Money (album)

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Money
Studio album by KMFDM
Released February 1992[1]
Recorded Fall 1991[2] (M.O.B. Studios, Hamburg)[3]
Genre Industrial rock
Length 54:26
Label Wax Trax!
Producer Sascha Konietzko
KMFDM chronology
Naïve
(1990)
Money
(1992)
Angst
(1993)
Singles from Money
  1. "Split[1]"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Vogue"
    Released: January 8, 1992[4]
  3. "Money"
    Released: April 1992
  4. "Help Us—Save Us—Take Us Away[5]"
    Released: 1992

KMFDM's sixth album, Money, was released in February 1992, and recorded in Hamburg, Germany. It was originally intended to be named Apart, with each of the two core members, Sascha Konietzko and En Esch, recording half an album and combining their work. The album ended up using only Konietzko's half, along with additional songs. It received mixed reviews, but spawned a number of club hits. It went out of print in the late 1990s and was re-released in 2006.

History[edit]

Bandmates Sascha Konietzko and En Esch had a falling out at the end of their 1990 tour with My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult.[1] Each was given the funds to record one side of their next (and presumed final, at the time) album, Apart.[1] Both worked in the same Hamburg studio, M.O.B., with engineer Blank Fontana and guitarist Günter Schulz, but never interacted with each other directly.[1] These sessions would be the last time the group worked with Fontana at M.O.B.

After the two halves were combined and pressed onto an album, Esch's half was rejected by Wax Trax! Records's executives, who didn't think it sounded like KMFDM.[1] The record company gave Konietzko additional funds to record more songs.[1] He finished the album by including new remixes of previously released material.[6] A number of other tracks intended for the album ended up on other albums or singles.[6]

The album cover includes a self-portrait of long time KMFDM artist Aidan Hughes.[7]

Apart tracks[edit]

Apart would have included:[1]

- Thank You - Money - Help Us, Save Us, Take Us Away - Sex on the Flag - Spiritual House - Blood

En Esch's half was reworked and released as Cheesy, in 1993.

Release[edit]

Money was released in February of 1992. It spawned two club hits, the title track and "Vogue", both of which charted on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart a few months later.[8] KMFDM toured twice in support of the album: first on a mini-tour in June,[9] and again on a full tour in October and November.[10]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[11]
Spin negative[12]
The Tech positive[13]

Money received mixed reviews. Alex Henderson of Allmusic called it "excellent" and stated that "a blistering metal guitar, distorted industrial vocals, and a syncopated dance beat could indeed be united into a cohesive, exciting whole".[11] Rick Roos from The Tech said "The main problem with the album is its lack of new material".[13] He noted that there were only seven new tracks, and that the rest were either remixes or remakes of songs from Naïve, KMFDM's previous album. However, he said that the new tracks were "for the most part aggressive, ferocious songs... with surprisingly strong musicianship".[13] He called "Sex on the Flag" the album's best song, and its chorus "addictive".[13] He also said that the album's first two tracks were "exceptional and entertaining".[13] He concluded by calling the album "very strong and fierce but... actually quite easy to listen to".[13]

Chuck Eddy of Spin magazine was less complimentary. He said KMFDM was "concentrating on atmosphere now, not songs".[12] He went on to say that "there are some neat little touches", but that "the drone-y dinks barely coalesce into hooks".[12] His final thought was that "novelty bands should learn to stick to novelty".[12]

Tour[edit]

KMFDM supported the release of Money with two tours in 1992: the three week Aloha Jerry Brown tour in June and the two month Sucks Money tour in October and November.[1][14] At the band's Boston show on October 23 at Man Ray, the show had to be temporarily halted due to damage to the floor's support beams because of the crowd's synchronized jumping.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All information from 2006 album booklet.[1]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Money"   Sascha Konietzko, En Esch, Günter Schulz 5:29
2. "Vogue"   Konietzko, Esch, Schulz 4:05
3. "Help Us/Save Us/Take Us Away"   Konietzko, Schulz 6:02
4. "Bargeld"   Konietzko, Esch, Schulz 7:14
5. "Spiritual House"   Konietzko, Schulz 5:21
6. "Sex on the Flag (Jezebeelzebuttfunk Mix)"   Konietzko, Schulz 4:25
7. "I Will Pray"   Konietzko, Esch, Schulz 5:59
8. "We Must Awaken"   Konietzko, Schulz 5:01
9. "Under Satan (Dub)" (CD only) Konietzko, Schulz 4:11
10. "Vogue (2000)" (CD only) Konietzko, Esch, Schulz 2:59
11. "Money (Deutschmark Mix)" (CD only) Konietzko, Esch, Schulz 3:40
Total length:
54:26

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • En Esch – vocals (2, 7, 10)
  • Dorona Alberti – background vocals
  • Christine Siewert – background vocals (2, 10)

Production[edit]

  • Sascha Konietzko – production, mixing
  • Blank Fontana – engineering
  • Brian Gardner – remastering (2006 release)
  • Aidan Hughes – artwork
  • Chris Z – type (1992 release)
  • Justin Gammon – layout (2006 release)
  • Jacques Sehy – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Money (CD booklet). KMFDM. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Metropolis Records. 2006. 
  2. ^ "KMFDM History". KMFDM Inc. Archived from the original on 8 April 1997. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Money (CD booklet). KMFDM. Chicago, Illinois: Wax Trax! Records. 1992. 
  4. ^ KMFDM/Excessive Force Newsletter (KMFDM Inc) (1): 3. 1991. 
  5. ^ "Discography: Help Us – Save Us – Take Us Away". KMFDM Inc. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Yücel, Ilker (February 28, 2010). "KMFDM: Here's to Another Round!". ReGen Magazine. ReGen Media. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Drozdowski, Ted (1997). The best music CD art + design. Rockport Pub. p. 130. 
  8. ^ "KMFDM Album & Song Chart History: Singles". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  9. ^ KMFDM/Excessive Force Newsletter (KMFDM Inc) (2): 2. 1992. 
  10. ^ KMFDM/Excessive Force Newsletter (KMFDM Inc) (3): 5. 1992. 
  11. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "KMFDM Money Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c d Eddy, Chuck (July 1992). "KMFDM Money Review". Spin Magazine (Bob Guccioni Jr.). p. 71. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f Roos, Rick (March 13, 1992). "KMFDM injects life into stale industrial music scene". The Tech (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ KMFDM/Excessive Force Newsletter (KMFDM Inc.) (4): 3. 1992. 
  15. ^ Saunders, Michael (October 27, 1992). "A Sonice Assault from KMFDM". Boston Globe. Retrieved September 1, 2012.   – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)