Friday, 28 March 2014

Laibach - The Whistleblowers

Laibach aren't a German band, they are Slovenian and formerly Yugoslavian when formed in 1980. They do write some songs in German though, and - rather controversially to say the least - their name is what Slovenia's capital Ljubljana was called during German occupation.

But my excuse for posting their latest video is because we are going to see them at the Volksbühne, Berlin, next week (7th April). Also, just because it is such a catchy song and imaginative video.

The addictive whistling double-time tune is a generic, ultimately meaningless, marching song that could be adopted to any nationalistic youth organisation. It reminds me that in East Germany the FDJ (freie deutsche jugend) often appropriated the tunes of the Hitler Youth (Hitlerjugend & the Bund Deutscher Mädel), just rewriting the lyrics. In fact, I could imagine a young me marching to this when in the Boys Brigade on Sunday parade!

The video was filmed using a LOMO Soviet camera lens, which gives it its dated feel and extreme wide angle. It was directed by Norwegian artist Morten Traavik and was shot in Riga, Latvia. It is typical Laibach weirdness, with a touch of Leni Riefenstahl (who filmed the 1936 Berlin Olympics) about it.

Looking forward to more Slovenian madness next week: 'Our mission is blessed, and we never fall.'

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