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->''Laibach were and still are just about the biggest IRL trolls on the music scene, if not anywhere in the world.''
-->--'''Encyclopedia Dramatica''' on Laibach

->''Purpose: to provoke maximum collective emotions and release the automatic response of masses..''
-->-- Laibach on Laibach


Laibach is a Slovenian {{Industrial}} music group, formed June 1, 1980 in Slovenia (then Yugoslavia), built upon provoking thought via offensive and often [[SelfParody Self Parodic]] aesthetics and are known for never breaking {{Kayfabe}}.


They started off their campaign with their name, which was the medieval German name that the Nazis reimposed on the Slovenian capital during UsefulNotes/{{WWII}}, [[SerialEscalation from there]], eventually leading to them being banned from Yugoslavia after a interview on state TV where they appeared in full Nazi regalia spewing nonsensical fascist rhetoric.

Of course they kept right on going, using a [[FauxSymbolism black cross]] as opposed to their now banned name, until the Yugoslavian government collapsed.

Between then and now they’ve covered almost every artist you can think of, [[RevolvingDoorBand gone through a whole roster of members]], [[NiceHat worn some unusual headgear]], and [[http://www.nskstate.com/ founded their own state.]]

The current lineups are:

!!Volk

* Milan Fras - vocals
* Ivan Novak - lights and projection
* Mina Špiler - vocals, synthesizer
* Janez Gabrič - drums
* Luka Jamnik - synthesizer
* Sašo Vollmaier - synthesizer
* Eva Breznikar - vocals, percussion
* Nataša Regovec - vocals, percussion
* Damjan Bizilj - synthesizer

!![=KunstDerFuge=]

* Luka Jamnik - electronics
* Iztok Turk - electronics
* Janez Gabrič - drums
* Sašo Vollmaier - electronics
* Ivan Novak - electronics and voice

!!Laibach 'music soirée'

* Dejan Knez - electronics and voice
* Srečko Bajda - electronics
* Marko Košnik - electronics
* Andrej Lupinc - electronics and bass guitar

!!Releases (Not including cassette & Vinyl exclusives):

* [[SelfTitledAlbum Laibach]]
* Opus Dei
* Rekapitulacija (1987)
* [[Music/TheBeatles Let It Be]]
* Nova Akropola
* [[Music/TheRollingStones Sympathy for the Devil]]
* Macbeth (1990)
* [[NewSoundAlbum Kapital]]
* Ljubljana-Zagreb-Beograd
* NATO (1994)
* Slovenska Akropola
* {{Jesus Christ Superstar}}s
* M.B. December 21, 1984
* WAT
* Anthems
* Volk
* [[JohannSebastianBach Laibachkunstderfuge]] (Only on CD in Slovenia & Croatia)
* Film/IronSky - The Original Soundtrack


!!This band exhibits the following tropes:

* AuthorAppeal: Laibach seem to like stags.
** Stags (in various forms) show up in many of their videos.
** A mounted stag's head was one of the stage props at their show in London 2012.
** The [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AWc86pyhL._SS400_.jpg cover picture]] of their early [=LP=] Nova Akropola is a stag.
* BilingualBonus: One of Laibach's best known songs is "One Vision" by Queen, sung in German. It has been re-titled "Geburt Einer Nation," which translates as ''Film/BirthOfANation''.
* ConceptAlbum: NATO is about the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, written as it was occurring.
* CoverVersion: This band is most famous for these, having covered (among others) {{Prince}}, Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheRollingStones, {{Queen}}, {{DAF}}, Europe and even Paul Revere And The Raiders. Also their cover of Opus's "Life Is Life" inspired the Juno Reactor song "God Is God", which they covered in turn.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: All their covers are re-arranged in their trademark deadpan comic {{Industrial}} style.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "God is God" and "Life is Life"
* GenreShift: Far from their current Wagnerian EBM, their early work was a No Wave inspired mass of ominous clattering percussion, guttural growls and Free Jazz influenced brass.
* LargeHam: Milan Fras imitates demagogues, so this is a given.
* NiceHat: Singer Milan Fras always wears a distinctive cap with long skirts at the back and sides.
* PuttingOnTheReich: They originally wore Yugoslavian army uniforms, but later got some personalized black uniforms that hit this trope right on the head.
* RefugeInAudacity: Almost all of the time.
* RockMeAmadeus: They performed a surprisingly straightforward interpretation of [[JohannSebastianBach Die Kunst Der Fuge]] on synthesizers, and reworked Creator/RichardWagner's "Overture To The Tannhäuser And The Singers' Contest At The Wartburg", "Sigfried-Idyll" and "The Ride Of The Walkyries".
* StealthParody: Probably the point of their totalitarian image gimmick.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Big time with this trope.
* TropeCodifier: Of Martial Industrial music, later popularized by their [[FollowTheLeader followers]] {{Rammstein}}.
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