The Krupps have had some influence on the German, but also the international Elektronik-/Post-Industrial-Szene since it was founded by Jürgen Engler and Bernward Malaka (both ex -Male ) in 1980. Frank Köllges completed the preliminary line-up, with the original version of the steelworks Symphony was recorded by Xao Seffcheque. Ralf Dörper and Eva -Maria Gößling ( ex -Mania D or pallor ), the band still closed just before the recordings of the first LP. With the steel plant symphony the Krupps is not only their most interesting piece, but also the breakthrough yet succeeded in its creation.
Was the music of the Krupps at the beginning nor a mixture of machine - drums, bass, sequences - and "free " elements (guitar, saxophone), the nachempfanden the workers' everyday life in a steel factory, since the second longplayer dominated ahead full steam! the mechanical aspect (synthesizer sequences) in conjunction with agitational vocals. This album, in particular the single true work - True reward influenced the creation of the Electronic Body Music considerably. After the English-language mini-album Entering the Arena prevailed from the mid-80s but radio silence. Jürgen Engler was devoted to his label atom H, which mainly specialized in thrash metal and crossover. Ralf Dörper, who already during Full speed ahead! left the band, with his pop band Propaganda had international chart success with hits such as Dr. Mabuse or P -Machinery.
Character defining for the sound and stage performance of the Krupps in the early period was in particular the use of a built and played by Engler instrument called Stahlophon ("a cross in between a xylophone and a railroad track " ), was at the beaten with iron rods on steel pipes of different diameters, according to penetrating metallic sounds, varying in pitch.
New start in 1989
1989 initiated Dörper cooperation with the English project, Nitzer Ebb and so the reunion of the Krupps. The Machineries of Joy, a remake of the classic work True - True wage, boarded a classical EBM tracks the U.S. Billboard Dance Charts.
After this successful start, the Krupps increased their activities. As a producer team established themselves at the time and the team Jürgen Engler and Chris Lietz, which was responsible for all subsequent publications. The single Germaniac - a critical reckoning with the German reunification - enthusiastic supporters of Electronic Body Music.
Change of style: The time from 1992 to 2005
In 1992, Engler began with the release of the album I, on the guitarist in the metal band Accu § he participated to carry out a change of style. In addition to Oomph! Die Krupps were one of the first bands that EBM sequences with Groove metal guitars crossed, thus anticipating some basic properties of the new German hardness. Even before the Krupps of the metal band Metallica had paid their tribute with a fully electronic EP of cover versions. The title Metal Machine Music embodies this fusion might be best with the original version of the song was still produced in the original EBM style, but then found only as an exclusive version of the way on some compilations. The subsequent albums showed the stylistic approach to thrash metal bands like Prong or Exhorder. For the 1994 album The Final Remixes bands like Pro-Pain, Biohazard, KMFDM and Paradise Lost and The Sisters of Mercy contributed some remixes.
After the album Paradise Now (1997) seemed the band members Engler, Dörper, Esch to go separate ways.
Return to the old style from 2005
After several years break gave Die Krupps 2005/2006 with a new cast, but with the original members Engler, Dörper and Esch, the 25th anniversary of the band some shows, inter alia, in Moscow, Stockholm, Rakvere (Estonia) and Berlin. Both this, and subsequent concerts especially in the years 2008 and 2011 were marked by a return to the early years of the band. Unlike in the years 1992 to 2005 increasingly older pieces were played live again, which, although re-edited, were sound but very similar to the sound of the early years - what, inter alia, in the return of the Stahlophons and the partially complete renunciation of use of guitars reflected.
In 2006, a limited edition single CD for 25-year tour with a remake of Machineries of Joy ( with guitars and the original song of Nitzer - Ebb singer Douglas McCarthy ) and a cover of Visage 's classic The anvil, in cooperation with the British band client.
End of October 2007, published by Die Krupps Too Much History three best-of albums, all as a digipak, divided in The Electro Years ( Vol. 1) and The Metal Years ( Vol. 2) and a double CD called Too Much History - Limited Edition, which both the Electro Years and contains the Metal Years. All songs are re-recorded, in addition to large hits like To the Hilt, Metal Machine Music and Machineries of Joy is a new song in this collection.
In 2012, the single girls industry which continues from 2005, the chosen path back to the style of the early years of the Krupps both musical content appeared.
The 2013 released album The Machinists of Joy relates with titles like The Machinist of Joy and dirt factory musically and content heavily on earlier works of the band. The pieces Essenbeck and in the shadow of the rings also make it the first time direct thematic links to the history of industrial dynasty Krupp.
Concept and image of the band
The lyrics of the Krupps, and especially their connection with their associated cover art and the live performances of the band grab elements of industrial culture and in this context also the glorification of Arbeitertums. In this context, the use of the company logo of the steel group ThyssenKrupp is seen as the logo of the band. The "three rings of steel " are also the subject of the song " The Rings of Steel" on the album " I". Music journalist Chris Bohn (aka Biba head) rewrote the artistic and conceptual idea of the Krupps in 1991 to the effect that they " promote the global external perception of Germany and parody at the same time " by the ( imagined) international expectations of German pop music thus satisfied that they have the clichés of an alleged German passion for " welding and Work" transpose into dance disco music.
Ralf Dörper to the doctors have a text according to the band a " sweet body." Literally it says in the song My Ex ( plodierte friend):
(Where ' Dörper ' loud booklet by Ralf Dörper itself is spoken)
And Jürgen Engler said to have Die Toten Hosen, according to a text given the band a "Party ". Literally, the song says Jürgen Engler is a party:
In response published Engler punk band Male 1991 a song called "Die Toten Hosen their party " on the EP of the same name, whose refrain is:
An Interview with Jürgen Engler on the homepage of the Toten Hosen According to the song came out in allusion to Engler's former shift from punk to electronic music. Engler also provides a further explanation: " Campino has recently confessed to me that he was probably hot at the time on my (then [ author's note ] ) girlfriend. "