The album release follows their recent Iron Sky OST release, the Monumental Retro-Avant-Garde show at the Tate Modern and coincides with a series of European dates.
Album is opening with interpretation of Mute’s first release, The Normal’s Warm Leatherette (here translated as Warme Lederhaut, Laibach premiered the track at the Short Circuit presents Mute festival, Roundhouse in May 2011), dedicated also to the 2nd launching of Mute label.
Reproduction Prohibited, featuring such sublime versions as Laibach’s interpretation of The Beatles Across The Universe or bombastic cover of Europe’s Final Countdown, is a window into Laibach’s own view of pop music, and to the humour that permeates their work.
“The cover version can be seen as a cynical populist tactic by artists lacking in originality, a gesture of contempt or as a respectful example of good taste and seriousness. Laibach’s open rejection of originality makes the first view irrelevant and the new originals are too ambivalent to be either entirely contemptuous or totally respectful. A Laibachised song is sometimes more kitsch, sometimes more serious and sometimes more emotional than the “old original” it is based on. Laibachisation re- and de-animates a song, reviving it for long enough to dispatch it again.”– Alexei Monroe, author of Interrogation Machine: Laibach and NSK, from the Reproduction Prohibited sleevenotes
The CD cover art of the ‘An Introduction To…Laibach’, titled ‘REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED’ was painted by member(s) of the group in 1981 as the interpretation of the famous Rene Magritte’s work, ‘Not to be Reproduced’, from 1937.
1. WARME LEDERHAUT
2. BALLAD OF A THIN MAN
5. MAMA LEONE
6. B MASHINA
8. GOD IS GOD
9. FINAL COUNTDOWN
10. ALLE GEGEN ALLE
11. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
12. GET BACK
13. LEBEN HEISST LEBEN
14. GEBURT EINER NATION
15. OPUS DEI
“Laibach at their best blur art and confrontation” – Guardian live review
Posted by kelly on 10th May 2013
I have not removed Laibach from my player for over a year. Or maybe two. And finally found something to take it's place.
"An Introduction To… Laibach / Reproduction Prohibited."
I love the beautiful music on this one. Especially "Bruderschaft."
Thank you for making it. The service from this site was tops.
Posted by Nexist on 9th Oct 2012
I love Laibach. I own most of their albums. Since this is so, I almost gave this compilation a pass. I really bought it because I don't have "Ballad of a Thin Man" or "Warme Lederhaut." Both of these are excellent covers. The other songs are all solid and a pleasure to listen to -- especially "Across the Universe" (which is my favorite Laibach cover).
Posted by David on 3rd Oct 2012
Introduced to the work of Laibach through Iron Sky. Found this cd an excellent introduction to their work. Play it a lot and still enjoying it. Looking forward to their Tate cd which I have just ordered. Followed other examples on u tube. Getting hooked.
Posted by germaine scalp on 8th Sep 2012
Excellente introduction à la période MUTE de LAIBACH, essentiellement axée sur les reprises réinventions de grands tubes de la pop de OPUS à EUROPE en passant par Dylan, les Beatles et The NORMAL sans oublier LAICHBACH eux même (façon Kraftwerk). La présence de trois morceaux difficiles à trouver ailleurs que sur cette compilation ne gâche rien. Indispensable pour (re)découvrir LAIBACH