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March 18, 2005

KMFDM, "Naïve (edit)"





KMFDM are mostly known as that "industrial rock" band that so succinctly polished and whipped their aggressive rock/disco sound into an easily digestible ground paste -- one that would be thoroughly enjoyed by their fans, many of whom bought almost all of their mostly-five-letter titled albums throughout the 90s. KMFDM are also a bit underrated in that they are nearly as influential to popular 90s hard rock bands like White Zombie, Rammstein, and a slew of yesteryear hair metal bands desperate to "update", as Alice In Chains are still influential to popular hard rock (i.e. "nu-metal") bands from the year 2000 to today.

However, KMFDM are most underrated for what should have been their break into pop music -- namely, the song "Naïve", from the 1990 album of the same name. Where most KMFDM songs would begin with big clanking percussive noises, metal guitar samples, or gutteral vocals by forming members Sascha Konietzko or En Esch, "Naïve" begins with a very commercial and catchy female sung chorus!

"That's the way of the world. What'ch you waitin' for? She has to be loved. Everybody needs somebody!"

..and then the song just loudly thumps into this brilliant disco pop song with a pumping crunchy beat, heavy guitar riffs, and the relatively buried ogre-like timbres of Konietzko and Esch. Surely the latter element would have clearly prevented this from being a certified pop hit; and, knowing the lack of compromise KMFDM were ever willing to give, there was no chance. But in a year where Trent Reznor became a household face of new pop culture, I thought the dream of a charting "Naïve" was possible in 1990. Anyway...

As for secrets, they play heavily into the theme and verse lyrics of "Naïve". In fact, given KMFDM's knack for *ahem* subtlety, secrets serve no other purpose in the song than -- you guessed it -- foreplay!

"Tell me secrets. Tell me sweet secrets. What do you know, what do you know, what do you know about me? Take me to the other side. Walk The line"

Combine that with the chorus, and you can (possibly) understand, in this context, to what "naïvity" refers.

[Note: I did a custom edit of this song, in order to barely meet the song length requirements for this mix. But also, I feel the original song wasn't edited enough anyway... you know, so it could be commercial radio "friendly"... so, here you go! "Naïve (Edit)"!]

   
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