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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 (or much 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 2014, the group celebrated "Over Two Decades & A Half Decades of Conceptual Continuity" with a live album, We Are KMFDM, and their 19th studio effort, Our Time Will Come.

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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On tour and I got my tickets!
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victorr1234
Our time has come isnt on pandora yet :'(
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Supercalafra g a l i s t i c . . Skold & En Esch both have great material outside of KMFDM. But this band is great &Phuckin great live. Time for some Rompin stompin.... Arrrrr
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Love their s**t!!! And what the name stands for hahaha
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<3
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A very amazing band to listen to
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One of my Favorite Bands of all time, and they are amazing live.
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Everyone heard of SKOLD vs KMFDM? Come on bring it!
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Pioneers...i f you ask Skold or En Esch they will say we're not industrial we are heavy beat. Seen em,met em and partied with them..Great times.. That no pity for the majority is crap..Kill mother fuckn depeche mode..was what they went by until the contest they had for fans to name the band.
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Kein Mitleid für die Massen!
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jeric6
Saw KMFDM a few times, but first time was in 1989, or early 90' can't remember, at the Speedway Cafe in SLC, UT. with Ministry. They had a chain link fence separating the stage from the fans. Before the show a roadie came out with a metal pipe and threatened to smash the fingers of anyone who tried to climb the fence, (he never got mine). At some point I got kicked in the face. Awesome show!
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KILL MUTHAFUCKIN DEAD MAU5
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KMFDM was the reason I picked up a German minor in college. Met them like 5 times and got to eventually greet Sascha in his native tongue. Good times. Waiting for new tour dates...
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KMFDM SUCKS
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KILL MUTHAF#KN DEPECHE MODE
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K - Knowing
M - Much
F - F**king
D - Destroys
M - Mind
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K- killing
M- machines
F- finally
D- destroy
M- mankind
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nicko252008
This is what all those industrial groups WISH they could be! The true originals!
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I think most of their covers are awesome but the meaning of the abbreviation is f**kin rad.
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I like the album covers, c kmfdm is good music
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90,000 volts into my neck bolts
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I found out about this game from playing Test Drive 5 when I was like 4.
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This is the band that got me into industrial music, much respect. Rock on!
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I have strawberry jam in my blood
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Learn to be open entirely internet toughes
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Spit sperm sperm spit sperm
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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?
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krane1208, i understand that feeling about foreign lyrics. however, that should not stop you from learning foreign languages, mwa-ha-ha-ha - h a !
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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
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killing Machines Finally Destroy Mankind
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Drugs against war
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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
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Kmfdm jams.
Follow for follow.
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Kill Mother F**king Depeche Mode
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I like Skiing to KMFDM
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woodard77
Still an amazing classic industrial song...
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the_misfit_a n a r c h i s t
Crazy nice to the ear
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Industrial is
is awesome
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das ist so gail
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Aonw songs are great some are question able but its oky
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Hope you enjoy the show. I was so infatuated with Sascha the first time I saw them in early 90s :)
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I'm going see them in November . I have wanting for along time !!!
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KMFDM sucks!!! \m/
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No doubt about it.
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KMFDM ROCKS!
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Saw them a few months ago love them!!!
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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.
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^_^ why do other bands still exist? can't we just declare KMFDM the winner?
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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
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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
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