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July 29, 2014

A musical interlude

Filed under: music — danylmc @ 8:26 am

Every couple of months a bunch of my friends meet up for an ‘under-appreciated music appreciation society’ in which we play each other songs based on a theme. On Sunday we covered ‘covers that are better than the original’ and I was introduced to the art of Laibach, a Yugoslavian-Serb avant-garde group and their cover of Queen’s One Vision: 



  1. How about something a bit more low brow. 1920s vetsion of Call me maybe.

    Comment by Richard — July 29, 2014 @ 8:35 am

  2. Laibach, a Yugoslavian-Serb avant-garde group

    Nothing Serbian about Laibach. They’re Slovenian. In their long career they’ve done several interesting versions of Sympathy for the Devil (this one is very “different”), and a faux-fascist reworking of the entire Let It Be album, which includes this little jewel.

    Comment by Joe W — July 29, 2014 @ 8:58 am

  3. Just why are they singing in really bad German?

    Comment by eszett — July 29, 2014 @ 8:59 am

  4. Compare another of their covers:
    Original of “Life is Life”

    Laibach English version

    Laibach German version “Leben heißt leben”

    The German version was for some reason very popular at parties I went to in the late eighties..

    Comment by Marko — July 29, 2014 @ 9:03 am

  5. Laibach are “underappreciated”? Wow.

    Comment by kalvarnsen — July 29, 2014 @ 9:33 am

  6. big laibach fan, or at least was back in the day

    Much love for their Beatles covers album – across the universe is simply glorious

    Very political and part of a larger art collective which formed its own micro state:

    Somewhere at home I’ve a NSK passport as one was needed to attend a show I went to back in the early 90s in london

    Comment by bob daktari — July 29, 2014 @ 10:26 am

  7. For the definitive cover beats original, The Cokehead Hipsters do Come on Eileen

    Comment by Gregor W — July 29, 2014 @ 10:39 am

  8. I’m not sure they’re under-appreciated, but any list of improved covers should include:

    Willie Nelson – Always on My Mind
    Amy Winehouse – Will You (Still) Love Me Tomorrow

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — July 29, 2014 @ 11:20 am

  9. How about the Cunliffe version of the old Shearer number “I’m going to be the next Prime Minister”. Oh wait…

    Comment by PPCM — July 29, 2014 @ 11:50 am

  10. At the complete other end of the scale, Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” was stripped back in an appalingly dull old-white-man version by Pat Boone.

    Comment by Phil — July 29, 2014 @ 11:53 am

  11. Coupla jazz covers of rock standards: ‘Sweet Child of Mine’

    and Deep Purple cover their own ‘Smoke on the Water’ in jazz format.

    Comment by Rob Hosking — July 29, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

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