An Introduction To… Laibach / Reproduction Prohibited
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