Godlike (song)

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For the Natas album, see Godlike (album).
"Godlike"
Single by KMFDM
B-side "Friede"
Released August 1990
Format Single
Recorded 1990
Genre Industrial
Length 14:25
Label Wax Trax! Records
Producer(s) KMFDM, Paul Barker, Lee Popa
KMFDM singles chronology
"Virus"
(1989)
"Godlike"
(1990)
"Naïve/The Days of Swine & Roses"
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

"Godlike" is a song by industrial rock band KMFDM from their 1990 album Naïve. A riff prominently featured in the song is from the Slayer song "Angel of Death".

Background[edit]

According to band founder Sascha Konietzko, the song was originally performed during KMFDM's 1990 tour with industrial group Ministry as a cover of the Patti Smith song "Godlight". When vocalist En Esch, who had been singing the song live, was injured during a fire, Konietzko had to use new lyrics, as he didn't know the original words. He translated a German spoken word piece the band had been using at their live shows into English, and used the translation as the new lyrics.[2]

After the tour, the band recorded a version for their album Naïve with a group of performers from other Wax Trax! Records bands. Later, Konietzko re-recorded a more electronic version for the single.[2]

Release[edit]

"Godlike" was originally released as a single in 1990. In 2008, KMFDM Records re-released it as a 7" vinyl single, limited to 250 copies. On September 14, 2010, Godlike 2010, including new mixes of the song, was released, commemorating the single's 20th anniversary.[3]

Reception[edit]

"Godlike" was ranked No. 8 on COMA Music Magazine's 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1990 release[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Godlike"   6:35
2. "Friede"   4:47
3. "Crazy Horses" (cover of The Osmonds, only on CD) 3:03
Total length:
14:25

2008 7" reissue[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Godlike (12" Mix)"   6:34
2. "Friede (12" Mix)"   4:44
Total length:
11:18

Godlike 2010[edit]

No. Title Remixer Length
1. "Godlike 2010"   KMFDM 4:58
2. "Godlike 2010 (Crash & Burn Mix)"   Koichi Fukuda 3:28
3. "Godlike 2010 (Security Forces Mix)"   The Melvins 5:17
4. "Godlike 2010 (Gabberlike Mix)"   Prong 3:29
5. "Godlike 2010 (Phoenix Mix)"   3kStatic 5:19
Total length:
22:31

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:w9foxql5ld6e
  2. ^ a b "Kaptain's Log". August 24, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ "KMFDM News: Transmission 4.784". August 21, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ Schock, David (March 9, 2012). "Feature: 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time – # 20 – # 2". COMA Music Magazine. Retrieved August 27, 2012.