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BIMfest 18.12.2010
BIMfest 18.12.2010
BIMfest 18.12.2010


Laibach (Slo), this Slovenian avant-garde music group will celebrate this year their 30th anniversary with the release of “Laibach revisited” which is a sort of “Best of”-album. This album will contain the essential tracks that made them two decades again one of the most influential bands in the industrial and martial scene. At BIMFEST you’ll get the unique chance to see Laibach performing their early hymns or the best moments of 30 years Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK)!

Below you can read a short band history enjoy two of their most known songs!


Still some weeks to go before Bimfest is on. One of this year’s headliners are Laibach and more than enough good reason to peep inside a career that’s been built from controversies.

The name of this band might be genius but the explanation is rather simple as it’s only the German name Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, got.

Laibach got created from the cradle of some artists who named themselves Neue Slowenische Kunst (shortened as NSK) and even if Laibach might the most popular, you also can find theatre (Noordung), visual art (IRWIN) and film (Retrovision) among their leagues.

By the time Laibach got created, there was something like Yugoslavia which was known for its holiday opportunities and the name Laibach referred to the weird relationships they had with the Germans back then.

NSK is more than just some words as since 1991 it also has become a real state, at least in the heads from those who grounded it. They even can be proud of having their own hymn, based on the legendary words by Winston Churchill : “We shall fight them on the beaches, we shall never surrender”, an own embassy, own stamps till…passports!!!

Typical for NSK as that they like to laugh with extreme regimes and that everything is made as a group which explains why you never will see the individual members in the art performance.

Due to this philosophy, it happened once that there were two different Laibach’s touring the world.

Founder of this all was Dejan Knez who started the band Salte Morale in 1978 but his own dad, being an artist himself, asked his son to change the name into Laibach from 1980 on.

After some different line-up’s, Laibach contained the following 4 members : Dejan Knez, Milan Fras, Ervin Markosek en Jani Novak.

Anyway, the first years of their “totalitary pop art” wasn’t without any accident as not everyone was that happy with their findings.

From the early beginning, Laibach liked to play with symbols that come from the Nazi and Stalin-regimes which made them onto the black list from the Yugoslavian authorities.

Not only the nam Laibach belonged to the banned but everything that was NSK-related was seen as dangerous.

The most famous interaction was in 1983 when a gig ended with the intervention of the Yugoslavian army as Laibach showed at the same time footages from porn movies and images from their leader, Tito.

Anyway, apart from the commotion it also gathered them the friendship from Last Few Days with whom they did an European tour under the name of Occupied Europe Tour.

In 1985 Laibach finally released their debut album which was released by Skuc Ropot in their own country and as they still were banned, no name was mentioned…just a black cross.

During the same time, Laibach released two ther records : “Rekapitulacija 1980-1984” on a German label on the British Cherry Records “Nova Akropolia” came out, along with these releases quite a lot of German shows were held.

It was also the start for Laibach to experiment with covers as in those days they used samples from Kraftwerk, Prokovjev and Richard Wagner but the real coverapproach began with “Opus Dei” that was released in 1987 on Mute.

In those days MTV still was a music channel and in “Alternative Nation” you could see on weekly base their cover from “Life is life” by Opus. This original song was characterised by its funny approach but Laibach transformed into a martial march in where they were dressed in uniforms that were referring to the Nazi-regime and with this, Laibach once again caused a real commotion in the musicbiz.

Covers were more and more the subject from what Laibach standed for. Among the well known versions from both “One Vision” by Queen and “Sympathy for the devil”, they decide to rework the whole latest studio album by The Beatles, “Let it be” from which “Across the universe” became another MTV minor hit.

Anyway, Laibach didn’t release that much albums in the 80’s but they all were one by one influential and anyone who once heard “Opus Dei” realises where Rammstein found their roots.

The eighties were known for their martial industrial-influences but the nineties saw the introduction of electropop.

After having reworked “Hamlet” and the not quite successful “Kapital”, Laibach beat back with “NATO” that featured covers from Zager & Evans, Europe and Status Quo. At the same time they joined hands with the American death metal band Morbid Angel.

At the time their homecountry was reshaped into a battlefield Laibach reworked the 70’s musical “Jesus Christ superstar”.

The last decade was a rather calm one for Laibach with the reworks of Bach and “Volk” being the most important releases. “Volk” featured a collection of hymns among them, their own NSK-one.

This year sees the celebration of 30 years of Laibach, apart for seeing them on tour, they also will release the cd ‘Laibach revisited’.

This double-cd contains the re-release of their debut of 1985 while on the second cd you can find new interpretations of old songs.

Dark Entries and Body Beats are proud to announce that Laibach are part of our famous 2010 Bimfest line-up.

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