Laibach dropped into my consciousness in the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the USSR. I’d done a radio special called “Modern Rock in the Eastern Bloc,” which led me to an import by Slovenia’s (or, more correctly for the era, communist Yugoslavia’s) biggest band.
Described by Wikipedia as “martial industrial”–I like that–Laibach revelled in being confrontational and contrarian, something that earned them dissident status not just at home but with much of rock’n’roll. This, after all, is a band that covered the entire Beatles Let It Be album in their own style.
Me? My favourite is this rendition of “Sympathy for the Devil.” It sounds like they drafted Dracula for the intro vocals.
Laibach’s latest triumph (?) is to become the first rock band from the West–hell, the first foreign rock band of any kind from anywhere–to play in the nutty hermit kingdom of North Korea. Two concerts are set for Pyongyang on August 19 and 20, each in front of about 2,000 people, including, presumably, the daffy Kim Jong-un.
Damn, I wish I could see this. Read more at Mashable.