Laibach (band)

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Laibach is a Slovenian experimental music group, strongly associated with industrial, martial, and neo-classical. Laibach formed June 1, 1980 in Trbovlje, Slovenia. Laibach 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.


  • The name Laibach appears for the first time in 1144 as the original name for Ljubljana. It meant a city by the river. During the Austro-Hungarian empire it replaced the Slovene name Ljubljana. The name Laibach re-appears after the defeat of Italy when Nazis and collaborators failed, tortured and murdered the inhabitants of Ljubljana, who didn't believe in victory of Third Reich. In 1980 it emerged for the fourth time as the name of the youth culture group Laibach. The name now suggests a concrete possibility for the existence of a politicised art. In this sense the name couples the horror of totalitarianism and industrial alienation in its slavish form.
    • In Tednik, Slovenian TV broadcast on RTV Slovenija, interview named: "Bravo", 1993, written after visual record.
    • In Tednik, Slovenian TV broadcast, about reasons of choosing the name for their group.

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