LAIBACH

Label: ŠKUC/R.o.p.o.t / NIKA
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / CD, Album, Reissue
Cat. nr.: ULP 1600 / CD 13132 26 / CD 111
Country: Yugoslavia / Slovenia
Released: 1985 (vinyl)
Reissued: 1991, 1995 (CD)

Credits:

Recorded at Studio Metro, Ljubljana, 1983
Pressed by  Jugoton, Zagreb  (Vinyl)
Design: Laibachkunst
Produced by Laibach & Jurij Toni

Notes:

This is Laibach’s first full-length studio recording and debut album, originally released in the former Republic of Yugoslavia.. Due to the official ban of the group by the Slovene authorities, which lasted between 1983 – 1987, this album was released without the title and without the name of the group. It was first published in Slovenia and Yugoslavia only, as vinyl in April 27, 1985 for ŠKUC/R.O.P.O.T. independent Slovenian label, created by Igor Vidmar. Later in 1991 it was also released on CD and reissued again in 1995. Additional  tracks “Policijski hit” (Police hit) and “Prva TV generacija”(First TV Generation) were attributed to Laibach’s sub-group 300.000 Verschiedene Krawalle.  Album was remastered and reissued again in 1999 with additional bonus tracks.

From the review:

Laibach’s self-titled 1985 debut was regarded as an early industrial album; you can definitely hear where future alterna-electronic stars (Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, etc.) learned their stuff. Since the band hailed from a small industrial town in Yugoslavia, it was only natural for their music to reflect their surroundings (look no further than the repetitive, pulsating factory-clang of the track “Sredi bojev”/In the Midst of Battles). But the band was also bent on incorporating politics into the mix, with songs like “Panorama,” which cuts up a speech by a Yugoslavian president, and re-arranges it as a nonsensical narrative. The band also caused a stir visually by wearing traditional Alpine outfits and using the anti-Nazi art of John Heartfield (many people, especially outside Europe, mistakenly interpreted the band as a bunch of neo-Nazis). The music is consistently dark, creepy, and stark, which shows that Laibach were extremely cutting edge, and sadly far ahead of their time. (Greg Prato, Rovi)

Tracklist Vinyl

A1 CARI AMICI
A2 SILA
A3 SREDI BOJEV
A4 DRŽAVA

B1 DEKRET
B2 MI KUJEMO BODOČNOST
B3 BRAT MOJ
B4 PANORAMA

Tracklist CD

01 CARI AMICI – 1:51
02 SILA – 4:02
03 SREDI BOJEV – 8:08
04 DRŽAVA – 4:31
05 DEKRET – 4:12
06 MI KUJEMO BODOČNOST – 4:45
07 BRAT MOJ – 5:54
08 PANORAMA – 4:37
09 POLICIJSKI HIT – 3:28
10 1. TV GENERACIJA – 2:59