KMFDM

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Nihilistic industrial band originally formed in Hamburg, Germany, but who later enjoyed cult success in the USA. The band’s name is an acronym of ‘Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid’, a piece of German wordplay translating as ‘No Pity For The Majority’. The band was formed in February 1984 by electronics expert Sascha Konietzko and painter and multi-media performer Udo Sturm, to play at an exhibition of young European artists in Paris. Back in Hamburg, Konietzko teamed up with En Esch (vocals/drums) and Englishman Raymond Watts to play experimental electronic music, characterised by mechanistic beats and sampled vocals. The cassette-only release Opium spread their reputation on the German underground scene. It was followed by the more widely available What Do You Know, Deutschland?, which collected material recorded between 1983 and 1986. The band was then introduced to the UK’s Skysaw Records label, leading to the release of the...

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