About Rules

"Rules" is a song from KMFDM's 1996 album Xtort. It was also released on a three track EP.


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Yes, so the message goes
Like an insect in its death-throes
A magic carpet ride to Hell
Then back to here with time to tell
A metal scar on every face
We walk to a forbidden place
Where dirty water cleans the soul
We pour into another hole
Under a concrete sky
Barricades begin to rise
Sun and stars begin to fall
A sonic boom condemns us all
Decapitated soldiers fight
And ministers control the light
In leaking gas we bathe our flesh
And in the air we fight for breath

Here comes a secret delivery
All aboard the reason why
A broken down discovery
The rules, the rules do not apply
I'm half blind and I'm losing
A picture that is out of control
I'm lying on the ground but I'm moving
A prison being built round my soul

Auf dem fliegenden teppich
Zur h'lle und zurcck
Mit ausfchrlichem bericht
Unter bleiernem himmel
Barrikaden verdunkeln das licht
Kopflose soldaten in der schlacht
Insekten in todeszuckungen
I'm angesicht verl schender
Gestirne verlassen
Uns alle hoffnungen

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KMFDM (originally Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid, loosely translated as "no pity for the majority") is an industrial band led by German multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, who founded the group in 1984 as a performance art project. KMFDM has released seventeen studio albums and two dozen singles, with sales of more than two million records worldwide. more »

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Written by: Christopher Connelly, Guenter Schulz, Mark Durante, Sascha Konietzko


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10 facts about this song

Band History
"Rules" is a track by the German industrial band KMFDM. The band was formed in 1984 and has been consistently active ever since, making them one of the longest-lived bands of the industrial genre.
Song's Album
When it comes to the song "Rules," it appears on KMFDM's ninth studio album, "XTORT." The album was released on June 25, 1996, by Wax Trax! Records.
Lyrics & Theme
The song "Rules" has a prevalent theme of rebellion and defiance. Which is characteristic of KMFDM's lyrics that often carry sociopolitical undertones.
KMFDM has always been known for their collaborations. On the album "XTORT," the track "Rules" featured contributions from various artists like Raymond Watts and Cheryl Wilson.
Musical Style
Though typically known for its unique blend of industrial, metal, and techno, "Rules" showcases KMFDM's flexibility in blending other genres. The song displays a more funk-influenced sound, demonstrating the band's commitment to experimentation.
"Rules," like many other KMFDM songs, is known for its high-energy live performances. Fans often remark on the power and rawness of the song when performed live.
Chart Success
In terms of chart performance, "XTORT," the album containing 'Rules' reached number 92 on the Billboard 200, indicating the popularity and commercial success of the album, and by extension, the song "Rules."
Record Label
The song was released under Wax Trax! Records, a label particularly known for its association with industrial music throughout the 1980s and 90s.
Band Members
While KMFDM's line up has frequently changed, during the period when "Rules" was recorded, the band was primarily Sascha Konietzko, En Esch, and Günter Schulz. Raymond Watts also significantly contributed to the recording of the album "XTORT."
Cultural Impact
The song "Rules" and other tracks of KMFDM have been credited for helping shape the subgenre of industrial music, influencing numerous bands in the genre.

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