was founded by Sascha Konietzko
in early 1984, Germany.
The name was randomly picked from newspaper word cuttings which is why the literal words and translation are not grammatically correct: K.M.F.D.M.
= Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid / no majority for the pity i.e. it became the more commonly know phrase of "no pity for the majority". There are areas of the underground internet
dedicated to 1001 and more possible meanings: two of our own
favourites from back in the day include Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode and Kylie Minogue Fans Don't Masturbate!
They initially self-released their own cassette Opium
and then their first proper album What Do You Know
, in 1986, on Z Records
. This album was later picked up by Skysaw
in the UK and
would eventually be reissued by Wax Trax! Records
in 1990. What Do You Know Deutschland?
significant attention leading them to be licensed to Wax Trax!
for the USA/Canada whereupon they released Don't Blow Your Top
This year (2018) is the 30th anniversary of their first Wax
album Don't Blow Your Top
and in fact the 1st September will be exactly 30 years for
the original German release on Cash Beat
. There was one single released from this album, with the same title Don't Blow Your Top
- the 30th anniversary of that has just passed on 11th July!
One member of the band, En Esch
, stayed until 1999 - he also has a solo career
with initial releases on Wax Trax!
in 1993. Another member of the band, Raymond (Nainz) Watts
, worked on a few tracks for this album but then left the band before the
album was completed - he, of course, went on to form <PIG>
, another well known Wax Trax!
artist. The album was recorded in
Hamburg, Germany. Those early tracks were produced and mixed by Adrian Sherwood
in London. A remastered version of the album was released by Metropolis Records
on 12th September 2006 and is also available digitally including in the lossless FLAC format.
There's lots of collectable stuff for this era. All the physical editions of the single are rare and interesting items for the album include the following:
K.M.F.D.M. - Don't Blow Your Top original USA Wax Trax! CD album
K.M.F.D.M. - Don't Blow Your Top original UK 12" single with press release
In another major anniversary, 20 years ago, in 1998, K.M.F.D.M.
were still signed to Wax Trax!
/ TVT Records
and under their contract they still had three albums left to produce for the label. They settled their ability to leave the contract quickly by rapidly releasing two
) and a final, parting ways album, aptly titled Adios