Because Songs Matter

Flashback Friday: KMFDM

While I have plenty of childhood stories from my summer breaks at grandmothers, I thought I’d instead go back to the Tampa industrial scene of the 90’s. Propaganda tells you pot is a gateway drug. KMFDM was a gateway band for the whole industrial club scene. You could measure a kids involvement in the industrial scene by his feelings about KMFDM. I was no different. At one point I owned no less than 5 KMFDM t-shirts, had 4 KMFDM stickers, various pieces of property, and could pick out the beginning of a song mixed deep in the beat of anything while half drunk and taking a piss.

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Light was immensely popular in the industrial club heyday here in Tampa. The scene was huge, there was an industrial night somewhere in Tampa four nights a week, the girls were easy, I had no responsibility, and the DJ’s actually knew how to mix. Records. You would begin hearing the drum beat for Light three songs before the DJ actually played it. Years later, SNL even used Tampa as the location for the skit Goth Talk. I have since grown up, got married, gotten too fat for any of those t-shirts, and sold all the KMFDM Cd’s I own outside of the Greatest Hits release, but I think this version of Light will always hold an extra special place in my heart. Hell, if I happened to hear it in a club tonight I would probably dance….while mouthing all the words too….oh yeah, that’s how I roll.

While I’m on the subject of bad-ass tracks from my ol’ club days I wanted to post this track as well. I fucking loved this song. Back in the day, if I walked into the club you knew two things were gonna happen…I was gonna order a Jack and Coke, and after getting it, I was gonna gonna request this song. Set your watch to it. So I did not see how a post of this nature could occur without posting this track. Enjoy.

Die Warzau - Suck It Up     

from Wikipedia :

Formed in 1987 by performance artists Jim Marcus and Van Christie, Die Warzau (originally referred to as Die Warzau Synfony) has operated on the fringes of industrial music, creating a unique sound that is a genre-bending excursion into the soul of the music form. An ever present and important part of Die Warzau’s appeal is the sociopolitical lyricism and emotive vocals of Jim Marcus.Have a good weekend kids and remember: If you have one too many “dial 1-800, accept no imitation, KMFDM one world one nation.”

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