Laibach are as much a multimedia art group as a band. Coming from Slovenia where they were banned in communist times because of combining imagery in their concerts of pornography and revolution as well as Tito and a penis, they have never really been uncontroversial.
Their concerts were protested against throughout Europe when eventually they toured there because their strongly anti-nationalist and anti-Nazi stance involves their using nationalist and right wing imagery to satirise it.
While also writing their own songs they have made it a speciality to cover well-known pop songs but in ways that twists and perverts the meaning (for example One Vision by Queen, the Let It Be album from the Beatles, plus God Save the Queen, a song from Rammstein, and so on.
Their international breakthrough came when John Peel became a fan and played them on his show. Laibach also contributed heavily to the Iron Sky soundtrack. While not personally my cup of tea – it’s very industrial rock, with with road drill-voiced lyrics – I have to admire them. A thirty-five year career of royally taking the piss.
Laibach perform as part of the Out of Line Weekender in Astra Kulturhaus 27-29 March, weekend tickets are 49€, address Revaler Str. 99 10245 Berlin
Article by Noel Maurice
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.