KMFDM Stands for Kleine Mitleid Fur Das Mehrheit: No mercy for the majority! My faves are: "Light", "Anarchy", "the New American Century", "Megalomaniac" Members: Sascha Konietzko, Lucia Cifarelli, Jules Hodgson, Steve White,
Andy Selway! Past members: Morgan Adjei, Dorona Alberti, Bruce Breckenfeld, Jr. Blackmail, Nicole Blackman, Bruce Breckenfeld, Jim Christiansen, Mike Cichowicz, Chris Connelly, Chrissie DeWinter, Mark Durante, F.M. Einheit, En Esch, Steve Finckle, Jennifer Ginsberg, Curt Golden, Nina Hagen, Mike Jensen, Jack Kramer, Ron Lowe, Sigrid Meyer, Mona Mur
Rudolph Naomi, Nivek Ogre, Jeff Olson, Bill Rieflin, Bob Samborski, Günter Schulz, Chris Shepard, Christine Siewert, Tim Skold, Udo Sturm, Abby Travis, John Van Eaton, Raymond Watts, Fritz Whitney, Cheryl Wilson
KMFDM is the brainchild of founding member Sascha Konietzko. KMFDM was founded in Paris on February 29, 1984 as a joint effort between Konietzko and German painter/multi-media performer Udo Sturm to perform for the opening of an exhibition of young European artists at the Grand Palais. Sturm had no lasting musical aspirations and Konietzko was interested in studio recordings more than the occasional art-performance, therefore he joined forces with then-Hamburg-based studio owner Raymond Watts and drummer Klaus Schandelmaier, later known as En Esch. After working the Hamburg underground and releasing three albums on European labels they began their relationship with Wax Trax! Records in Chicago, Illinois. After touring with Ministry in 1989–1990, they were signed to Wax Trax! Records and quickly became a part of the industrial music scene in Chicago that included Ministry, Front 242 and My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. Konietzko then moved to Chicago; Esch followed a year later. After close friend and president of Wax Trax! Records Jim Nash died of AIDS, KMFDM relocated to Seattle, Washington.
KMFDM has no fixed line-up; rather, it is a "revolving-door" collaboration of contributors. Konietzko is the only member that has been directly involved with every KMFDM project. En Esch, Raymond Watts, and guitarist Günter Schulz are other key members in the band's history.
Other notable musicians that have contributed to KMFDM projects include Bill Rieflin of Ministry/R.E.M., Nivek Ogre from Skinny Puppy and ohGr, John DeSalvo of Chemlab, Tim Skold of Shotgun Messiah/Marilyn Manson, F.M. Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten, Nina Hagen, and spoken word artist Nicole Blackman. Additionally, Chemlab, Die Warzau, Nine Inch Nails, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, and Giorgio Moroder have remixed music for KMFDM.
In addition to all of this KMFDM took the blame for the columbine shooting because of some lyrics in songs
In wake of the Columbine High School massacre it was revealed that lyrics to KMFDM songs ("Power", "Son of a Gun", "Stray Bullet", "Waste") were posted on the website of shooter Eric Harris, and that the massacre coincided with the release date of the album Adios and the birthday of Adolf Hitler. The media was quick to jump on the apparent connection of the massacre to violent entertainment and Nazism. In response, Konietzko issued a statement the following day:
First and foremost, KMFDM would like to express their deep and heartfelt sympathy for the parents, families and friends of the murdered and injured children in Littleton. We are sick and appalled, as is the rest of the nation, by what took place in Colorado yesterday.
KMFDM are an art form — not a political party. From the beginning, our music has been a statement against war, oppression, fascism and violence against others. While some of the former band members are German as reported in the media, none of us condone any Nazi beliefs whatsoever.