Juke Joint Jezebel

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"Juke Joint Jezebel"
Single by KMFDM
B-side "Kraut"
Released February 28, 1995
Recorded ???
Genre Industrial rock
Length 4:11
Label Wax Trax!/TVT
Songwriter(s) Sascha Konietzko, Klaus Schandelmaier, Günter Schulz, Raymond Watts
Producer(s) Sascha Konietzko
KMFDM singles chronology
"Juke Joint Jezebel"
"Juke Joint Jezebel"
Audio sample

"Juke Joint Jezebel" is a song by industrial rock group KMFDM from their 1995 album Nihil. It is KMFDM's most widely known song to date, with around three million copies of the song sold in various forms.[1][2]


The music for the song was written primarily by KMFDM frontman Sascha Konietzko, who asked returning band member Raymond Watts to write the lyrics for "Juke Joint Jezebel" as well as a few other tracks from Nihil.[3] Also credited as authors are En Esch and Günter Schulz.[4] In a 2016 interview Konietzko admitted when he composed the song, he thought the song was awful but everybody at their then-record company, TVT Records, wanted to put the song on the album. Moreover Konietzko stated the song "pays the rent to this day".


"Juke Joint Jezebel" was initially released on February 28, 1995. After the release of Nihil, a second version of the single was released with additional remixes by Italian record producer Giorgio Moroder. The Canadian release of Juke Joint Jezebel: The Giorgio Moroder Mixes includes a bonus CD titled The Year Of The Pig Collection, which feature one track each from KMFDM's previous six studio albums, as well "Fuck Me" from Sin Sex & Salvation. "Juke Joint Jezebel" was also released on a 12" entitled Year of the Pig.[5]

One of the two music videos for the song uses animations extensively from the Patlabor 1 manga movie.[6] The original version of the song is in the 1995 movie Bad Boys, while the "Giorgio Moroder Metropolis Remix" of the song is featured in the Mortal Kombat movie and soundtrack. Both soundtracks eventually went platinum.[7][8] The album version of the song can also be heard in the "Home is Where the Tart Is" episode of Beverly Hills, 90210.[9]

The original single version was re-released as a 7" in 2009.[10] On October 25, 2010, "Juke Joint Jezebel" was made available as a downloadable song for the game Rock Band.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[12]

"Juke Joint Jezebel" has received significant critical acclaim. Heidi MacDonald of CMJ New Music Monthly called the song "nearly flawless".[13] Andy Hinds of Allmusic called it "an enduring and indispensable dancefloor favorite at goth/industrial clubs around the world."[14] Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune said it "swaggers like a Bourbon Street hooker, with crunching guitars and a swooping, gospelish chorus".[15] "Juke Joint Jezebel" was listed at No. 23 on COMA Music Magazine's "101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time" feature in 2012.[16]

Track listings[edit]

Original release (1995) (Re-released in 2009 as 7")
No. Title Length
1. "Juke Joint Jezebel" 4:11
2. "Kraut" 4:59
Total length: 9:10



  1. ^ Borzillo, Carrie (June 22, 1996). "Wax Trax!/TVT's KMFDM Rides Industrial Revolution with 8th Set". Billboard Magazine. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Raymond Watts Interview". Unhip #1. 1999. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Raymond Watts Interview". Sonic Envelope. October 20, 1995. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ CD booklet
  5. ^ KMFDM – Year Of The Pig (Vinyl, 12") at Discogs
  6. ^ Atwood, Brett (August 19, 1995). "The Eye". Billboard Magazine. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 47. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Search Results for Mortal Kombat". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Search Results for Bad Boys". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Beverly Hills 90210: Home Is Where the Tart Is". TV.com. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ "May 01 2009: Transmission 4.540". KMFDM DOTKOM v4.0. KMFDM. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2017-03-28. The fifteenth release in the KMFDM 24/7 series is the Juke-Joint Jezebel single featuring "Juke-Joint Jezebel (Single Edit)" b/w "Kraut". Juke-Joint Jezebel is out and available now exclusively from the KMFDM Store. 
  11. ^ "The Rock Band Network Music Store Goes Live". rockband.com. Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. 2010-03-04. Archived from the original on 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  12. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Juke Joint Jezebel Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (May 1995). Best New Music: KMFDM Nihil. Robert K. Haber. p. 15. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Nihil Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  15. ^ Kot, Greg (May 26, 1995). "Industrial Arts: Kmfdm Crafts The Lighter, Brighter Side Of Machine Rock". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  16. ^ Schock, David (March 8, 2012). "Feature: 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time – # 40 – # 21". COMA Music Magazine. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. 

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