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15 March, 2012

Hit the Accelerator! Das Jahr von KMFDM

Artwork by Brute, image credit to Policezombie at Deviantart

Music moves, it lives, it breathes and when it's at its best, it catalyses. It ignites the embers of people's souls slowly atrophied by servitude and dissipating dreams. It's the high octane fuel that inspires us all to transcend ourselves from the mundane and the trivialities of the material world. Music has the power to incite, the power to drive us to something larger than ourselves. Tapping into its modulating cross-frequencies, integrating the extra aural electro-stimuli with the intra synoptic impulses inherent inside ourselves. Stoking imagination and aspirations from thought, to feeling, to movement; and it is for this very reason that the most powerful and progressively influential of it is suppressed, marginalised, censored and co-opted. What remains is exsanguinated, commercially-engineered, life-dulling, corporate and intelligence approved rubbish. Horrid, cookie-cutter slop dumped into the mass consumption trough, for trained livestock. Soul-deadening products slathered with a sugary-sweet and glittering veneer, of the best that marketing dollars can buy. They have to, to cover that flavourless, generic taste, and effluence that can gag the heartiest of maggots. Music must have an organic, vital heart at its centre coupled with sincerity of feeling, and must tell a tale either lyrically or through its music, or it is simply D.O.A. and bin filler. It needs to be fluid like water and whether it's soft and tranquil, or thunderous and feral, it must move! To excite and inspire with its ever-changing flow.

Great, organic music is a good friend that is always there for you from the highest to the lowest times of your life. It never betrays, never pesters and is always there to bring to mind memories and personal milestones. Music is life, and it is also a sonic weapon of influence and potency, oft-times it is anthemic. As an example of what I mean, I'd like to share the song below with you. For I believe it is the perfect soundtrack of rage that defines the times that we the struggling masses are currently striving to survive and surmount in victory.

I listen to a diverse musical catalogue but somehow the times we live in, matched with my reaction to it does not scream symphony or contemplative piano concertos. There's a place for that, but I'm not in that place right now. I'm sorely pissed off, enraged at the affronts to my freedom and the gross threats to life and future by preening, sanctimonious demons fancying themselves as our overlords. I'm caught up in a war I didn't start, I didn't want, and have to fight it defensively every single day. The azure blue heavens are now choked with Chemtrails coke-lining the sky with ominous darkness looming on the horizon. The days may appear sunny and bright, but there's always that underlying faint whiff of oppression lingering in the atmosphere. This is what life is under occupation with fish tank freedom is, with existence managed by slavering predators afflicted with god-complexes. There is no beauty in this, it's ugliness to its very core that despises every virtue, and every fine and innocent thing.

So the landscape of war needs suitable musical accompaniment, in the form of primal rhythms that electrifies the consciousness, awakens the warrior within, and galvanises energy to action. Everyone is different, but I think that deep down in all of us that have not had it extinguished, lies this common, tribal war dance instilled in us from ancient genetic blueprints. It is a call not relegated to a specific gender by any means, as history has eternally documented ferocious women warriors determined in every aspect to defend home, neighbour and country. This is the universal fire within that we have been taught to sublimate, dismiss or unleash only in the service of false nationalism and corporate interest. Listen to KMFDM's thunder-queen valkyrie, singer Lucia Cifarelli and tell me if you think that she's doesn't exude the very words she detonates. Now that's a powerful, bona-fide warrior woman without question.

Free Your Hate (lyrics)

Silence is golden
Ignorance bliss
Better off not asking
What you'd rather forget

And as the vice grip choke holds
All of our freedoms are meeting their end
And for the wars they wage
Numberless troops lie wounded or dead

The beatings will continue
Until morale improves

Free your hate
Crusade in the days of rage
Perilous folly
Rise up against your fate
Free your hate
Crusade in the days of rage
Tireless cunning
Stampede and break your chains

Terror at gunpoint
Torture at large
Enemy combatant
Labelled a threat
Without trial or charge

Repetition of history
Messenger, prophet, martyr for god
All for once and for all
Reclaim your power
The tyrant must fall

The beatings will continue
Until morale improves

Free your hate
Crusade in the days of rage
Perilous folly
Rise up against your fate
Free your hate
Crusade in the days of rage
Tireless cunning
Stampede and break your chains

(Nixon speech sample)
I am... a revolutionary!
Violence in America today, it's not caused by the war, it's not caused by repression, there is no romantic ideal involved. Let's recognise these people for what they are… They're the same thugs and hoodlums that have always plagued the good people.

Free your hate
In the days of rage
Free your hate
In the days of rage

In the days of rage
In the days of rage

Free your hate
In the days of rage

Free your hate
Free your hate
Free your hate

In the days of rage
In the days of rage
In the days of rage
In the days of rage


The music I'm featuring in this post is from the German band KMFDM whose abbreviated band name is, Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid or, No Majority For The Pity, a rather clever rearrangement of "Kein Mitleid für die Mehrheit" or "No Pity For The Masses". If you've never heard of them, give a listen and read along with the provided lyrics which are just as bang-on as the beat ballistically propelling them. Counter to the media propaganda and lies, KMFDM's stance is anti-fascist and progressive revolutionary, and they've been around for many years with a massive inventory of songs recorded. Through their different incarnations KMFDM's core has remained uncannily solid, and they have always been stridently consistent in their driving, clever, truth-provocative anthems. In their latest re-work of their song "A Drug Against War", they have remodelled it into version called "A Drug Against Wall Street" and dedicated it on 15, October 2011 to the Occupy movement. For more information on them and their work go to their official site at http://www.kmfdm.net.

WWIII (lyrics)

I declare war on the world
War in outer space
I declare war in a nutshell
War all over the place

I declare war on every government
War against all odds
I declare war on your inner sanctum
On your blood thirsty gods

World War Three
Be all that you can be
World War Three

I declare war on the axis of morons
All out war on complacent consent
I declare war on the war against drugs
Rape and slaughter of the innocent

War on big brother
Warmongers and profiteers
War on your dogma Dubya
Armageddon's engineers

World War Three
Be all that you can be
World War Three

War in a heartbeat
I declare war on so-called civilisation
World trade globalisation
Organised disinformation

War on ambassadors of pretence
War on MTV and CNN
McDonald's, Walt Disney and Bethlehem
On Christina, Britney and Eminem

I declare war on the world of anti-choice
On violence unilaterally
On the amassment of murderous high-tech toys
And all crimes against humanity

War on the moral majority
On corporate dot-com imperialism
On mindlessly bumbling stupidity
And police-state terrorism

World War Three
World War Three - Be all that you can be
World War Three - Be all that you can be
World War Three

Hope you enjoy it and find it as inspirationally and explosively energising as I do. Hit the accelerator and play it loud!!

Cheers all.

2 comments:

  1. Don't take this the wrong way - I respect you, and we all have different musical tastes - but I didn't find much musicality in that. No tune, no actual music really. A hard beat and shouting is not music, in my humble opinion.

    I also have very tastes. I like the band Filter, I like some of Rob Zombie's stuff too, I like some Deftones. All harder stuff, but . . . those things have tunes - music to it.

    But, to each his own, and that's the beauty of humanity my friend. We are each of us a tiny little root in the same connected tree of life.

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  2. Wow, that was fast, I just pulled this pie from the oven and left it cooling on the sill and you composed a reply just that quick. Yes, the point is, is that everyone is different and the those exchange of these differences are what makes life interesting. Different foods, religions, customs and beliefs and learning about them from one another. Some we can take, some we can leave and the petrol that drives your car may not get the same mileage in mine. We all have different backgrounds and life experiences which shape who we are and what we like. Totally understand friend where you're coming from, I too like some of Filter and the Deftones. However I can't stand Rob Zombie, both the music as well as the man. So we do have a few differences but what matters much more are the commonalities that unify. Roots of the same tree as you eloquently stated.

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