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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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  • skinnydrifter

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

    4 Nov 11:16am 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 10:58pm 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 5:36pm 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 7:37am 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 2:44am 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 6:58pm 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 1:15pm 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 1:39am Reply
  • humaniac

    последний альбом прекрасен.

    15 Sep 8:32am 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 4:37pm Reply
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  • skinnydrifter

    Eurovision music video is a yes

    31 Jul 5:34pm Reply
  • Aldri-mer

    Warszawskie dzieci ♥ amazing song.

    25 Jul 3:44pm Reply
  • FCA19795

    This guy has a crazy voice. It takes away from the song at times. But often it works very well. The band as a whole is very good I must say. Second time hearing anything by them in almost 15 years.

    16 Jul 7:09pm Reply
  • qwertyuiasdfg

    Very good, but overrated

    12 Jul 7:53am Reply
  • Suomirocker

    Legends [666].

    6 Jul 7:58pm Reply
  • loglover7

    Love me, love not.

    1 Jul 7:12pm Reply
  • meta-l

    Ladibachtron Ladybach Laitron

    1 Jul 3:21pm Reply
  • mziotit

    How Laibach and Muslimgauze Made the Last Communist Leader a Music Icon

    23 Jun 6:58pm Reply
  • Roope75

    Laibach's version of Grieg's unfinished opera will be very interesting!

    14 Jun 11:06pm Reply
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