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Formed in a small Maggie Mae (Auf Der Lüneburger Heide) - Laibach - Let It Be / Opus Dei town of Trbovlje at the time in Yugoslavia inLaibach represents the musical wing of the Neue Slowenische Kunst NSK collective, a group which Laibach helped found in From the early days, the band was subject to controversies and bans due to their elaborate use of iconography with ambiguously repugnant parodies and pastiches of elements from totalitarianism, nationalism and militarism, a concept they have preserved throughout their career.
Censored and banned in Socialist Yugoslavia and receiving a kind of dissident status, the band embarked on international tours and gradually acquired international fame. After Slovenia became independent inLaibach's status in the country has turned from rejection to promotion into a national cultural icon, which included performances with the Slovenian symphony orchestra.
Early Laibach albums were pure industrial, with heavy rhythms and roaring vocals. Later in the mids, the sound became more richly layered, featuring samples from classical music.
The lyrics, usually delivered by bass voice of the singer Milan Fras, written in German, Slovene and English, originally treated war and military themes, but later turned focus to any highly charged political issue of the moment, sending intentionally ambiguous messages. They also recorded several cover versions of popular songs, often turning light melodies into sinister-sounding Gothic tunes.
They have worked with a number of collaborators and guest musicians. Laibach has also recorded film soundtracks, theatre music, produced works of visual art, and band members have embarked on a number of side projects. Laibach was formed on 1 June in Trbovljea mining-industry town.
Laibach is the German language name of the city of Ljubljanaa name used during the period when Slovenia was a part of the Habsburg Monarchy and the World War II occupation of Yugoslavia. Eventually, the group would add such symbols as Triglavdeer horns and the Malevich's black cross encircled with a gear.
Laibach disapproved of his act of suicide and posthumously expelled Hostnik from the group,  returning him to his private identity. Despite this, the group often referred to him and dedicated various projects to him, including Tarzan Bwoi - Negrobeat - Damn Skippy installation entitled Apologia Laibachcreated around Hostnik's self-portrait.
In April the group resumed its activities with a live appearance in Ljubljana, featuring guest performances by the English bands The Last Few Days and 23 Skidoofor which recordings of dogs barking and snarling were used as the concert intro.
Inthe group moved to London and started working as labourers, acted as soldiers in Stanley Kubrick 's Full Metal Jacket and worked at a pier in Belfast. They had asked the 12th congress of the SSO of Slovenia to be allowed to use the name Laibach and have public performances, a request which had been accepted.
The record was sold secretly in some European countries,  as the meaning of the cover was not recognised. The usage of Nazi symbols and the name "Opus Dei" caused the Catholic institution of the same name to sue the group but the case was eventually decided in favour of Laibach. In Hamburg, the group performed and wrote the music for an adaptation of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth at the Deutsches Schauspielhauswhich was eventually released in as Macbeth.
After this concert, the group undertook a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina. DuringSlovenia became an independent state. InRecitation About Roy Acuff - Various - Songs In The Key Of Z Vol.
2: The Curious Universe Of Outside group released Kapital an album featuring their own vision of materialism. Following the album release, the Skrubu - Lepistö* & Lehti* - Radio Moskova went on the Occupied Europe NATO Tourresulting in the live and video album of the same name, which featured a selection of recordings from the two-year tour, including the performance in Sarajevo on the date of the signing of the Dayton Agreement.
Bach 's " The Art of Fugue " in his hometown Leipzig and their interpretation of the work was released on the album Laibachkunstderfuge in On 15 October Laibach announced new album Spectre to be released inand they released the EP record S featuring three songs from the album and one from a live album. The songs from the new album are also downloadable for limited time for subscribers of their mailing list. The project was commissioned by Poland's National Cultural Centre and includes a reworking of one of the classic songs of the insurgency; "Warszawskie Dzieci" "Children of Warsaw".
In AprilLaibach launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to augment costs of a tour in the United States which started in May On 8 JuneLaibach announced new album Also Sprach Zarathustra to be released on 14 July along with the lead single "Das Nachtlied I" and an accompanying tour.
The songs on the album were originally composed for a theatrical production of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, based on Friedrich Nietzsche's novel of the same name. Some early Laibach albums were pure industrial, with hard industrial percussion, heavy rhythms, and roaring vocals. The band began their tradition of cover songs in with the album Opus Deiwhere their sound changed again. Laibach's cover versions are often used to subvert the original message or intention of the song — a notable example being their version of the song " Live is Life " by Opusan Austrian arena rock band.
The first of these, the opening song on the Laibach album Opus Deiwas sung in German. The second was promoted as a singleand its promotional video which used the title " Life is Life " was played extensively on American cable channel MTV. Whereas the original is a feel-good pop anthem, Laibach's subversive interpretation twists the melody into a triumphant military march. With the exception of the promotional video, the refrain is at one point translated into German, giving an example of the sensitivity of lyrics to their context.
Other notable covers include the Beatles album Let It Beand their maxi-single Sympathy for the Devil which deconstructs the Rolling Stones song of the same name with seven different interpretations. InLaibach covered the song "Ohne Dich" by Rammstein in a significantly altered version. The lyrics of the song were also subtly altered, most noticeably in the chorus: the original version was "Ohne dich kann ich nicht sein" roughly: "without you I cannot exist"whereas Laibach's reworked chorus declares "Ohne mich kannst du nicht sein" roughly: "Without me you cannot exist".
Laibach not only references modern artists through reinterpretation, but also samples or reinvents older musical pieces. This song, and other based on national anthems are released on Volk album, which is a collection of Laibach's versions of national anthems of countries such as the United States and Russia.
Since this work has no specifications of acquired instruments and is furthermore based on mathematical principlesLaibach has argued that the music can be seen as proto- techno. Therefore, the band found Die Kunst der Fuge to be ideal for an interpretation using computers and software. Laibach's version is titled "VolksWagner". In addition to cover songs, Laibach has remixed songs by other bands.
In Laibach made new versions of their own songs from the early s such as Brat mojBoji and Smrt za smrt. Although primarily a musical group, Laibach have sometimes worked in other media. A notable example was MB 84 Memorandum an image of a black cross that served as a way to advertise Laibach's appearances during a period in the s when the government of Yugoslavia banned the name "Laibach".
The visual imagery of Laibach's art or 'Laibach Kunst', as it calls itself has been described as "radically ambiguous". This work features a monochrome silhouette of a figure with a clenched fist holding a hammer aloft.
The work could be seen as promoting industrial protest or as a symbol of industrial pride. Another aspect of this woodcut is the large typefaced word 'LAIBACH', evoking memories of the Nazi occupation of Slovenia when the capital city was briefly known by its original German language name of Laibach.
This piece was featured prominently during a TV interview of Laibach induring which the interviewer Jure Pengov The Blarney Stone - Various - Songs & Dances of Scotland Laibach Maggie Mae (Auf Der Lüneburger Heide) - Laibach - Let It Be / Opus Dei of the people.
Laibach has frequently been accused of both far left and far right political stances due to their use of uniforms and totalitarian -style aesthetics. They were also accused of being members of the neo-nationalism movement, which reincarnates modern ideas of nationalism. When confronted with Maggie Mae (Auf Der Lüneburger Heide) - Laibach - Let It Be / Opus Dei accusations, Laibach are quoted as replying with Maggie Mae (Auf Der Lüneburger Heide) - Laibach - Let It Be / Opus Dei ambiguous response "We are fascists as much as Hitler was a painter ".
The members of Laibach are notorious for rarely stepping out of character. Laibach concerts have sometimes aesthetically appeared as political rallies. When interviewed, they often answer in wry manifestos, showing a paradoxical lust for, and condemnation of, authority. Richard Wolfson wrote of the group:. Laibach's method is extremely simple, effective and horribly open to misinterpretation. First of all, they absorb the mannerisms of the enemy, adopting all the seductive trappings and symbols of state power, and then they exaggerate everything to the edge of parody Next they turn their focus to highly charged issues — the West's fear of immigrants from Eastern Europe, the power games of the EUthe analogies between Western democracy and totalitarianism.
Some early material by Laibach and later neoclassical releases by the band, such as 's Macbeth release, were influential on certain artists within the martial industrial music genre. The popular German musical Maggie Mae (Auf Der Lüneburger Heide) - Laibach - Let It Be / Opus Dei Rammstein has acknowledged influence by both the aesthetic approach and material of Laibach. When members of Laibach were asked by an interviewer about Rammstein "stealing" from them, they responded that "Laibach does not believe in originality Therefore, Rammstein could not 'steal' much from us.
They simply let themselves get inspired by our work, which is absolutely a legitimate process. We are glad that they made it. In a way, they have proven once again that a good 'copy' can make more money on the market than the 'original'. Anyhow, today we share the territory: Rammstein seem to be a kind of Laibach for adolescents and Laibach are Rammstein for grown-ups"  Laibach would later provide a remix for the Rammstein single Ohne Dich.
InDejan Knez formed his first Timeline - T-cophony - Load Before Departure Salte Morale,  which was essentially the first incarnation of Laibach. During the summer offollowing the suggestion of Knez' father, the well-known Slovenian painter and artist Janez Knez, the band renamed itself Laibach.
First a quintet, Laibach quickly became a quartet and declared that the group had four members — "Vier Personen". Slovene singer and radio announcer Anja Rupel has also performed with the group. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Laibach is a historical name of Ljubljana. For other uses, see Laibach disambiguation. Martial industrial industrial neoclassical dark wave avant-garde experimental electronic electro-industrial.
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