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Trbovlje, Slovenia (1980 – present)

Laibach is an project that started in Trbovlje, Slovenia, in 1980. Their name is taken from the German name for Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, and this reference to World War II occupation was the first of many provocative and ambiguous statements in their long and chameleonic career. Laibach were founding members of the art movement NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst — “New Slovenian Art”) and are one of the few musical groups able to claim real influence on the history of their home country.

Laibach are best known for their versions of songs which have been rerendered in such a way as to reveal formerly hidden or unnoticed messages, often commenting on political totalitarianism or stardom’s own forms of dictatorship. This was done most successfully on Opus Dei, especially on their cover of One Vision. Named Geburt Einer Nation after D. W. Griffith’s classic film The Birth of a Nation, Queen’s lyrics are sung in German to a strident beat. All of a sudden lines like “one flesh, one blood, one true religion” start sounding suspiciously familiar…

However the bulk of Laibach’s output is their own work. Their own early experiments with totalitarian ambiguity led to their being outlawed in then-Communist Yugoslavia; their name was made illegal so the band resorted to using their black-cross emblem on posters instead. To this day their work deals with similar ideas but frequently Laibach reference their own legendary status and tongue-in-cheekily play with the kinds of in-jokes a band accrues in over 25 years of work.


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  • leneheart

    14 Feb 10:11pm Reply
  • Ynnlarcron

    Go bb go stand and deliver \\,,/ eat liver (; best track in all discography

    25 Jan 9:49am Reply
  • adornoisdead

    Don't miss huge exhibition of NSK. Opening on 12nd of May 2015.

    18 Jan 9:07am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    I loved seeing them live

    16 Jan 3:49pm Reply
  • jurekrakowiecka

    Laibach rules! See you in Warsaw! ;)

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • PiecesOfQuiet

    I'm aware of the collective nature of their identities, well as their original vocalist. However, I think the changes in sound that have come with the changes in membership shows the limits of that critique. Particularly the inclusion of Silence as the major songwriters has really changed their sound, and often their content.

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CountJelly

    As for the discussion about the orginal members. Laibach was never meant to be about personalities. it was "Vier personan" The names and identities did come out yes, but thewhole idea of the project is to be about the collective. i just see this as an extension of this. Just as a point Milan fras, although the poster boy of Laibach was not an "original" member of Laibach, although he joined very early on after the death of their first singer.

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CountJelly

    Dates have been announced for Manchester and London gigs in April 2015. They are still part of the Spectre tour so if you missed it in Hoxton or want to see it again here is your chance.

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Empathy82

    Ich freue mich auf heute abend in Wiesbaden!

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Milan Fras made the band, to me he is an original member of Laibach

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • djgizmoe

    Yeah, I'm with punk on this one. I like the album just fine, ("Whistleblowers" is fantastic), but the live clips from recent shows have impressed me a lot more. "Bossanova" is amazing.

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • punkasphuck86

    Isn't the point of Spectre that it's kind've empty and insipid on purpose because politics and music are empty and insipid today? That's what I got from it. Arguably makes for better art than it does an album though.

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • alwiatmaardhana

    Ambiguousness of political orientation was the weapon of Laibach for so many years. That's what made them effective and influential. But, 'Spectre' just doesnt trigger any kind of fear or transgressive enjoyment toward certain fantasy or symbol which are fundamental for their mission (if they have any these days).

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • PiecesOfQuiet

    The biggest difference I see, and I'm not sure that I like it, is that Laibach is being a lot more overt. It the past they've sort of taken on these totalitarian images while revealing ideology in popular culture (think of the cover songs) or parodying modern politics with a sort of Fascist undercurrent (think of the anti-immigrant songs on WAT). But this new album they're writing lyrics like a punk band, urging people to take to the streets and protest, or claiming to make the world a better place.

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • PiecesOfQuiet

    Milan Fras doesn't do any writing on this album though, he's basically a guest vocalist and performer these days, so Spektre doesn't really even have him.

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Aaaaaawwwsss

    No, there is no original member left. Milan Fras (singer) entered the band in 1983 after the suicide of Tomaž Hostnik. He is the member with the most time into the band. Spectre isn't really my kind of stuff, i'm going along with the old ones.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • PiecesOfQuiet

    Are there any original members left in Laibach at this point? Spectre has some good moments, but it doesn't really feel like a Laibach album half the time. I guess I haven't really liked them post WAT, although I did like the Bach covers.

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • humaniac

    последний альбом прекрасен.

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Borreh

    Both "Spectre" and "1 VIII 44 Warszawa" ale great releases. Last songs on both of them ("Koran" and "Mach Dir Nicht Daraus") are simply spectacular.

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
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