre Instrument/Everything Is an Instrument: Whipping, Banging, Breaking stuff, a drill, a vacuum cleaner, Lawnchairs, rocks, rubble, dirt, metal percussion, the Soviet synth, the scratch Piano, a party baloon solo, and a cockpit voice recorder.
    • At their first show they hired laid-off steel workers to bang on the support beams of the venue where they played their first concert.
  • Breakup Song: KMFDM of all people have several, "Every Day's a Good Day", "Adios", "Strut", and possibly "En Esch"
  • Brick Joke: "Inane" contains the line "German engineering, astounding ingenuity / Over a decade of conceptual continuity", which is updated in "Kunst" to "twenty-nine years of conceptual continuity".
    • In "Virus", the listener is directed to check the resistance in their cells, "Apathy" contains the lyric: "No resistance in the cells"
  • Call Back: The opening line of "Professional Killer" is "Conquer Your World" which is also the name of a song by Sascha's side project Excessive Force
  • The Cameo: Nivek Ogre on Symbols and Adios, Koichi Fukuda and Sebastian Komor on WTF?!, and F.M. Einheit on Xtort
    • Peter Murphy as well on a rare version of "Today"
  • Careful with That Axe: Lucia has a few of these moments. In fact, she mentions that she destroyed an expensive microphone from screaming her head off on the official website.
  • Catch Phrase: "KMFDM Sucks!" has become popular with the fans.
    • Rip The System was the band's during the En Esch era along with "I'm a sick, sick man, but I got class, 'coz you only gain respect when you're kickin' ass"
  • Contemptible Cover: Kunst's cover features a topless woman cutting a Christian cross in half with a chainsaw. When the cover for the album was announced on the band's Facebook page, it was actually deleted because it violated the terms of use.
    • Many of their covers feature someone being murdered or attacked.
    • The cover of Naive features two people having sex outdoors.
    • The compilation Agogo features the Silhouette of a nude woman dancing over a factory with bombers flying overhead. this is one of the tamer ones.
    • Their Greatest Shit compilation has two nude women firing guns.
    • Don't Blow Your Top has a giant headless nude woman walking outside of an erupting volcano.
    • Greatest Shit/Wurst has two nude women firing weapons.
  • Cool Shades: Sascha's.
  • Cover Version: "Los Ninos del Parque" by Liaisons Dangerueses, "Mini Mini Mini" by Jacques Dutronc, "Mysterious Ways" by U2, "These Boots are made for Walkin" by Nancy Sinatra, "Being Boiled" by The Human League, ""Crazy Horses" by The Osmonds, Material Girl by Madonna, "Godlight" by Patti Smith
    • Sascha once did a solo cover of "Down In It" by Nine Inch Nails.
    • On a KMFDM tribute album Raymond Watts covered "Disobedience" (Technically covering himself), and Gunter Shultz covered "Light". ** ** Slick Idiot also covers "A Drug Against War" sometimes as well as the Errol Brown song "Everybody's a Winner"
    • Gunter Schultz and En Esch collaborated on covers of "Head Like a Hole" and "Terrible Lie" by Nine Inch Nails and "Rhinoceros" by Smashing Pumpkins
    • En Esch has covered "Work for Love" by Ministry, and collaborated with Terminal Sect for a cover of "Who Made Who" by AC/DC
    • PIG has cover "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath, "Hello Hooray" by Alice Cooper, "Just Like You" by Ministry, "Head Like a Hole" by Nine Inch Nails, and "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins
  • Eagleland: "New American Century", "Sex on the Flag", and most of WWIII are pretty blatant type 2's
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Tim Skold on Symbols, William Wilson on WTF?! and "Day of Light"
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Opium is straight forward Industrial, then thier next two albums turned into proto-EBM and their next few were mostly dance music with some metal songs thrown in. Angst was the first album to consist mainly of metal songs.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: Tim Skold when he first joined the band. Subverted when he became a member of MDFMK and rejoined temporarily when KMFDM reformed. He then left and came back for a few collaborations years later
  • Full-Circle Revolution: "Anarchy" is about one
  • Greatest Hits Album: Greatest Shit/Würst is a collection of remixed versions of some of KMFDM's best known tracks.
  • Heavy Metal: "Search & Destroy", "Trust", "Thrash Up!", "En Esch", "Inane"
  • Hidden Track: "Fairy" on Xtort and "Nihil" on, well, Nihil
  • I Am the Band: Sascha and En Esch are this, as well as the Faces of the Band, as noted above.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Starting with UAIOE and breaking the chain with Hau Ruck (originally named FUBAR, which would have kept the five-letter album title tradition going). Tohuvabohu came close to resuming the tradition with five syllables in the title. Their album Blitz returned to the tradition, but Our Time Has Come appears to have departed from it once again.
  • Initialism Title: Their name is an initialism of Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid, the nonsensical German phrase meaning 'no majority for the pity' - though it's often translated roughly as 'no mercy for the masses' (which would be Kein Mitleid Für Die Mehrheit). And then there's all the fan-suggested names...
  • Industrial: Their first album Opium definitely qualifies. Don't Blow Your Top and What Do You Know, Deutschland? sound like Ur Examples of EBM but the genre already existed by then. Good portions of UAIOE, Money, and Naive sound like this too. Their post-Tohuvabohu albums have distinct Electro-Industrial influences.
  • Industrial Metal: Most of their 90s and 2000s work is this, though some of it Electro-Industrial. Their newest albums are pretty evenly split between the two genres.
  • Intercourse with You: "UAIOE", "Loving Can Be an Art", "Liebesleid", "Hole in the Wall", "Conillion"
  • In the Style of...: All of their covers are done in their traditional style except for "Mysterious Ways" which is done like a straight forward cover
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: "The Death And Burial of C.R." from WTF?! is the nursery rhyme "Who Killed Cock Robin?" set to really fucking creepy music.
  • Irony: Despite their hatred of MTV, they appeared no 120 minutes in 1992. on top of that the "A Drug Against War" appeared on Beavis And Butthead.
    • "Intro" is the last track on WWIII
  • Kangaroo Court: "Rebels In Kontrol" mentions this in a later part of the song resembling a news broadcast, which says that "the world's political leaders have been detained and will be tried by kangaroo courts for their committed crimes against humanity". The segment ends with Lucia screaming 'Make the rules up as we go!'
  • Kill It with Fire: "Ultra"
  • La Résistance: "Anarchy", "Jihad", "New American Century", "Not in My Name", "Rebels in Kontrol"
  • List Song: "Inane". Also a Song of Song Titles as it includes the name of every album and single they had released at the time.
    • "Kunst" is this as well, using titles from songs that were created both before and after Xtort.
    • "Wrath" deserves a mention here.
  • Loudness War: Particularly their last six albums.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Juke Joint Jezebel" "Don't Blow Your Top" "Everyday's a Good Day" etc.
  • Madness Mantra: "Rip The System" and "Die Now, Live Later"
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: The early stuff isn't even applicable, due to (mostly) lacking guitars. The later (UAIOE onwards) mostly hovers around 6-7, with a few (ie "A Drug Against War", "Son of a Gun") going up to the 8-10 range and a few (ie "Stray Bullet", "Achtung!") around 4-5.
    • The hidden track on Nihil is a pretty standard 11
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Being an Industrial/Industrial Metal band, this is a given. They mostly mix Electro Punk, Industrial Dance, and Thrash Metal but Funk, Punk, Industrial, Dub, Hip Hop and Synth Pop influences have appeared before. "Virus (Dub)" has Rocksteady influences.
  • New Sound Album: UAIOE marked the band's transition from straightforward Industrial to Industrial Metal. Then there was Symbols which was a change to electronic music. They went back to Industrial Metal when they reformed but then changed to future pop on Blitz although there were still one or two metal songs between the next few albums.
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: "Take it Like a Man", "Liebesleid", and "Hole in the Wall"
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: "The Death and Burial of C.R." and the opening of "Day of Light"
  • Oppressive States of America: Most of their Protest Songs are about this, most notably WWIII.
  • Piss-Take Rap: "Murder" and "Rules".
  • Professional Killer: Take a wild guess.
  • Protest Song: "Terror", "Glory", "A Drug Against War/Wall Street", Most of WWIII, "New American Century", "Not in My Name", "Anarchy", "Pussy Riot", "Rebels in Kontrol", "The Problem", "No Peace", "Dogma", "Murder", "Friede", "Skurk", "Preach/Prevert", "Urban Monkey Warfare", "Spit or Swallow", "Free Your Hate", "Feed Our Fame", "Spectre", "Bait & Switch", "Take 'm Out", "Me and My Gun", "That's All", "Rubicon", "Full Worm Garden" arguably "Lynchmob".
  • Rap Rock: "Rules", "Murder", and "Money"
  • Religion Rant Song: "People of the Lie", "Murder", "Beast", "Disobediance", "Godlike", "Jihad", "Preach/Pervert", "Viva La Mort", "I Will Pray", "Sex on the Flag", "Help Us/Save Us/Take Us Away", "Die Now, Live Later".
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: "Rubicon", "Rebels in Kontrol", "More & Faster" and the cover of Our Time Will Come.
    • Inverted with "Anarchy", "Rebels in Kontrol", and "Free Your Hate", they are criticisms of violent revolution.
  • Sampling: "Godlike" samples a guitar riff from "Angel of Death" by Slayer, "Liebesleid" samples "O Fortuna" and WWIII uses a lot of George W. Bush samples and a sample of one of Hitler's speeches.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "Brute", "Thrash Up!", "Flesh", "Ultra", "Piggybank", "Disgust", "R.U,OK?", "Me and My Gun", "Revolution", "Spit Sperm", the chorus of "Terror", half of Hau Ruck ("Ready to Blow", "You're No Good", "Auf Wiederseh'n", and "Real Thing")
    • The most disturbing was probably "Ooh La La".
  • Self-Deprecation: As mentioned earlier, "KMFDM sucks" is common among the fans thanks to the song "Sucks" off of the Angst album; it's typically chanted live to announce the audience wants an encore or on YouTube videos. Like "Primus sucks", it usually upsets some fans that aren't aware of the joke.
  • Self-Parody: "Light", "Megalomaniac", "Sucks", "Inane", "Intro", "Bitches"...
  • Sixth Ranger: William Wilson, Tim Skold (see Eleventh Hour Ranger above) and Raymond Watts (Twice).
  • Shout-Out: The credits of Blitz lampshades the P-funk style bass riff.
    • "Stars & Stripes" references "As the Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade" by Mark Stewart and "Terror" references "How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?" by the Pop Group. Sascha is a huge Mark Stewart fan.
    • "Itchy Bitchy" references Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry".
    • Their face book page lists their hometown as Mega-City One.
  • Slasher Smile: The cover of UAIOE
  • Speed Metal: "Apathy", "A Drug Against War"/"A Drug Against Wall Street", "Son of a Gun", "Sad Und Kraft", "Search and Destroy", "WWIII", "Bullets, Bombs and Bigotry", and "Every Day's a Good Day"
  • Spoken Word in Music: "Dogma", "Fairy", "Terror", "Not In My Name", "Rebels in Kontrol", "Death & Burial of C.R.", "Inane"
  • Start My Own: After KMFDM broke up, En Esch and Gunter Shultz formed Slick Idiot. Raymond Watts, when not working with them, would focus on his solo project, PIG
  • Straw Nihilist: "Beast" is a satirization of this trope
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: "We Must Awaken" and "What Do You Know?".
  • Symbol Swearing: The Symbols album.
  • Take That: "Me and My Gun" is one towards the news outlets that blamed them for Columbine and it doesn't pull its punches.
  • Thrash Metal: The Agogo version of "Godlike", "Hole in the Wall", "Glory", "Sad Und Craft", "Apathy" and "Thrash Up!" (Sort of)
  • Title Drop: The band drops their name into songs occasionally.
    • Examples: "Megalomaniac", "D.I.Y.", "Sucks", "A Drug Against War", "Inane", "Back in the USSA", et cetera.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Originally between Sascha, En Esch, and some female vocalists, in the ninties it became Sascha and various female vocalists with some lead vocal or spoken word contributions from guest vocalists and sometimes Raymond Watts or Tim Skold while En Esch gradually became a backing vocalist. In the 2000's, it was between Sascha and Lucia. Tim Skold made some contributions in the early 2000's until he left and made more lead contributions on various guest appearances. William Wilson has been gradually becoming a common lead vocalist lately.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "Megalomaniac", "Torture", "Stray Bullet", half the songs on Xtort (specifically "Rules", "Blame", "Ikons"; "Power" and "Craze"), "Sycophant", "UAIOE", The chorus of "Urban Monkey Warfare", and the title track of Tohuvabohu.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: The songs "Krank", "Ikons", "R.U.OK?" and "Rebels in Kontrol", as well as the albums Xtort and Attak.