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KMFDM is an industrial
band, formed in Paris on February 29th
, 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)
- 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
- Axe 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.
- BizarreInstrument/EverythingIsAnInstrument: 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"
- 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"
- Many of their covers feature someone being murdered or attaked
- 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
- 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, "Down In It" by Nine Inch Nails, "Being Boiled" by The Human League, ""Crazy Horses" by The Osmonds
- 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.
- Creator Couple: Sascha and Lucia
- Eagleland: "New American Century", "Sex on the Flag", and most of WWIII are pretty blatant type 2's
- 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.
- EverythingIsAnInstrument/BizarreInstrument: Whipping, Banging, breaking things, lawnchairs, rocks, rubble, dirt, drill, vacuum cleaner, unspecified noise, cockpit voice recorder, soviet synth, scratch piano, Nervous chatter, jaw shivering, a party baloon solo, unspecified metal percussion,
- 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 are starting to sound like future pop.
- Industrial Metal: A few songs on UAIOE, Naive and Angst, Nihil and Xtort, and everything from Boots until Tohuvabohu everything else is mostly electro-industrial
- 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.
- 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, 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
- 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"
- 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")
- Self-Parody: "Light", "Megalomaniac", "Sucks", "Inane", "Intro", "Bitches"...
- 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"
- 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
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: "We Must Awaken" and "What Do You Know?".
- Suspiciously Similar Song: "Hole in the Wall" is the lyrics of "Liebesleid" translated into English, they also have similar guitar riffs
- The guitar riffs to "Pretty Vacant" by Sex Pistols and "Anarchy" are practically the same thing.
- 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.
- Take That Me: 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.
- Thrash Metal: "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.
- The Pete Best: Ton Giest. They played on the first album and we dont know much else about them. And then there is Udo Sturm who was a member while they did performance art but left when they became a band.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: "Rubicon", "Rebels in Kontrol", "More & Faster"
- Inverted with "Anarchy", "Rebels in Kontrol", and "Free Your Hate", they are criticisms of violent revolution
- 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.