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Juke Joint Jezebel

FEATURED: Saturday, April 15th, 2000
FORMED: February 29, 1984 in Paris, France
DISBANDED: January 22, 1999

KMFDM was one of Wax Trax's first industrial superstars, combining the corrosive scratching of their guitars with a hard, throbbing hip-hop derived beat. KMFDM has been speculated to stand for everything from "Karl Marx Found Dead Masterbating" to the infamous pseudo-acronym, "Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode" - the official name has always been "Kein Mitleid Fur Die Mehrheit" (No Pity For The Majority). Originally conceived by Sascha Konietzko and his friend Udo Sturm to accompany a Paris art exhibit, the first performance consisted of feedback, five bass guitars, and four Polish coal miners banging on the museum's foundations.

While earlier recordings are mainly comprised of a sampled audio-collage laid over heavy, minimalistic drum beats, newer material often sounds closer to heavy metal. In between the two styles lies a vast landscape of fused sounds from disco, techno, hip-hop, and rap. Underlying the recordings is a good ear for a dark, throbbing beat, and an off-kilter sense of humor, politics, and sex.

In the late '80s, the German trio (originally a quartet) became an underground sensation not only in America but in much of Europe; clubs became devoted to playing their style of abrasive, distorted guitar-driven dance music. KMFDM continues to be one of the major industrial bands of the '90s, with their recordings becoming even more aggressive, both musically and politically, as evidenced by releases including 1995's Nihil and Juke-Joint Jezebel as well as 1996's XTORT. A self-titled effort appeared in 1997, followed a year later by Retro. Adios was released in 1999, and KMFDM disbanded, with several members forming MDFMK.

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