KFC (band)

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General information
origin Dusseldorf , Germany
Genre (s) Punk rock
founding 1978
resolution 1982
Founding members
Trini Trimpop (Klaus-Peter Trimpop) (until 1979)
Vocals, guitar
Tommi Stumpff (Thomas Peters)
Zonker Davidson (Peter Hadamik) (until 1979)
Fritz Fotze (Tobias Brink) (until 1981)
Last occupation
Vocals, guitar
Tommi Stumpff (Thomas Peters)
Käpt'n Nuss (Ferdinand Mackenthun) (from 1979)
Reza Pahlevi (Rainer Mackenthun, †) (from 1981)
former members
Micki Matschkopf (Michael David Clauss) (1980–1981)

The KFC was a punk band from Düsseldorf , which existed from 1978 to 1982.


Prehistory 1976–1978

The band was founded in the autumn of 1978 by the 20-year-old Tommi Stumpff (Thomas Peters) and the 27-year-old Trini Trimpop (Klaus-Peter Trimpop).

Stumpff had grown up in Paris and Brussels and had taken guitar lessons there. Trimpop, who moved to Düsseldorf from the Sauerland in 1976 , worked as an educator in a kindergarten and had already shot a 30-minute punk short film Blitzkrieg Bop on Super 8 in 1977 with his roommate, the art student Muscha . On a trip to New York he attended a concert by Suicide , which inspired him to found a band with a similarly provocative, confrontational and uncompromising demeanor on his return.

The two met in 1978 at a party of the former Charley's Girls bassist Peter Stiefermann and founded this band. Peters, who now called himself Tommi Stumpff , contributed the name KFC and brought his acquaintance, the doctor's son Peter Hadamik (alias Zonker Davidson ) as bassist, while Trimpop his kindergarten intern , the 19-year-old doctor's son Tobias Brink (alias Fritz Fotze ) Persuaded to buy a drum kit.

The KFC began rehearsing in the basement of Muscha's apartment in Unterbilk in the fall of 1978 . Trimpop, who initially only wanted to play the saxophone , quickly took over the vocals, while Zonker and Fritz Fotze first had to learn their instruments from scratch.

Original line-up with Trini Trimpop 1978–1979

The very first concert was to take place on November 30, 1978 in the Jazz- und Art-Galerie in the Arminstraße-Hochbunker in Gelsenkirchen together with lunch break , SYPH and Male , but the organizers immediately turned off the power to the band because of their provocative behavior and called the police and broke up the event, much to the annoyance of the other bands.

At the beginning of 1979 bassist Zonker was kicked out of the band, he became a tax assistant and in March 1981 was the main character in a Stern article about the Ratinger Hof .

For him came the 16-year-old Captain Nuss, who played his first concert just a few days later on February 16, 1979 in Hamburg.

The first self-directed concert followed on April 4, 1979 in the Jazzkeller in Solingen , the organizer announced the band as a hard rock band .

On June 29, 1979, the KFC finally appeared at the In the Future Festival in the Markthalle in Hamburg, which was organized by the music journalist Alfred Hilsberg . The band was best received by the audience, was enthusiastically celebrated and suddenly known in the German punk scene. Conversations with the Hamburg fanzine maker Kid P. about a joint short film in which the KFC members were supposed to play the leading roles, however, did not lead to anything, since the band fell apart in autumn 1979.

The last appearance with Trini Trimpop took place on August 18, 1979 at the Palaver Street Festival in Wersten .

In September 1979, Stumpf kicked Trimpop out of the band, allegedly because it was "not a drink-proof", and rehearsed for a while with a new singer named Hansi, but then took over the vocals himself. On November 24, 1979 there was an appearance together with Male and ZK at a festival in the Old Castle in Grevenbroich . Then Stumpf broke the band.

As a final point, the compilation In the Future appeared on the Hamburg Konnekschen label in December 1979 with live recordings from the festival of the same name. The KFC was represented with three songs, the only release of the original line-up.

Occupation 1980–1981

At the instigation of the bassist Captain Nuss, the KFC was revitalized at the beginning of 1980. He brought the 20-year-old banker's son Michael Clauss (alias Micki Matschkopf ) from Oberkassel into the band as the new guitarist, while Stumpf was now able to concentrate fully on the singing and the interaction with the audience, for example during a joint appearance with ZK in the Bonn Rheinterrassen in March 1980, when he urinated from the stage into the audience.

An appearance at the Unwanted Punk Festival in the Eschhaus in Duisburg on August 16, 1980 was temporarily interrupted due to violent confrontations by around 150 festival- goers with an equally large police presence, and there were six arrests. At a performance in Oldenburg (punk festival), the venue went up in flames during the KFC performance, a large police operation ended the concert; a performance in Heidelberg ended with a bloody confrontation with the audience, all of which gave the band a "riot image" that attracted more and more "onlookers". Especially in Düsseldorf, the band was avoided by the scene because of their fights and their proletarian provocations.

On October 9, 1980, the KFC appeared as the opening act for Siouxsie and the Banshees in the Stadthalle Cologne-Mülheim , which led Siouxsie fan Michael Clauss to brief disillusionment: "There you stood with your stupid punk number, stared stupidly and came to you totally stupid. "

During an appearance at the Lubricating Festival in the Okie Dokie in Neuss on November 2, 1980, film recordings were made by Bavarian Radio , but the whereabouts of the material are unknown. The only known film recordings come from an appearance at the Picnic youth center in Erding, Bavaria, on December 13, 1980, which were released in October 1981 on the VHS cassette 1980 New Wave Hit Explosion (Monte Video Munich). There were two live songs and interview snippets with Stumpf and Clauss, in which the two gave information about the conception of KFC appearances:

Stumpf: “We react to every little activity from the audience, yes? Whatever it is. And if there is none at all, then we have no choice but to provoke violence. "
Clauss: " With all the provocation, what matters to me is that the mood becomes animalistic. That drives come to the fore, animal drives, primal drives - aggressions, hatred, love. Adrenaline rushes, yes, evil [...] It is important to me that emotionally the highest possible level is simply reached! "

A demo tape was rejected by all record companies, so there were initially talks with Alfred Hilsberg to publish a single on his newly founded Hamburg record label ZickZack .

However, the band decided to work with the Neuss record store Schallmauer and recorded their debut single Kriminalpogo in July 1980 in the Arkana recording studio of Flaming Bess keyboard player Dieter Joswig . Schallmauer released Kriminalpogo in September 1980 on the specially founded label Porno Pop . The single was criticized in the music press not only because of its poor sound quality, but also because of the sexist perceived cover (which had been designed by Kid P. ) by some alternative record stores. The single was not re-pressed and is now a collector's item.

At the end of September 1980, the KFC was represented with four songs on the Schallmauer compilation, the first release of the newly founded Neusser Schallmauer label, which the band has now signed and entered into a successful cooperation with the boots sales department . The KFC contribution was celebrated by fans and the music press as a clear highlight of the record.

The band was now preparing for their first album ... last hope . The attempt to win Conny Plank as a producer did not lead to anything, so the band recorded the LP itself in their rehearsal room in the Kultur-Schlachthof and mixed it in the Klangwerkstatt studio in Derendorf . Problems with the pressing plant and the manufacturer of the record sleeves led to delays, so that the album could not be released until the new year.

The first studio album … last hope was released in January 1981 and sold 7,000 copies in the first two weeks, and 30,000 by the end of the year. The use of an NSDAP election poster from 1932 for the record cover and another NS poster for the text sheet was clearly meant ironically, but subsequently contributed to the band's unfounded image of sympathizing with right-wing extremism. The processing of the scandalous first public pledge of the German army since the end of the war (on May 6, 1980 in Bremen ) in the play Bremen 80 , in which the band equated the Bundeswehr with the fascist Wehrmacht , spoke in any case against such allegations. The album also showed a large thematic and musical range (faster pogo, flamenco, psychedelic).

The reactions in the music press were predominantly positive:
Sounds : "The Last Hope demonstrates sophisticated technical skills [...] more authentically than other rock productions of the 80s."
SPEX : "A fabulous German hard rock record!"
Musikexpress : "[...] terribly harmless. Flat. And pathetic when it comes to the lyrics."

Due to personal differences, the band broke up shortly after the album was released. Clauss and Brink, who accused Stumpf of increasing irrational behavior and of concerts ruined by excessive alcohol consumption, left the band. (There are different views, statements and versions about the actual end of the band, most of them are about a bloody conflict) The two then founded a new band called Nothing , which recorded a song on their first album that they were still working on with Stump had worked together, they use their own guitar and drum arrangements of the song "Hotel Arosa" , which was never released. Michael Clauss publicly described this song at a performance in Düsseldorf as one of the most brilliant songs by the KFC at the time.

Bassist Käpt'n Nuss, on the other hand, had a guest appearance at the beginning of the year on Xao Seffcheque 's first solo album Very good comes very good , which was released in May 1981 and contained a KFC parody entitled Final Solution .

Last occupation and dissolution 1981–1982

Bassist Käpt'n Nuss persuaded Stumpf to continue running the KFC and brought his older brother, the 22-year-old professional drummer Rainer Mackenthun, from Xao Seffcheque's band. The band decided to stay with only three people, Stumpf took over the guitar again in addition to the vocals.

With producer Conny Plank , a new single Wer hat Lili Marleen killed was recorded and announced for release in May 1981 that offers from larger record companies were turned down in favor of Schallmauer .

Work on a second studio album began at the end of April 1981 with the help of the sound engineer René Tinner in the Can studio in Weilerswist , the whole thing was again produced by Conny Plank.

From May 20 to June 25, 1981, the KFC went on a major tour of Germany, during which the native Düsseldorf was largely bypassed. Only then, in early July 1981, did the new single finally appear. The delay came because Plank remixed the single again and had it partially re-recorded.

In the summer of 1981, the band members started doing side activities: in July and August 1981, Rainer Mackenthun helped Xao Seffcheque with the recording of his second studio album "Ja No Maybe" and the recording of Family 5's first single "Bring your body to the party" , both records released in November 1981. Stumpf, on the other hand, produced the album "Ich bin wie du" by Silvi and the Awac's in October 1981 , with whom he had also performed live, and which was not released until the end of 1982 after a long delay.

In January 1982 the second KFC album Knülle was finally released in the Politburo , which sold 9,000 times in the first week. The production sounded much more massive and professional and put the emphasis on the Mackenthun rhythm section, but lyrically and compositionally the record fell significantly short compared to previous releases.

The reactions in the music press were almost unanimously negative this time:
Musikexpress : "[...] 14 non-songs that don't even go off as pogo hammers."
Sounds : "[...] Tommi is standing there empty-handed. Because his new record only brings contentless, hackneyed KFC pogo infusion, which would have been embarrassing in 1977."
SPEX : "Just like the attitude of the KFC [...] the whole record is nothing more than the very, very big shit. The topic is missed."

Like previous KFC records, this album also represented the end of a phase, because Stumpf declared in January 1982 that "the KFC issue was buried for the time being" with the album and that there would be no more performances. An exception seems to have been a concert in Graffiti in the KFC stronghold of Hamburg, which was announced for April 8, 1982, probably the last KFC gig, because drummer Rainer Mackenthun made his first appearance as a member of Family 5 on May 21, 1982 .

Start of Stumpf's solo activities from 1981

Stumpf, who had studied computer science and was a trained programmer , developed an increasing interest in electronic music and a disinterest in constant compromises within a band structure. He had already announced in October 1981 that he wanted to produce an electronic album, and in January 1982 he recorded Silvia Senff's solo album "Silvia" with the help of bassist Käpt'n Nuss in the Klangwerkstatt studio , for which he recorded the complete music had composed. The Silvia album was released in mid-1982, totally flopped, but served as the first finger exercise for Stumpf's solo career. Stumpf changed his stage name to Tommi Stumpff and recorded his first solo album, Zu Spät ihr Scheisser, in the Klangwerkstatt studio in the summer of 1982 . Here is: Tommi Stumpff , which appeared in September 1982.

The KFC was mentioned on Stumpff's first solo records in 1982 and 1983, but only as an imaginary club whose "chairman" Stumpff was now. A message in July 1983 that Stumpff's KFC was to be revived in a five-man team had no consequences.

Käpt'n Nuss and Rainer Mackenthun founded a new band Eisen , together with guitarist Markus Wienstroer , in 1982 , which also recorded a studio album inspired by Motörhead for Schallmauer-Records , which however remained unreleased.

Rainer Mackenthun then continued to work as a professional musician and played with Family 5 . He died in March 2004 of complications from chronic hepatitis.

In 1987, Käpt'n Nuss also joined Family 5 as a bassist . He lives as an innkeeper in Düsseldorf.

Reunion 2007

To everyone's surprise, Stumpff announced in the summer of 2007 that he wanted to reactivate the KFC for a one-off performance on his 50th birthday together with bassist Käpt'n Nuss. Guest musicians were Holger Hager (guitar) and Michael Stellmach (drums) from the Düsseldorf punk band The Bullocks . The celebration took place on February 1, 2008 in the Lewinski restaurant in Flingern , the set consisted of both old KFC songs and solo pieces, which, according to Stumpff, were rearranged to "80s pork skirt". There were also two new pieces played, Cholesterol and I Don't Like People .

Stumpff announced that there might be further activities of the KFC, most recently on his KFC blog in March 2010.


Studio albums

  • ... last hope (LP, January 1981, Schallmauer-Records)
  • Knülle im Politbüro (LP, January 1982, Schallmauer-Records)


  • Kriminalpogo / Sexmörder (single, September 1980, porn pop )
  • Who killed Lilli Marleen / Silent days in East Berlin (single, July 1981, Schallmauer-Records)


  • For Elli (live) / PVC (live) / Folta for Travolta (live) (on In die Zukunft -Compilation) (LP, December 1979, Konnekschen)
  • You steal everywhere / I hang myself / Trapped in Germany / Stump is trump (on Schallmauer -Compilation) (LP, September 1980, Schallmauer-Records)

Video / DVD

  • Für Elli (live) / Interview / Stumpf ist Trumpf (live) (on 1980 New Wave Hit Explosion ) (VHS cassette, October 1981, Monte Video) / re-released on Aufbruch in die Endzeit (DVD, July 2005, Empty Records)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. It became a film that no longer played on the screen… Die Toten Hosen, October 2000, archived from the original on February 2, 2009 ; Retrieved October 20, 2013 .
  2. Interview Trini Trimpop . In: Jürgen Teipel: Waste Your Youth. A documentary novel about German punk and new wave. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2007, pages 143-144.
  3. In 2 sentences: music groups. In: Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung , local section, November 30, 1978.
  4. ^ Alfred Hilsberg : German Punk in Winter '78 / '79. In: Sounds magazine, January 1979, page 12.
  5. Evelyn Holst : Saturday night in the Ratinger Hof. Stern magazine, 3/1981, pages 40–58.
  6. ^ Bernward Malaka: News. (PDF; 4.5 MB) In: Heimatblatt-Fanzine No. 2, March 1979, page 4.
  7. ^ Bernward Malaka: KFC. Trapped in the FRG. (PDF; 5.0 MB) In: Heimatblatt-Fanzine No. 5, June 1979, page 8.
  8. Concert poster shown in: Alfred Hilsberg: From gray cities walls (Part 2) Big boobs and avant-garde. In: Sounds, November 1979, p. 26.
  9. Interview Tobias Brink. In: Jürgen Teipel: Waste Your Youth. A documentary novel about German punk and new wave. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2007, page 145.
  10. Interview with Captain Nuss. In: Jürgen Teipel: Waste Your Youth. A documentary novel about German punk and new wave. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2007, pages 162-163.
  11. ^ Bernward Malaka: Hamburg, June 29th. In the future. (PDF; 4.9 MB) In: Heimatblatt-Fanzine No. 6, August 1979, page 2.
  12. Punk to the end. In: Sounds, August 1979, page 6.
  13. Diedrich Diederichsen : The Russians are coming. In: Sounds, May 1980, pages 18-19.
  14. Bernward Malaka: KFC August 18, 1979 WERSTEN / Palaverfest. (PDF; 5.0 MB) In: Heimatblatt-Fanzine No. 7, September 1979, page 3.
  15. Trini Trimpop interview in SPEX , May 1981, page 19.
  16. Wolf-Dieter Lauenroth: A NEW KFC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (PDF; 3.9 MB) In: Heimatblatt-Fanzine No. 8, October 1979, page 2.
  17. ^ Alfred Hilsberg: From gray cities walls (Part 2) Big tits and avant-garde. In: Sounds, Nov. 1979, p. 23.
  18. Booklet for the album ZK : In search of the Holy Grail , Weserlabel , 1996.
  19. Interview Tobias Brink. In: Jürgen Teipel: Waste Your Youth. A documentary novel about German punk and new wave. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2007, page 250.
  20. Interviews with Captain Nuss, Fabsi . In: Jürgen Teipel: Waste Your Youth. A documentary novel about German punk and new wave. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2007, page 252.
  21. Newspaper reports about the Eschhaus Festival, Duisburg 1980. ( Memento of the original from December 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.3rdgenerationnation.de
  22. ^ Joachim Hiller: Nothing Tango 2009. In: Ox-Fanzine No. 87, December 2009, pages 50-51.
  23. a b truth. In: SPEX, November 1980, page 6.
  24. Interviews Tobias Brink, Campino , Fabsi. In: Jürgen Teipel: Waste Your Youth. A documentary novel about German punk and new wave. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2007, page 254.
  25. ^ Neuss / Neus / Neu / In: SPEX, October 1981, page 4.
  26. a b c d Thomas Buttler: Farewell to the new wave? German bands at a crossroads. In: Musikexpress , January 1982, pages 28-30.
  27. ^ Alfred Hilsberg: Newest Germany. In: Sounds, July 1980, p. 16.
  28. From September: new KFC-SINGLE. (Advertisement) In: SPEX, September 1980, page 5.
  29. Single review by Alfred Hilsberg and Kid P. In: Sounds, October 1980, page 12.
  30. ^ LP review by Alfred Hilsberg. In: Sounds, September 1980, pages 64-65.
  31. a b c LP review by Xao Seffcheque . In: SPEX, February 1981, page 18.
  32. ^ Election poster of the NSDAP by Hans Herbert Schweitzer for the presidential election in 1932
  33. Rudolf Hermann's advertising poster for the Degenerate Music exhibition ( Memento of the original from May 23, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. in Düsseldorf, May to June 1938. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.nrw2000.de
  34. ^ LP review by Alfred Hilsberg. In: Sounds, Jan 1981, p. 58.
  35. LP review by Harald Inhülsen . In: Musikexpress, May 1981, page 60.
  36. Interviews Meikel Clauss, Tobias Brink. In: Jürgen Teipel: Waste Your Youth. A documentary novel about German punk and new wave. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2007, page 255.
  37. ^ Alfred Hilsberg: Newest Germany. In: Sounds, May 1981, p. 20.
  38. Single review by Xao Seffcheque. In: Sounds, May 1981, page 15.
  39. Last hope for the KFC? In: Musikexpress, May 1981, page 5.
  40. The Supreme Soviet. In: Sounds, June 1981, p. 6.
  41. Single review by Xao Seffcheque. In: August 1981, page 23.
  42. Silvia Sommer : The KFC. Music is dull. In: Musician Music News No. 2/82, Feb. 18, 1982, p. 16.
  43. LP review by Bernd Matheja. In: Musikexpress, February 1982, page 52.
  44. Kid P .: Nothing KFC monotonous. News and bad things about Düsseldorf. In: Sounds, January 1982, pages 14-15.
  45. Clara Drechsler : Rote Nelken Braune Fans feat. Tommi Stumf [sic] , Captain Nuss, Clara and two bottles. In: SPEX, February 1982, pages 14-15.
  46. Dates. In: SPEX, 3-4 / 1982, page 42.
  47. Dirk Scheuring: Munich Rock Days. Nothing except expenses! In: SPEX, July 1982, pages 10-13.
  48. Ecki Stieg : Interviews: Tommi Stumpff In: Grenzwellen -Webseite, June 6, 2002.
  49. ^ Alfred Hilsberg: Newest Germany. In: Sounds, Oct. 1981, p. 16.
  50. Fast and ephemeral. In: SPEX, July 1983, page 6.
  51. Mack Thun / Wienstroer: IRON (Sound 022). Advertisement Schallmauer Records, December 1982, page 52. A song on compilation: German Championship .