German hyperbolists KMFDM don’t get enough cred for incubating some of the industrial rock Nine Inch Nails and Ministry blew up with in the late 90s and early 2000s. It helped that ringleader and lyricist Sascha Konietzko is a walking satirical quote machine, though, referring to himself as “the father of industrial rock,” the band’s sound as “industrial-alternative-electronic-crossover-rock and danceabilly,” and his finest moment for sectors of the media that couldn’t comprehend the band’s silly German acronym as “Kein Mehrheit Fur Die Mitleid,” or “no pity for the majority,” so goes the impromptu English acronym for their first Stateside tour: “Kill Motherfucking Depeche Mode.” 

The band’s had a circus maximus of members over the years, Konietzko calling it quits for a hot minute on this day in 1999, but as of 2016, KMFDM is 19 records deep and counting into their catalogue, – perhaps to the chagrin of Depeche Mode’s presence on Earth, or perhaps, because, like the 1990 album and title-track that launched them into the limelight, niavette, it’s the wonderful “way of the world:”

That’s the way of the world
What you waiting for?
She has to be loved
Everybody needs somebody

Tell me secrets
Tell me your secret
Tell me what it’s all to feel
Tell me ’bout reality