May 20, 2024

Laibach launches 2-track single ‘Opus Dei Live 1987-1989 PT. 1’ – Out now


Laibach launches 2-track single 'Opus Dei Live 1987-1989 PT. 1'

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Laibach has released the two-track single, “Opus Dei Live 1987 – 1989 pt.1”, featuring two unreleased live recordings: “Leben heisst Leben (Opus Dei)” live from London, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1987 and “F.I.A.T. (Let It Be)” live from Paris, Espace Ornano, 1992.

Both tracks are taken from the expanded edition of their 1987 album, “Opus Dei”, which is set to be released digitally on Mute on May 10, 2024 and on vinyl and as a 2CD box set on May 24, 2024. Additionally, the CD features 16 unreleased live tracks from 1987-1989 and 3 bonus tracks (which includes two that were previously unreleased).

The two-track single is accompanied by the below video of “Opus Dei (Life is Life)”, cut from live footage of Goran Gajić’s 1988 film “Pobeda pod suncem”, filmed in Belgrade, Münich, and Ljubljana.

“Opus Dei” was the band’s first album for Mute, and was mixed by Rico Conning (Wire, Pere Ubu, Swans, William Orbit) and opened up opportunities for the Slovenian collective to launch a first world tour. The re-release comes with a redesigned cover plus an extensive booklet with photographs, artwork inspired by the German anti-fascist visual artist John Heartfield, and new sleeve notes by the cultural theorist and author Alexei Monroe.

Laibach’s “Opus Dei (Remastered)” is out on Mute on vinyl (with 16-page booklet), 2CD box set (with 28-page booklet) on May 24, 2024 and digitally on May 10, 2024.

Bonus tracks on CD1

  1. Geburt einer Nation (Eine Richtung und ein Volk Version)
  2. Leben heisst Leben (Marche Funèbre Version)
  3. Geburt einer Nation (3. Oktober – Kraftbach – Version)


  1. Leben heisst Leben (London, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1987)
  2. Geburt einer Nation (Somewhere in Europe/US, 1987-1989)
  3. Leben-Tod (Somewhere in Europe/US, 1987-1989)
  4. F.I.A.T. (Paris, Espace Ornano, 1992)
  5. Transnational (Somewhere in Europe/US, 1987-1989)
  6. How the West Was Won (Somewhere in Europe/US, 1987-1989)
  7. Opus Dei (Somewhere in Europe/US, 1987-1989)
  8. Leben heisst Leben (Berlin, Quartier Latin, 1987)
  9. Geburt einer Nation (Berlin, Quartier Latin, 1987)
  10. Leben – Tod (Berlin, Quartier Latin, 1987)
  11. How the West Was Won (Berlin, Quartier Latin, 1987)
  12. Geburt einer Nation (Vienna, Messepalast, Kaiser Franz Josef Reitschule, 1988)
  13. Leben – Tod (San Francisco, The I Beam, 1989)
  14. Transnational (San Francisco, The I Beam, 1989)
  15. How the West Was Won (San Francisco, The I Beam, 1989)
  16. Opus Dei (San Francisco, The I Beam, 1989)

Laibach – Opus Dei Tour

  • 5/14/2024 – Winterthur, Gaswerk Kulturzentrum, CH
  • 5/15/2024 – Frankfurt, Batschkapp, DE
  • 5/16/2024 – Berlin, Huxleys Neue Welt, DE
  • 5/17/2024 – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset, DK
  • 5/18/2024 – Gothenburg, Pustervik, SE
  • 5/19/2024 – Stockholm, Nya Cirkus, SE
  • 5/21/2024 – Helsinki, Savoy Theatre, FI
  • 5/23/2024 – Oslo, Vulkan, NO
  • 5/25/2024 – Cologne, Essigfabrik, DE
  • 5/26/2024 – Dresden, Kultur Zentrum Strasse E, DE
  • 5/27/2024 – Torun, CKK Jordanki, PL
  • 5/28/2024 – Lublin, Radio Lublin, PL
  • 5/29/2024 – Graz, Orpheum Big Hall, AT
  • 7/3/2024 – Munich, Muffathalle, DE
  • 7/4/2024 – Schorndorf, Manufaktur, DE
  • 7/6/2024 – Halle, East Side Festival, DE
  • 8/9/2024 – Jaromer, Brutal Assault Festival, CZ
  • 10/5/2024 – Zagreb, Boogaloo, HR
  • 10/11/2024- Budapest, Dürer Kert, HU
  • 10/12/2024 – Leipzig, Felsenkeller, DE
  • 10/13/2024 – Prague, Roxy, CZ
  • 10/15/2024 – Dordrecht, Bibelot, NL
  • 10/16/2024 – Arnhem, Luxor, NL
  • 10/17/2024 – Vauréal, Le Forum 2, FR
  • 10/18/2024 – Toulouse, Le Rex, FR
  • 10/19/2024 – Wavre, La Sucrerie, BE
  • 10/20/2024 – Bochum, Christuskirche, DE
  • 10/22/2024 – Hannover, Music Pavillion, DE
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