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KMFDM

Such industrial alt-metal outfits as Nine Inch Nails and Ministry received the lion's share of press and commercial success during the '90s, but a handful of other bands slugged it out for just as long (if not longer), including KMFDM. The band's name has been the subject of countless debates among fans over the years as to what it stands for (their record company even went as far as holding a contest in 1994 for fans to submit possible meanings, resulting in more than 1,000 entries), but the confirmed meaning is "Kein Mitleid für die Mehrheit" which, when translated into English, means "No Pity for the Majority." The German band has included countless members over the years, but through it all, their leader has remained Sascha Konietzko, whose multiple roles have included that of songwriter, producer, mixer, programmer, sampler, vocalist, percussionist, bassist, and electronic gadgeteer.

Originally formed in Paris, France, KMFDM were founded by Konietzko and German painter/multimedia performer Udo Sturm. The duo made their in-concert debut on February 29, 1984, when they performed at an opening for an exhibition of European artists at the Grand Palais in Paris (with the show consisting of Sturm playing a synthesizer that would play feedback, and Konietzko playing a five-string bass). The same year, KMFDM issued their debut release, Opium, but Sturm exited the group shortly thereafter (around the same time, Konietzko was joined by drummer En Esch, who would remain with the group until 1999). With Sturm out of the picture, Konietzko and Esch put KMFDM on hold at first and joined up with New York industrialist Peter Missing to form the outfit Missing Foundations. But before the new outfit could issue any recordings, both Konietzko and Esch had dropped out and returned to KMFDM (Missing Foundations would carry on with replacement members and go on to issue albums on their own from the late '80s through the early '90s).

KMFDM's sophomore effort, What Do You Know Deutschland?, came in 1986 and was the group's first of many for Chicago's famed industrial label Wax Trax! But instead of if being an album of all new tracks, it was comprised of selections spanning from 1983 through 1986 (in fact, several were prior to Esch's joining). Around this time, KMFDM struck up a relationship with artist Aidan Hughes (aka Brute!), who would steadily supply cover artwork for the group; the images would become synonymous with KMFDM's hard-hitting music. Konietzko and company pushed forward with such further '80s releases as 1988's Don't Blow Your Top and 1989's UAIOE, during which KMFDM found themselves in the middle of an underground industrial movement (it didn't hurt matters that Wax Trax! quickly became one of the leading industrial labels in the world, as they were the home to such other similarly styled acts as Ministry, Revco, Front 242, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, etc.).

But KMFDM had yet to tour America by 1989 (having heavily toured Europe with the likes of Einstürzende Neubauten, Young Gods, and Borghesia, among others), something they sought to correct when they were offered a slot opening a U.S. tour for labelmates Ministry, who at the time were readying their classic The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste release. With the tour lined up for a summer launch, it was pushed back several times (due to Ministry leader Al Jourgensen falling ill) and the tour finally got underway in December 1989. The tour successfully established KMFDM as a band to watch in the industrial underground, as they returned to Europe after the tour's completion to work on their fifth full-length release overall, 1990's Naïve. Realizing that industrial's future lay in the U.S., Konietzko relocated KMFDM's home base from Hamburg to Chicago during 1991. The same year, KMFDM's side project Excessive Force was formed, issuing a debut release, Conquer Your World, in 1992, the same year that KMFDM issued a new release as well, Money.

But just as it appeared as though KMFDM were about to break through to a wider audience, Wax Trax! suddenly found itself on hard times, resulting in the label being bought out by TVT Records. What followed for KMFDM were some of its best-known and strongest releases: 1993's Angst (which earned the group its first real exposure on MTV via the video clip for the track "Drug Against War"), 1995's Nihil, and 1996's XTORT. During the same time, Excessive Force issued a second release, 1994's Gentle Death, while Konietzko relocated once more, this time to Seattle. Further releases followed in the late '90s (1997's Symbols, 1998's Agogo, and 1999's Adios), before KMFDM disbanded on January 22, 1999.

In the wake of the group's split, Konietzko assembled a new outfit, MDFMK (yep, KMFDM spelled backward) and issued a lone self-titled release in 2000 before KMFDM reunited in 2002 for an all-new album, Attak, and the live album Sturm & Drang Tour 2002. The year 2003 saw the release of WWIII, followed by WWIII Live 2003 a year later. Released on KMFDM Records, 2005's Hau Ruck was classic KMFDM in all its aggressive industrial power. The Ruck Zuck EP followed in 2006, with the full-length Tohuvabohu landing in 2007. Remix album Brimborium and rarities collection Extra, Vol. 1 were both released in 2008. Blitz followed in 2009, with the greatest-hits compilation Würst arriving a year later. New material arrived in 2011 with the loud and heavy WTF?! Kunst followed in 2013, with a song dedicated to the jailed Russian anarchist group P**sy Riot along with a collaboration featuring the Swedish group Morlocks.

In addition to leading KMFDM, Konietzko has also worked with other artists, either playing, producing, or remixing tracks and/or albums by Die Krupps, Front 242, kidneythieves, M People, Peter Murphy, Pig, Schwein, Sister Machine Gun, and Swamp Terrorists, among others. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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I think most of their covers are awesome but the meaning of the abbreviation is f**kin rad.
I like the album covers, c kmfdm is good music
90,000 volts into my neck bolts
Those Germans and industrial music. Just awesome.
wittenborn2
I found out about this game from playing Test Drive 5 when I was like 4.
This is the band that got me into industrial music, much respect. Rock on!
I have strawberry jam in my blood
Learn to be open entirely internet toughes
Spit sperm sperm spit sperm
cobaltkitti
krane1208, if you don't like foreign lyrics why do you have a Rammstein station? That doesn't make any sense, you do know that Rammstein has foreign lyric?
krane1208, i understand that feeling about foreign lyrics. however, that should not stop you from learning foreign languages, mwa-ha-ha-ha - h a !
industrial metal will never take over real metal - but it is a nice change
I can do brainwork while this kind of stuff is in the background
the foreign lyrics make me want to smash things
killing Machines Finally Destroy Mankind
Drugs against war
Out of all the industrial/e l e c t r o n i c metal bands there are, these guys definitely have one of the strongest sound and drive out there. The other german band like this is rammstein, with a powerful drive and cutting sound. Heres a like to them
Kmfdm jams.
Follow for follow.
Kill Mother F**king Depeche Mode
I like Skiing to KMFDM
woodard77
Still an amazing classic industrial song...
the_misfit_a n a r c h i s t
Crazy nice to the ear
Industrial is
is awesome
das ist so gail
Aonw songs are great some are question able but its oky
Hope you enjoy the show. I was so infatuated with Sascha the first time I saw them in early 90s :)
I'm going see them in November . I have wanting for along time !!!
KMFDM sucks!!! \m/
No doubt about it.
KMFDM ROCKS!
Saw them a few months ago love them!!!
KMFDM is an anti-corpora t e m u s i c project that knows how to market itself. Yes, it must be awesome to pull this off.
^_^ why do other bands still exist? can't we just declare KMFDM the winner?
tvlad68
KMFDM thanks for the great effort. You are much better than Schwarznegge r in Red Heat movie...but still you had a s**tty interpretor
The United States is a Representati v e Democracy because the founding fathers believed, like Toadsrides discussed, that the general population would not be educated enough to vote on issues "correctly." This is also a reason the Electoral College is in existence. We can see an example of Direct Democracy at work, while creating the "Tyranny of the majority", in the piece of legislation Proposition 8. This is an obvious crime against the equal protection granted by the 14th Amendment. But even thi
tvlad68
So far seen nothing
tvlad68
Its no big deal to subscribe but im waiting for our commercials
tvlad68
Kfmdm its a thing on its own. Its a culture and sake of mind. I love it and im motivated in my jov by these guys. I love them and i love pandora
a pretty freaky band, but whats the freakiest is how many albums they have...is this guy a vampire?
KMFDM SUCKS!!
greatest christian band ever!
toadsrides
I applaud those who, through no fault of their own, have grown up on the welfare system, worked for an education, and now are the very success stories this country was built on. Unfortunatel y that is NOT the mitleid!
toadsrides
Today the same thing can be said of our country (or many others outside of the U.S.). How many welfare recipients are really going to investigate the issues and question politicians? All they have to hear is: vote for them and they'll reduce your welfare check or deport you!. Unfortunatel y the mitleid is growing...al l according to plan.
toadsrides
Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid (the intro transposed the name) essentially states the belief that the majority of the populace do not have the intelligence to vote properly. Thomas Jefferson was also a proponent of this line of thinking when he lobbied to only allow land owners the right to have a vote. I read a discussion in Spin Magazine back in 1988 where the guys were explaining the evolution of their name. ...The main reason I took German in high school.
Today the same thing can be said o
nicko252008
UNREAL MUSIC!
Also isn't Wurst German for sausage or various other processed meats?
Is it me or did they change the cover art for Wurst? I could have sworn the two women were naked.
Will Nevin is a wanker!
the beatings will continue until morale improves
one of the highest energy shows I've ever been to. awsome
My band is opening for En Esch's side project Slick Idiot tonight. Check us out at reverbnation . c o m / a x i s s a t e l l i t e !
jasonianfran k s
Kallie Malow Fans Don't Masturbate
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