Laibach

Ljubljana-Zagreb-Beograd

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LJUBLJANA-ZAGREB-BEGRAD is a mostly live document of Laibach's first tour in 1982. The band was formed in Ljubljana, the capitol of what is now Slovenia, and this tour featured shows in the three titular Yugoslavian cities. Given Laibach's penchant for mocking political institutions--occasionally going so far as to perform in fascistic regalia--It should come as no surprise that government interference plagued the tour.

From the opening, Laibach demands acknowledgement that something larger than just music is going on here. The lyrics of "Svoboda" conclude with "The authority has / in the year 1982 / cancelled / freedom." At this early stage, Laibach's music featured heavily distorted bass guitar, very loud primitive synthesizers designed to deliver jolts of phased feedback and screeches, martial drumming, and the speech-like pronouncements of Thomaz Hostnik. "Unsere Geschichte," a scratchy recording of a '40s-style easy-listening record, merges into the ear-splitting feedback twitter of "Rdeci Molk." Laibach's odd, occasionally hyperactive take on the industrial sound pioneered by the like-minded Throbbing Gristle is not for the faint of heart.

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