Naïve (album)

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Studio album by KMFDM
Released November 15, 1990 (1990-11-15)
Recorded 1989–90
Genre Industrial rock,[1] industrial dance[2]
Length 49:58
Label Wax Trax!
Producer KMFDM
KMFDM chronology
Singles from Naïve
  1. "Virus"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Godlike"
    Released: 1990
  3. "Naïve/The Days of Swine & Roses"
    Released: 1991

Naïve is the fifth album by industrial rock group KMFDM. It was released on November 15, 1990. It was recorded in Hamburg, Germany upon KMFDM's return from their first visit to America and subsequent tour with Ministry.[3] It was also the first record that they released after signing directly to Wax Trax! Records.

The album was out of print for over a decade due to copyright infringement: the seventh track, "Liebeslied", used unauthorized samples from a recording of "O Fortuna", from Carl Orff's 1930s cantata Carmina Burana. The album was recalled approximately three years after being released. Copies today are rare and considered collector's items.[4] In addition to this, "Godlike" samples "Angel of Death" by Slayer and "Go To Hell" uses the same riff as Metallica's "Metal Militia", although re-performed (and possibly just a coincidence given how simple the riff is).

All of the tracks on the album, except for the original mixes of "Die Now-Live Later", "Liebeslied" and "Go to Hell" were subsequently available on other discs. The album was re-released as Naïve/Hell to Go, with some songs remixed, in 1994. A digitally remastered reissue of Naïve was released on November 21, 2006, along with Money and Angst. It was reissued with an edited version of the track "Liebeslied" without the offending sample. It also features the remixes that initially appeared on Naïve/Hell to Go.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Naïve received excellent reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Naïve "one of [KMFDM's] strongest releases."[5] Ned Raggett of Allmusic began his review by saying, "KMFDM brought it all together on the brilliant Naïve", doing "everything from four-to-the-floor beats to Wagnerian epic metal and back again".[1] He went on to call it "one of industrial/electronic body music's key albums", and said that KMFDM was a band "so ridiculously good that everything they touch pretty much turns to gold".[1] He also said that while the title track was "fantastic", the "total standout" of the album was "Liebeslied":

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Welcome" Sascha Konietzko 0:18
2. "Naïve" Konietzko, En Esch, Günter Schulz, Rudolph Naomi 5:26
3. "Die Now-Live Later" Konietzko, Esch, Schulz 5:01
4. "Piggybank" Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi 6:37
5. "Achtung!" Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi 4:24
6. "Friede (Remix)" Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi 4:38
7. "Liebeslied" (edited on 2006 re-release) Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi 5:34
8. "Go to Hell" Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi 4:59
9. "Virus (Dub)" Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi 6:28
10. "Disgust (Live)" (CD only) Konietzko, Paul Barker, Bill Rieflin, William Tucker 2:58
11. "Godlike (Chicago Trax version)" (CD only) Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi 3:33
12. "Go to Hell (Fuck MTV Mix)" (2006 re-release only) Mark Durante, Esch, Konietzko, Schulz 5:48
13. "Virus (Pestilence Mix)" (2006 re-release only) Durante, Esch, Konietzko, Schulz 5:08
14. "Godlike (Doglike Mix)" (2006 re-release only) Durante, Esch, Konietzko, Schulz 5:39
15. "Leibeslied (Infringement Mix)" (2006 re-release only) Durante, Esch, Konietzko, Schulz 4:38
16. "Die Now-Live Later (Born Again Mix)" (2006 re-release only) Durante, Esch, Konietzko, Schulz 4:42
Total length: 74:40


Additional personnel[edit]

Naïve/Hell to Go[edit]

Naïve/Hell to Go
KMFDM - Naïve Hell to Go.png
Studio album by KMFDM
Released March 1, 1994 (1994-03-01)
Recorded 1989–90, 1993
Genre Industrial rock
Length 50:30
Label Wax Trax!/TVT
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]

Naïve/Hell to Go is a modified and remixed version of Naïve, with five of the original songs re-recorded, including "Liebeslied", which contained an unlicensed sample of "O Fortuna" from Carl Orff's cantata Carmina Burana.[7] After Orff's publisher threatened the band with legal action,[8] the original album was recalled.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Welcome" 0:17
2. "Naïve" 5:23
3. "Go to Hell (Fuck MTV Mix)" 5:45
4. "Virus (Pestilence Mix)" 5:08
5. "Godlike (Doglike Mix)" 5:37
6. "Leibeslied (Infringement Mix)" 4:39
7. "Die Now-Live Later (Born Again Mix)" 5:09
8. "Piggybank" 6:36
9. "Achtung!" 4:21
10. "Friede (Remix)" 4:40
11. "Disgust (Live in Seattle)" 2:55


  1. ^ a b c d e Raggett, Ned. "KMFDM Naïve Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Eddy, Chuck (July 1992). "Naïve by KMFDM". Spin: 71. 
  3. ^ "KMFDM History". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. 
  4. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Naïve/Hell To Go Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul 3rd Edition. Backbeat Books. p. 627. ISBN 978-0-87930-653-3. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "KMFDM History". KMFDM Inc. Archived from the original on December 10, 2002. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ Eddy, Chuck (April 2010). "Essentials". Spin. Spin Media LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 

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