I’ve got 3 mails a week about Laibach merchandising and nobody told me they were touring in Switzerland ?
Even if I tend to prefer Laibach’s original compositions (both from first and second generation), even if my favourite old-school Laibach’s videoclip is still Sympathy for the Devil, and my favourite cover is tied between Europe’s Final Countdown, Queen’s Geburt einer Nation, or Gainsbourg’s Love on the Beat, this Life is life is simultaneously glorious and delightful.
On November 25, 1970, Mishima and four members of the Tatenokai, under pretext, visited the commandant of the Ichigaya Camp, the Tokyo headquarters of the Eastern Command of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces. Inside, they barricaded the office and tied the commandant to his chair. With a prepared manifesto and a banner listing their demands, Mishima stepped onto the balcony to address the soldiers gathered below. His speech was intended to inspire a coup d’État to restore the power of the emperor. He succeeded only in irritating the soldiers, and was mocked and jeered. He finished his planned speech after a few minutes, returned to the commandant’s office and committed seppuku. The assisting kaishakunin duty at the end of this ritual (to decapitate Mishima) had been assigned to Tatenokai member Masakatsu Morita, who was unable to properly perform the task. After several failed attempts at severing Mishima’s head, he allowed another Tatenokai member, Hiroyasu Koga, to behead Mishima. Morita then knelt and stabbed himself in the abdomen and Koga again performed the kaishakunin duty.
Another traditional element of the suicide ritual was the composition of so-called death poems before their entry into the headquarters. Mishima planned his suicide meticulously for at least a year and no one outside the group of hand-picked Tatenokai members had any indication of what he was planning. His biographer, translator John Nathan, suggests that the coup attempt was only a pretext for the ritual suicide of which Mishima had long dreamed. Mishima made sure his affairs were in order and left money for the legal defense of the three surviving Tatenokai members.
Mishima’s grave is located at the Tama Cemetery in Fuchu, Tokyo.
Since they’re playing today and tomorrow in North Korea, I was looking for some Sound of music covers from Laibach, but instead, I found this gem. It was probably this song that brought me to Slovenian militarist industrial music, when I was still a student.
Laibach – Le Privilège des morts
Whoa, I’ve got some awesome mutuals and I’m glad some of them agreed to play this game. So if you want to listen to good music (and meet great people), just try (in no particular order) :
And remember, folks, as Uncle Friedrich taught us: without music, life would be a moustache.
* Pour unsisypheheureux – si je n’étais pas le plus flamboyant avec ma chemise à l’effigie du dictateur camerounais à ce concert de Laibach, c’est uniquement dû à la présence d’un groupe de drag-queens allemands tout de vinyle vêtus et montés sur platform-boots.