VIDEO PREMIERE: LAIBACH’S ‘SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN
Video directed and re-edited by Tomislav Gangl for Gangl Productions, 2015. Based on a video by Phillip Bussmann, originally created for the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus theatre production of Die Macht der Finsternis (Power of Darkness) by Leo Tolstoy (directed by Sebastian Baumgarten, 2012). See That My Grave Is Kept Clean features shots from Dziga Vertov’s ‘Enthusiasm’, Maša Jazbec’s ‘First Blood’, Laibach’s concert in Križanke, Ljubljana, 2014 (filmed by RTV SLO), and Laibach’s concert in Breda (NL), 2015 (filmed by Tomislav Gangl)
Laibach’s See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (written by Blind Lemon Jefferson) is available on SPECTRE (Mute, 2014) and SPECTRE Deluxe Digital (Mute, 2015)
Laibach (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈlájbax]) is a Slovenian avant-garde music group associated with industrial, martial, and neo-classicalmusical styles. Laibach was formed on 1 June 1980 in Trbovlje, Slovenia, at the time SFR Yugoslavia. The band represents the music wing of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective, of which it was a founding member in 1984. The name “Laibach” is the German name for Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana.
- In 1989, on his second studio album Hoćemo gusle! (We Want Gusle!), Rambo Amadeus recorded a Laibach parody song “Samit u burekđinici Laibach” (“Summit in theburek-bakery Laibach”), featuring the song lyrics from the poems “Santa Maria della Salute” (“Saint Mary of Health”) by Laza Kostić and “Ne, nemoj mi prići” (“No, Do Not Come Near Me”) by Desanka Maksimović and the chorus from the turbo folk singer Šaban Šaulić song “Čaše lomim, ruke mi krvave” (“I Break the Glasses, My Hands are Bleeding”). A promotional video was also recorded for the track.
- In 2002, Laibach appeared in the movie Spider-Man, with the song “Panorama”. This song was first released on their 1985 self-titled debut album.
- Von Bach, a fictional superpowered character modeled after Milan Fras, appears in the DC Comics graphic novel Kingdom Come, by Alex Ross and Mark Waid. In it, he appears dressed in Laibach-style uniform and displays the group’s cross tattooed on his chest. He is described as follows: “German-speaking superhuman and would-be dictator is the example of the Hitleresque villain that had so much symbolic importance in the Golden Age of comic books. The blocky cross on his chest is evocative of the kind of bold symbols used by fascists. Von Bach has the words ‘liebe’ (love) and ‘hass’ (hate) tattooed on his arms and, in fact, his entire body has been covered with one large tattoo of that dark color that most tattoos become, with his natural flesh color only coming through in the designs on his body”. On the NSK State website, the band states they have “been paid with uncommon honour” by this.
- In 1999, a tribute album to Laibach titled Schlecht und Ironisch – Laibach Tribut was released.
- Laibach’s version of the Juno Reactor song “God is God” (which was inspired by Laibach “Life is Life”) from album Jesus Christ Superstars appears on the second soundtrack disc for the computer game Command & Conquer: Red Alert, which was released only in the German release of the Special Edition pack, and on the album “The Blair Witch Project: Josh’s Blair Witch Mix”.
- Canadian industrial doom metal band Zaraza released a tribute EP called “Montrealska Akropola – A Tribute to Laibach” in 2004.
- The crowd-funded film Iron Sky makes use of the song “B Mashina” in one of its trailers. The official soundtrack to the film was written by Laibach and released as an album.