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Laibach

Laibach is an industrial group whose members prefer to be known as a collective rather than reveal individual names; they've been seen as fascists and of practicing Germanophilia because of their music's Wagnerian thunder and their military attire. According to Laibach, "We are fascists as much as Hitler was a painter." Since fascism needs a scapegoat to flourish, the members of Laibach mocked it by becoming their own scapegoat and willingly sought alienation. Showing a ridiculous lust for authority, Laibach's releases featured artwork influenced by anti-Nazi photomontage artist John Heartfield, and the group's live shows portray rock concerts as absurd political rallies. In interviews their answers are wry manifestos, and they never break character.

Formed the same year longtime Yugoslavian leader Marshall Josip Broz Tito died, Laibach started activity in 1980 in the industrial coal-mining town of Trbovlje in the center of what is now Slovenia. They took their name from the nearby city Ljubljana's title during Nazi occupation. Their first performance was canceled by authorities for their controversial use of symbols, and military service kept them away from performing until June of 1981. Laibach first played Ljubljana in January of 1982, and the Ljubljana-Zagreb-Beograd collection captures some the group's performances from this time from cassettes sold at shows. The Laibach/Last Few Days cassette from 1983 was the group's first proper release, and cassettes from labels like Staal Tapes and Skuk followed. Milan Fras joined as vocalist, and his distinctive growl and grim stare still make him the group's most recognizable member. An appearance on Yugoslavian TV with shaved heads and military attire provoked the state to issue a ban on the name Laibach in Ljubljana that was not lifted until 1987.

Around the time of the EP Panorama/Die Liebe's release, a concert was planned and posters put up overnight with only Laibach's trademark cross representing the group. Both concert and poster are captured on M.B. December 21, 1984. Laibach soon joined the like-minded artist collective Irwin and theater group Scipion Nasice Sisters to form the organization Neue Slowenische Kunst, or NSK. NSK became involved in the group's concerts and Irwin's artwork would often be displayed at venues. The group's debut studio album, which also featured the cross only, was released in 1985 but was reissued in 1999 as Laibach. Baptism, from 1986, includes the group's soundtrack to the NSK stage production Baptism Under Triglav. Laibach's music had remained a challenging combination of military marches and tape loops that only fans of Throbbing Gristle, Nurse with Wound, and the like paid much attention to, but things were about to change.

Wax Trax! in America and Mute in the U.K. gave 1987's Opus Dei Laibach's first widely available release. Included were bizarre thumping cover versions of Queen's "One Vision" and one-hit wonder Opus' "Life Is Life," and videos of both were shown on MTV. A worldwide tour followed, and Laibach was invited by John Peel to do a Peel Session and Michael Clark commissioned the group to provide music for his dance company. The idea of covering pop music in Wagnerian style was expanded on 1988's Sympathy for the Devil EP, which included multiple versions of the Rolling Stones' classic, and Let It Be, which reproduced the whole of the Beatles' album, minus the title track. Let It Be included a version of "Across the Universe," sung by fellow NSK members Germania, whose ethereal female vocals would show up on many later releases. Another world tour followed, and a bootleg video of a Dallas, Texas, concert showed up on the short-lived Videophile label. The group's success caused various early recordings to be reissued, and 1990 saw Laibach return to more orchestral work with its soundtrack to a NSK production of Macbeth.

Laibach celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall with the "Oktober/Geburt Einer Nation" single, containing more of a techno slant and a remix credited to the mysterious Kraftbach. Released in 1992, Kapital fully embraced minimal techno and focused on the growth of capitalism in Eastern Europe. A world tour (with each member's skin painted silver) and more reissues followed. A return to bombastic cover versions was heard on the war-focused NATO as the former Yugoslavia fell apart. The techno was left up to the new side project 300,000 V.K. and its debut, Also Sprach Johann Paul II. The NATO world tour was documented on the limited-edition CD and video box set Occupied Europe NATO in 1996, the same year the band released the religious-themed and cover version-filled Jesus Christ Superstars. That album's live show toured the world on and off until the release of 2003's WAT, a return to techno and the band's first pop album to contain primarily self-penned material in a while.

The 2004 compilation Anthems featured two CDs: one compiling singles, the other remixes. Volk from late 2006 reimagined national anthems from around the world, including those of Germany, Italy, the U.S., and even the Vatican. Their 2008 album Kunst der Fuge featured "Laibachian interpretations" of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue, then in 2012 the film Iron Sky arrived with a Laibach score including the WAT track "B Mashina," which was also released as a single. That same year, London's Tate Modern museum hosted an overview of the NSK's work, including a Laibach concert, a recording of which was released by Mute as Monumental Retro-Avant-Garde. In 2013 the EP S arrived, featuring a cover Serge Gainsbourg's "Love on the Beat" along with three original songs that landed on the group's 2014 album, Spectre. ~ David Jeffries
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Spectre Deluxe

Disc 1

1. The Whistleblowers

2. No History

3. Eat Liver!

4. Americana

5. We Are Millions And Millions Are One

6. Eurovision

7. Walk With Me

8. Bossanova

9. Resistance Is Futile

10. Koran

11. The Parade

12. Love On The Beat

13. Just Say No!

14. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

15. Love On The Beat (Live Edit)

Disc 2

1. Eurovision (Torul Remix)

2. The Whistleblowers (Marcel Dettmann Remix)

3. The Whistleblowers (Diamond Version Remix)

4. Koran (Alex Smoke Remix)

5. Eat Liver (Gramatik Remix)

6. Resistance Is Futile (Function Remix)

7. Koran (iTurk Remix)

8. We Are Millions and Millions Are One (Konstantin Sibold Remix)

9. Eurovision (Marcel Dettmann Remix)

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Track List: Spectremix

1. Eurovision (Torul Remix)

2. The Whistleblowers (Marcel Dettmann Remix)

3. The Whistleblowers (Diamond Version Remix)

4. Koran (Alex Smoke Remix)

5. Eat Liver (Gramatik Remix)

6. Resistance Is Futile (Function Remix)

7. Koran (ITurk Remix)

8. We Are Millions And Millions Are One (Konstantin Sibold Remix)

9. Eurovision (Marcel Dettmann Remix)

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Track List: Spectre

1. The Whistleblowers

2. No History

3. Eat Liver!

4. Americana

5. We Are Millions And Millions Are One

6. Eurovision

7. Walk With Me

8. Bossanova

9. Resistance Is Futile

10. Koran

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Track List: Iron Sky (OST)

1. B-Mashina (Iron Sky Prequel)

2. Take Me to Heaven

3. Problems, Big Time! / Schwarze Sonne

4. Classroom (Where Are We From?) / Spaceship Hangar

5. Kameraden, wir kehren Heim!

6. Ein Spion von der Erde

7. Sauerkraut

8. Washington's Escape

9. Dr. Richter's Laboratory

10. Vivian's "Untergang"

11. Klaus and Renate

12. In the Machine

13. Renate and Washington At the Lab / Albinising Operation

14. Nazi Expedition to Earth

15. Renate's Surprise

16. Peace Lovin' Brother Rap

17. The Good Times for the Bad People

18. Renate's Message of Peace

19. The Miracle in White House

20. The Answer to the Question

21. The Moon Nazis Are Coming

22. 125' Later Ragtime

23. A Good War Blues (Klaus and Vivian)

24. Die Flotte ist bereit

25. Der Führer's Last Waltz

26. Meteorblitzkrieg Begins

27. Ready to Face the Music (Counterattack)

28. UN Security Council Confessions

29. Space Battle Suite

30. James and Renate Inside the Götterdämmerung

31. The United States of America Does Not Negotiate With Terrorists

32. Moon Attack

33. Götterdämmerung Muss Fliegen

34. Feuer Frei!

35. Fight Between Washington and Dr. Richter

36. Klaus and Renate's Final 'Rendezvous'

37. The Fall of Götterdämmerung

38. America

39. Under the Iron Sky

40. End Title (We Leave in Peace)

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Track List: S

1. Eurovision

2. No History

3. Love On The Beat (Live Edit)

4. Resistance Is Futile

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Track List: Laibachkunstderfuge

1. Contrapunctus 1

2. Contrapunctus 2

3. Contrapunctus 3

4. Contrapunctus 4

5. Contrapunctus 5

6. Contrapunctus 6, A 4 Im Stile Francese

7. Contrapunctus 7, A 4 Per Augment Et Diminut

8. Contrapunctus 8, A 3

9. Contrapunctus 9, A 4 Alla Duodecima

10. Contrapunctus 10, A 4 Alla Decima

11. Contrapunctus 11, A 4

12. Contrapunctus 12, Canon Alla Ottava

13. Contrapunctus 13, Canon Alla Duodecima In Contrapunto Alla Quinta

14. Contrapunctus 15, Canon Per Augmentationem In Contrario Motu

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Track List: An Introduction To...

1. Warme Lederhaut

2. Ballad Of A Thin Man

3. Germania

4. Anglia

5. Mama Leone

6. B Mashina

7. Bruderschaft

8. God Is God

9. Final Countdown

10. Alle Gegen Alle

11. Across The Universe

12. Get Back

13. Leben Heist Leben

14. Geburt Einer Nation

15. Opus Dei

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Track List: Volk

1. Germania

2. America

3. Anglia

4. Rossiya

5. Francia

6. Italia

7. Espana

8. Yisrael

9. Turkiye

10. Zhonghua

11. Nippon

12. Slovania

13. Vaticanae

14. Nsk

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Track List: Anglia

1. Anglia

2. Anglia (Sanctus Mix)

3. Anglia (Crushed Mix)

4. Espana

5. Espana (El Toreador Mix)

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Track List: Anthems

Disc 1

1. Das Spiel Ist Aus (Remix)

2. Tanz Mit Laibach

3. Final Countdown

4. Alle Gegen Alle

5. Wirtschaft Ist Tot

6. God Is God

7. In The Army Now

8. Get Back

9. Sympathy For The Devil

10. Leben Heißt Leben

11. Geburt Einer Nation

12. Opus Dei

13. Die Liebe (Edit)

14. Panorama

15. Drzava

16. Brat Moj

17. Mama Leone

Disc 2

1. Das Spiel Ist Aus (Ouroborots Mix)

2. Liewerk - 3. Oktober (Kraftbach Mix)

3. Wir Tanzen Ado Hynkel (Zeta Reticula Mix)

4. Final Countdown (Beyond The Infinite Juno Reactor Mix)

5. God Is God (Optical Vocal Mix)

6. War (Ultraviolence Meets Hitman Remix)

7. God Is God (Diabolig Mix)

8. Final Countdown (Mark Stent Alternate Mix)

9. Wirtschaft Ist Tot (Late Night Mix)

10. Jesus Christ Superstar (Random Logic Mix)

11. Wirtschaft (R.Hawtin Hardcore Noise Mix)

12. Brat Moj (Random Logic Mix)

13. Smrt Za Smrt (Octex Mix)

14. Wat (iTurk Mix)

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Track List: WAT

1. B Mashina

2. Tanz Mit Laibach

3. Du Bist Unser

4. Achtung!

5. Ende

6. Now You Will Pay

7. Hell: Symmetry

8. Das Spiel Ist Aus

9. Satanic Versus

10. The Great Divide

11. Wat

12. Anti-Semitism

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Track List: "M.B. December 21, 1984"

1. Sodba Veka (The Judgement Of The Century)

2. Ti, Ki Izzivas (You, Who Are Challenging)

3. Sila / Dokumeti (The Force / Documents)

4. Sredi Bojev (In The Midst Of Struggles)

5. Nova Akropola (The New Acropolis)

6. Dokumenti II (Documents II)

7. Tito

8. Dokumenti III (Documents III)

9. Dokumenti IV (Documents IV)

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Track List: Jesus Christ Superstar

1. God Is God

2. Jesus Christ Superstar

3. Kingdom Of God

4. Abuse And Confession

5. Declaration Of Freedom

6. Message From The Black Star

7. The Cross

8. To The New Light

9. Deus Ex MacHina

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Track List: Occupied Europe NATO Tour 1994-95

1. N.A.T.O. (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

2. War (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

3. Final Countdown (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

4. In The Army Now (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

5. Alle Gegen Alle (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

6. National Reservation (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

7. 2525 (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

8. Mars (On River Drina) (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

9. Everlasting Union (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

10. Leben Heißt Leben (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

11. Sympathy For The Devil (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

12. Trans National (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

13. Wirtschaft Ist Tot (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

14. Geburt Einer Nation (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

15. Opus Dei (Live At Dakota DC3, Slovenia)

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Track List: NATO

1. Nato

2. War

3. Final Countdown

4. In The Army Now

5. Dogs Of War

6. Alle Gegen Alle

7. National Reservation

8. 2525

9. Mars On River Drina

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Track List: Ljubljana-Zagreb-Beograd

1. Intro

2. Unsere Geschhichte

3. Rdeci Molk (Red Silence)

4. Siemens

5. Smrt Za Smrt (Death For Death)

6. Drzava (The State)

7. Zavedali So Se - Poparjen Je Odsel (They Have Been Aware - Scalded He Left I)

8. Delo In Disciplina (Work And Discipline)

9. Tito Tito

10. Ostati Zvest Nasi Preteklosti - Poparjen Je Odsel II (To Stay Faithful To Our Past - Scalded He Left II)

11. Tovarna C19 (Factory C19)

12. Stt (Machine Factory Trbovlje)

13. Sveti Urh (Saint Urch)

14. Drzava (The State Studio Version)

15. Cari Amici Soldati Jaruzelsky Drzava Svoboda

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Track List: Kapital

1. Decade Null

2. Everlasting In Union

3. Illumination

4. Le Peiviledge Des Morts

5. Codex Durex

6. Hymn To The Black Sun

7. Young Europa (Parts 1 To 10)

8. The Hunters Funeral Procession

9. White Law

10. Wirstchaft Ist Tot

11. Torso

12. Entartete Welt (The Discovery Of The North Pole)

13. Kinderreich (English Version)

14. Sponsered By Mars

15. Regime Of Coincidence, State Of Gravity

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Track List: Let It Be

1. Get Back

2. Two Of Us

3. Dig A Pony

4. I Me Mine

5. Across The Universe

6. Dig It

7. I'Ve Got A Feeling

8. The Long & Winding Road

9. One After 909

10. For You Blue

11. Maggie Mae

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Track List: Opus Dei

1. Leben Heißt Leben

2. Geburt Einer Nation

3. Leben - Tod

4. F.I.A.T.

5. Opus Dei

6. Trans-National

7. How The West Was Won

8. The Great Seal

9. Herz-Felde

10. Jägerspiel

11. Koza (Skin)

12. Krst (Baptism)

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Track List: Nova Akropola

1. Vier Personen

2. Nova Akropola

3. Krvava Gruda - Plodna Zemlja

4. Vojna Poema

5. Ti, Ki Izzivas (Outro)

6. Die Liebe

7. Drzava

8. Vade Retro

9. Panorama

10. Decree

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Track List: Neu Konservatiw (Live)

1. Vier Personen (Live)

2. Nova Akropola (Live)

3. Vade Retro Satanas (Live)

4. Die Liebe (Live)

5. Du Der Du Herausforderst (Live)

6. Der Staat (Live)

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Wehrmacht vas here!
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Ich liebe Laibach LOL
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herne9
I saw them...must have been 6 t0 8 years ago, they had an all white light rig, and two female drummers that flanked the lead singer, playing two snare drums syncronized. totally sweet!
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Übermensch.
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I had the rare opportunity to see them live in Boston during their Jesus Christ Superstar tour. The lead singer was the only one who displayed any kind of emotion or animation. Even the guitarists took on a certain pose and remained that way as statues as they played. Their expressions blank and cold. It was pretty awesome!
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Where is anything from the 20th C. ? I like their new stuff but they have so much old stuff. Can't forget their compilations with other bands as well.
oh well... Life is Life. : )
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Anyone who can create an entire song using only 'THX 1138' samples will remain in the archives of Awesome forever!
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swing heil!! lol
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I love it a lot
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seig heil!
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huaynacapac3 5 7
I wish they had Let It Be on here.
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Unbelievable ! Where is the "NATO" & "Kapital" albums?
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Tanz mit Laibach!!!! Eins, zwei, drei, vier!!! Effing rad :)
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they are definitely their own thing. long live laibach
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jcgregory5
Awesome stuff! An electronic base mixed with a bit of aggression! I love them and Rammstein!
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The Volk album makes me think of a German version of Nick Cave's lyrics meets Tori Amos' piano. Good stuff in other words.
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Dance with Laibach ha ha! These guys kick eternal a**!
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Laibach is essential classic industrial stomp. I haven't heard any of the new stuff - well "new" after Geburt Einer Nation - but back in the day is was silly good times.
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life is life !!!

love that f**kin line :P

they're s**t has always made me laugh.....ne v e r t h e l e s s good industrial after all these years
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natemow
Malkav is totally right...this band's scope is much broader than the stuff they typically get lumped in with. In particular, I recommend "Kapital"... i t still knocks my socks off 16 years later...
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life is life!
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They're really good, and so much more than the brief biography given here.
Shame they're associated to so many other junky groups on Pandora.

Look for the lyrics for "Perspective s " on Google if you're interested in them.
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INTERESTING I LIKE THEM

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