Germany and Japan

What happens when Germany and Japan get together for artistic anarchy instead of fascist imperialism? A demented good time. Content warnings for butoh dance (looks like physical torment), brief NSFW, noisy audio, and performance so uncomfortable it borders on self harm. Also flashing lights starting at about 5:49:

The eighties were, in some ways, a very good time. Thank you, Einstürzende Neubauten.


  1. wereatheist says

    You better remove my comment altogether instead of break the Link.
    BTW, I am not identifying with any form of fascism.

  2. says

    If you want me to delete one or both comments, I will. But the link is dead as is and I know nothing about Laibach, so not sure what I should be doing here? I didn’t break it.

  3. says

    Butoh dance is fascinating stuff. Check out some Senkai Juku on youtube.

    Seconding Laibach. They are a subtle/weird parody of totalitarian music. Their cover of “leben heist leben” is one of my favorites.Laibach bear some responsibility for inspiring the existence of Rammstein.

  4. wereatheist says

    Laibach certainly was influenced by the Neubauten.
    I have no idea how I botched that link but will try again.
    But beware: Laibach uses some sort of quasi-fascist aesthetics that makes me wonder how they could legally perform in mid-eighties Slovenia.
    (and I don’t think it’s just parodies)
    Laibach performing in Ljubljana, German name: Laibach

  5. wereatheist says

    And I apologize for my shit about killing the link.
    I am banned by one ftb blogger, because they didn’t like my opinion about the BDS movement. But I’m okay with that.

  6. says

    I googled BDS and wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up banning somebody over contention on that topic, but we’re not there right now and don’t need to be. Personally, I avoid that topic like the plague, for reasons I hope I’ve made clear. In fact, as I locked those comments when you started to get into specifics I didn’t feel qualified to vet, I’d probably do the same here if that happened again.

    All that said, can we just appreciate some Neubauten when I post Neubaten?

  7. says

    Ah, good old Neubauten. They reflect that Zeitgeist in West Germany so well: The old was going down. The industries that had fed millions and always provided were dying, youth unemployment was at record height (there were suicide waves in the 80s of young people failing to find an apprenticeship) and all those concrete estates that had looked like modernity in the 60s and 70s* actually looked more like traps every day.
    And then you get folks like the Neubauten who express their disappointment with the modern world in such modern ways.
    *Those estates still exist and they can either be “everything wrong with things today”, mostly in disrepair, stuffing poor people in with poorer people, or quite nice places where communities and neighbourhoods thrive, depending on how local authorities dealt with them.

    BTW, I really need to disenchant my American friends from the misogynistic fucks called Rammstein.

  8. says

    I have not heard a German perspective on Rammstein in a long time. My impression is they’re pretty politically typical for people their age – cool in some ways, shit in others, and not interested in changing. A very outside impression tho. I speak very little German. On the plus side, they haven’t made music I like in a long-ass time.

  9. says

    Well, Lindemann recently published a volume of “poetry” where the lyrical I happily describes drugging and raping a woman. This is framed as both sexy and romantic…

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