In the end of 1996, multi-instrumentalist Tim Skold got together with the German musician, Sascha Konietzko, and became a part of his band KMFDM. The band soon released the album [Symbols], on which Tim contributed by writing and singing some of the songs. About two years after, the school massacre in Columbine High in Colorado occurred, April 20 1999, on the same day as the release of the band’s second album with Skold. This album was entitled Adios and the killers saw this as a sign for them to go on. The two male students in the school shot 12 schoolmates and one teacher to death, and then took their own lifes. Tim had written the lyrics for the song Anarchy on the record the two teens adored, and as Eric Harris had quoted this song in his signature in Nate Dykeman’s yearbook, with the phrase “wake me up in anarchy”, Skold was immediately linked together to the murders.
Tim Skold said in an interview in 2011 about the incident: “It’s completely insane to see your own text in a manifesto from murderers. It’s a bit… bewildering.” When asked how this affected him, he continued; “When you see murderers find a meaning in your lyrics, a text you’ve written… Yeah, that can be bewildering. But I can’t even feel guilty for what people do. I write what I write, but how you perceive it, that’s completely up to you. And I write things with a meaning, things that’s supposed to be strong. And tickle your imagination. But it is still up for the listener, who is responsible for what they create out of the material.” […] “It became clear for me that it was time to shut the phones down, turn the lights off, lock the door and hide ourselves, because there’s no way we can win this. They’re just looking for a scapegoat! The media wants someone to blame and then it was the rock music here.”
And, said and done, media was only hungry for super news and this was exactly what they had been waiting for. Not looking for facts, they only wanted someone to put the blame on, not listening to anybody else who had anything to say about it. “But we can’t fight on that level. So then they went after Marilyn Manson, which had more of a name, and recognition.”