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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1A Good War Blues (Klaus And Vivian) lyrics
    2The Great Divide lyrics
    3Sredi Bojev lyrics
    4The Fall Of Gtterdmmerung lyrics
    5Steel Trust lyrics
    6Nyk lyrics
    7Sila lyrics
    8Renates Surprise lyrics
    9Brat Moj (Bruder Mein) lyrics
    10Reject Or Breed lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Anthems [2004]
    2Let It Be
    3Laibach [ROIR]
    4Kapital [1992]
    5Krst Pod Triglavom/bap [2000]
    6Rekapitulacija 1980-84 [1992]
    7John Peel Sessions [2001]
    8Nova Akropola [1990]
    9Wat [2003]
    10Sympathy For The Devil


    An industrial/techno music group, formed 1980 in Trbovlje, Slovenia, Laibach represents the music wing of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective, which it joined as a founding member in 1984. The name "Laibach" is the German name for Slovenia's capital city, Ljubljana. The more popular industrial/metal group Rammstein are generally considered to have been heavily influenced by Laibach.

    Controversial style

    Cover art for Macbeth, 1990Laibach have frequently been accused of Germanophilia thanks to their costumes, which often resembled Nazi officers' uniforms, and also thanks to the Wagnerian stylistic aspects found in some of their music, notably the thunder in "Sympathy for the Devil (Who Killed The Kennedys)". Laibach always denied this strongly, pointing out that, as fascism needs a scapegoat, they had become their own scapegoat in the name of satire. Milan Fras, the lead singer (who is instantly recognisable by his staring eyes and gruff, growling voice), is quoted as saying "We are fascists as much as Hitler was a painter" when confronted with such accusations. [1] (http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/laibach/bio.jhtml)

    Laibach are notorious for never stepping out of character. Their releases feature artwork by the anti-Nazi artist John Heartfield, and their concerts are held as political rallies. When interviewed, they answer in wry manifestos, showing a ridiculous lust for authority. [2] (http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/laibach/bio.jhtml)

    Richard Wolfson wrote of them:

    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 EU, the analogies between Western democracy and totalitarianism. [Wolfson, 2003]

    Subversive cover versions

    Cover art for Let It Be, 1988Laibach are also known for their cover versions, which are often used to subvert the original message or intention of the song - most notable being their cover version of the song "Life is Life" on the album Opus Dei, which completely changes the meaning of the song from the original writers' intentions. Whereas the original is a feel-good hippie anthem, Laibach's subversive interpretation twists the melody into a sinister, rolling military march.

    Other notable covers include the entirety of the Beatles album Let It Be and their album Sympathy for the Devil which deconstructs the Rolling Stones song of the same name with seven different covers of the song. Opus Dei also features a cover of Queen's "One Vision" with the lyrics translated into German. They also once memorably reworked Europe's fatuous hair-metal anthem "The Final Countdown" as a Wagnerian disco epic.

    Visual art
    Although primarily a musical group, Laibach have sometimes worked in other media. In their early years, especially before the founding of NSK, Laibach produced several works of visual art. Probably the most historically important was MB 84 Memorandum (1984) an image of a black cross that served as a way to advertise Laibach's appearances during a period in the 1980s when the government of Yugoslavia banned the name "Laibach".[3] (http://www.artmargins.com/content/review/griffin.html)

    Slovene singer and radio announcer Anja Rupel has performed with the group.

    Milan Fras, vocals
    Ivan Novak
    Dejan Knez
    Ervin Markosek

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