KMFDM - "Adios"
By Dan Century
Oh, I get it, a heroin joke.
The first time I heard of KMFDM was in 1989/90 when they
toured with Ministry. Back then their show consisted of one guy beating a drum
pad with a stick (Sascha), one guy on guitar (Guenter) and a 68,
spastic, bald headed man in a ballerina costume (En Esch). They were unique,
but pathetic compared with Ministrys unrelenting sonic attack.
KMFDMs true skill was producing one or two killer
singles a year, starting with More and Faster and Virus back in
89, and Naive and Godlike in 90. This was the apex of
the Wax Trax! era when bands like KMFDM, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and
any number of Ministry side projects (Revco, PTP, Acid Horse, 1000 Homo DJs)
were churning out one underground dance floor smash after another. Great music
for dancing great music for sex!
Although theyve always been prolific, KMFDM has only
produced two consistently awesome albums: Naive and Nihil. A typical KMFDM
album consists of one or two great singles, one or two OK tracks
and 8 tracks of forgettable experiments. Adios, KMFDMs last
album EVER, is no different.
To quote Sascha from the KMFDM.com Web site: Skold*
and I were hell bent on not compromising and instead make ADIOS the
best KMFDM album ever, the crowning glory of an era... ADIOS is NOT, by
any stretch of the imagination, the best KMFDM album ever. It cannot touch the
rock and metal thunder of NIHIL, the dance floor perfection of NAIVE or the
tasty genre defying experimentation of AEIOU. ADIOS is, however, the
QUINTESSENTIAL KMFDM album. All the KMFDM ingredients weve come to expect
are here: the squeaky-clean production, metallic guitars, orchestral accents,
groovy chick vocals and, of course, distorted chants of KMFDM
sprinkled liberally throughout the album.
The album begins with Adios, a fast paced techno
number and a bitter goodbye song. Youll never say, I gotta hear
that again. Sycophant, the second track, is boring dub, recalling
their earlier moments another forgettable track.
D.I.Y., the third track, is KMFDM at their
best: bouncy electronic beats, orchestral keys and horns, chants of
KMFDM will never stop, thrash metal guitars, etc. Killer track
Today, track four, is an embarrassment
just like New Order. 10 years ago KMFDM would have never stooped to cheese like
this. They might have stepped in it accidentally, but they never stooped to
pick it up.
Much of the music on Adios sounds like video game
music just like Mark Mothersbaughs** work on video games like
Crash Bandicoot, Adios is an onslaught of ultra clean 303 sounds,
bleeps, burps, belches, and robot farts*** R.U.O.K. features
plenty of robot farts and sexy industrial dude
vocals****. Witness features 80s sex-pot new wave diva Nina
Hagen. Shes nuts and so is the song, about aliens and abductions. Growled
evil alien chick vocals I like it.
Thats All is the other killer song on the
album. The track starts as inane house and then Ogres vocals kick in. The
song breaks into the trademark thrash guitar, chants and sexy chick vocals that
made KMFDM, well, legendary. Ogres vocal appearance makes the song. You
will, without a doubt, have a fun time jumping around a dance floor to this
song. Definitely worth picking up the single. Ive already sung it in the
shower, so you know its good.
Full Worm Garden sounds like a remix of something off
of Skinny Puppys Too Dark Park remixed by the Pet Shop Boys. Some
nice harsh moments, but its the closest Ogre has come to singing a theme
to a game show. Kind of embarrassing. Rubicon is like a Cop Shoot Cop
rip off in vocal style, lyric subject and chord progression. Which would be OK
if it were Cop Shoot Cop, but its not, its KMFDM. If you know C$C
and you listen to this song, youll hear what I mean.
Conclusion: KMFDM calls it quits***** releasing the
quintessential KMFDM album. If youve bought every other KMFDM album, pick
this one up. If youre a DJ, pick it up. If youre a casual listener,
wait to see if DIY and Thats All come out as singles, and
pick them up. If youre like me, and havent bought a KMFDM album
since NIHIL, save your cash and spend it on booze. Adios is like
bad sex, its bad; but hey, its still sex...and thats
Wax Trax Records
*OK, who the fuck is Skold?
** Mark Mothersbaugh
was the lead singer of DEVO. You know, Whip It! All Industrial bands worship
DEVO, or if they dont, they should!
*** Thanks Pan.
by Trent and exploited by Sister Machine Gun.
***** Sascha has ditched En
Esch and Guenter Schulz for Skold and cleverly retitled the band to, get this:
****** Which stands for: MoveD on For More Kash?
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