Naïve (album)

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

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Studio album by
Released15 November 1990 (1990-11-15)
LabelWax Trax!
KMFDM chronology
Singles from Naïve
  1. "Virus"
    Released: August 1989
  2. "Godlike"
    Released: August 1990
  3. "Naïve/The Days of Swine & Roses"
    Released: 1991


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.[5]

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 receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [1]

Naïve received excellent reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Naïve "one of [KMFDM's] strongest releases."[6] 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 listingEdit

Naïve — original vinyl edition
1."Welcome"Sascha Konietzko0:18
2."Naïve"Konietzko, En Esch, Günter Schulz, Rudolph Naomi5:26
3."Die Now-Live Later"Konietzko, Esch, Schulz5:01
4."Piggybank"Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi6:37
5."Achtung!"Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi4:24
6."Friede" (Remix)Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi4:38
7."Liebeslied" (edited on 2006 re-release)Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi5:34
8."Go to Hell"Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi4:59
9."Virus" (Dub)Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi6:28
Naïve — original CD edition (additional tracks)
10."Disgust" (Live)Konietzko, Paul Barker, Bill Rieflin, William Tucker2:58
11."Godlike" (Chicago Trax Version)Konietzko, Esch, Schulz, Naomi3:33
Naïve — remastered CD edition (additional tracks; originally from Naïve/Hell to Go)
12."Go to Hell" (Fuck MTV Mix)Mark Durante, Esch, Konietzko, Schulz5:48
13."Virus" (Pestilence Mix)Durante, Esch, Konietzko, Schulz5:08
14."Godlike" (Doglike Mix)Durante, Esch, Konietzko, Schulz5:39
15."Leibesleid" (Infringement Mix)Durante, Esch, Konietzko, Schulz4:38
16."Die Now-Live Later" (Born Again Mix)Durante, Esch, Konietzko, Schulz4:42
Total length:74:40


Additional personnelEdit

Naïve/Hell to GoEdit

Naïve/Hell to Go
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1, 1994 (1994-03-01)
Recorded1989–90, 1993
GenreIndustrial rock
LabelWax Trax!/TVT
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [7]

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.[8] After Orff's publisher threatened the band with legal action,[9] the original album was recalled.

Track listingEdit

3."Go to Hell (Fuck MTV Mix)"5:45
4."Virus (Pestilence Mix)"5:08
5."Godlike (Doglike Mix)"5:37
6."Leibesleid (Infringement Mix)"4:39
7."Die Now-Live Later (Born Again Mix)"5:09
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 12 March 2010.
  2. ^ Eddy, Chuck (July 1992). "KMFDM, Money, Wax Trax!". Spins. Spin Magazine. Vol. 8 no. 4. p. 71. Retrieved 21 August 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "KMFDM History". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011.
  4. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Naïve/Hell To Go Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  5. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (14 October 2009). "Top Five Industrial Classics". LA Weekly. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "KMFDM History". KMFDM Inc. Archived from the original on 10 December 2002. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  9. ^ Eddy, Chuck (April 2010). "Essentials". Spin. Spin Media LLC. Retrieved 23 July 2012.

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