Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Laibach: Love on the Beat

An interesting cover of Serge Gainsbourg's Love on the Beat.

The original was the title track of Gainsbourg's 1984 album, his penultimate studio collection before his death in 1991.

Laibach are an industrial band from Slovenia, who have released many interesting and provocative works since they were formed in then-Yugoslavia in 1980. They're part of a wider Slovenian art organisation Neue Slowenische Kunst that incorporates design, theatre and art.

They fell foul of the communist regime by mocking their totalitarian tendencies by apparently adopting them themselves, to a point of ridicule.

Since then they established themselves in western Europe,  their commercially successful releases including covers of the Beatles album Let it Be, and an album of versions of the Rolling Stones song Sympathy for the Devil.

Their 2006 album Volk saw them perform versions of National Anthems, including a memorable version of the French national anthem.

They have been a huge influence on German band Rammstein and remain one of the few  bands involved in the 80s industrial  music scene who continue to release interesting material.

The cover or Love on the Beat was recorded live at a gig the band performed at the Tate Modern gallery in London in 2012.

It features on  a new four track EP entitles S, and a new album entitled Spectre is to be released in February next year.

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