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Wumpscut (:Wumpscut: or :W:) is an EBM project from Germany. It was founded in May of 1991 by Bavarian Disc Jockey Rudy Ratzinger (b. June 3 1966).

Members / HistoryEdit

Ratzinger has always been the main creative force behind Wumpscut, occasionally employing the help of others as guest artists. Ratzinger cites the influence of such bands as Leæther Strip as his reason for making the transfer from DJing to recording music.

Wumpscut first attracted the attention of a large audience with the release of the song "Soylent Green", which is named after the 1973 movie and also contains audio samples from the German dubbed version. Since its release in 1993, it has become a frequently played song at events and clubs in the gothic and industrial subcultures and its associated splinter groups, both in Germany and the United States.

So far Ratzinger has published numerous recordings and contributions to scene compilations. Wumpscut is also very well known for elaborate box set releases including limited versions of a CD or LP release in a box with additional and often also limited bonus material (bonus tracks, “liquid soylent” energy drinks, posters, pins, stickers, bags, flags, etc.).

Ratzinger also started his own record label, Beton Kopf Media, in 1995, which is restricted to Wumpscut releases only. In 1996 he started the label Mental Ulcer Forges where the works of other artists have been released, like Remyl, Noisex, B-Ton-K and F/A/V. Rudy also manages the label Fleisskoma with Karl Kimmerl (B-Ton-K), which has released work by the electronic band Press to Transmit.

The logo for Wumpscut bears a striking resemblance to the logo for the fictional Weyland-Yutani corporation of Alien lore.

Discography Edit

For a complete list, please see List of Works by Rudy Ratzinger


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