Laibach: Get Back (1988)

 |   |  1 min read

Laibach: Get Back (1988)

The Beatles might have been about "peace and bloody love" as a droll Ringo noted at the end of the Anthology DVD series. But in the hands of Laibach out of what we used to call Yugoslavia of the late Eighties, their music sounded like it was ready to invade Poland.

Laibach -- in a thoroughly post-modern and ironic manner (and don't those words sound like cliches of that age now?) -- flirted with Nazi and Iron Curtain iconography -- and stentorian martial music.

They brought their jackboot beat and declamatory vocals to bear on the Stones (Sympathy for the Devil) and the Beatles' album Let It Be.letcover

Unfortunately their Nuremberg Rally version of I've Got a Feeling was little more than a torchlight parade of Queen's We Will Rock You, and -- as Melody Maker noted at the time -- the song Get Back in their hands (fists?) sounded like the Volga boatmen on steroids.

laibach_letitbeMuch of what Laibach delivered -- sort of Kraftwerk functionary-anonymity to the n/th degree as modern workers with tongue-in-jowl humourlessness -- has been superseded by the stadium humour of big, stupid but fun bands like Rammstein who know that both metal music and fascism are so reductive and dumb you could only sidestep any notions of faux-irony and enjoy the moment.

Cannons, blunderbuss and torchlight included.

Jeezus, heaven forbid that any of their fans could take this stuff serious.

It's a joke, folks. 

Notably none of these "bands" -- and there are more out there parading this militaristic schtick, sorry for the Yiddish -- have been so dumb as to do Hey Jude as Hey Juden.

That would have been much more dangerous and demanding.

Yes Laibach and Rammstein et al are just kinda dumb fun not to be taken any more seriously than their leaden, charmless and brutally dull gestures were then. And now.

Fun.

But fun where you don't care to smile other than beyond a wry and weary recognition of their obviousness.

For more oddities, one-offs and songs with an interesting backstory check From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

kine - Feb 15, 2011

Greek spoken industrial with great influence from laibach and NSK PORNOSTROIKA DADAIFI-
To λυκοφως των πορνοκρατορων (2004) .
Check it here
http://www.anarcho-punk.net/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=5618&p=37583&sid=0db93eaa04e37fb47d8235759bdc0240#p37583

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Nina Simone: Backlash Blues (1967)

Nina Simone: Backlash Blues (1967)

Nina Simone was a rare one: she was classically trained, a political activist, furiously intolerant and increasingly strange and self-serving as her life rolled on. And that's just the broad... > Read more

The Fab Four: Jingle Bells (date unknown)

The Fab Four: Jingle Bells (date unknown)

It may be a bit late now for this one, but the innovative and timeless John Lennon classic Tomorrow Never Knows began life in a very different form. With Christmas very recent in his drug... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LIBBY HOLMAN: Sex, scandal, shooting and suicide

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LIBBY HOLMAN: Sex, scandal, shooting and suicide

When they found singer Libby Holman dead in her Rolls Royce of carbon monoxide poisoning in 1971, her suicide brought an end to a life marked by scandal, sexual promiscuity, one dead husband and a... > Read more

McCartney, Michael Jackson and me: Oh, get a room!

McCartney, Michael Jackson and me: Oh, get a room!

Mostly when I travel I don’t much care about the room I stay in other than hoping for a decent bed and a functioning shower. If you are doing your travel right, you never spend any time... > Read more