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Sheffield, United Kingdom (1973 – 1994)

Cabaret Voltaire were an experimental music band which formed in Sheffield, England in 1973. They originally consisted of Stephen Mallinder (vocals, bass), Richard H. Kirk (guitar, keyboards, sound manipulation) and Chris Watson (sound manipulation, tapes, keyboards). Watson left the group in 1983 and the band continued as a duo until their disbandment in 1994.

Hailing from Sheffield, England, Stephen Mallinder and Richard H. Kirk were the backbone of Cabaret Voltaire, and creators of many of the techniques that fueled the and electronic genres for years. From the droning of Nag Nag Nag to the sublime of Easy Life, with hits like Sensoria in between, the Cabs’ career spanned two decades.

Many recent/current electronic artists owe a great deal of debt to Cabaret Voltaire’s experimental beginnings, in particular Richard H Kirk’s paranoid otherworldly samples, fused with gritty dark looped percussion. Kirk also had several solo outings, with his Sweet Exorcist incarnation opening the doors for Warp Records, in their “bleep” days that were the harbinger for the sonic experimentation of Aphex Twin, Autechre, The Black Dog, and more.

The late 80s and early 90s saw Cabaret Voltaire take an increasingly pop-oriented bent in their music, but many tracks like Easy Life and later, Colours fused hooks with all the excitement of the burgeoning rave scene in the UK.


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  • stealththought

    Anyone have Stephen Mallinder's solo album "Pow Wow" that they'd be willing to share?

    19 Nov 2:38am Reply
  • zmstevens

    Boring synth-pop. Not industrial.

    12 Nov 10:07pm Reply
  • ABC012_


    19 Sep 2:05pm Reply
  • Zombak39

    Сыну такую трубу подарил. Пусть дудит.

    29 Aug 11:04pm Reply
  • RivetHeart

    HaHaHaYoureDead, ребятам по 60 лет уже :-D

    7 Aug 10:51pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    интересные ребята, делавшие интересную музыку, этакий синти-индастриал, вослед пи-орриджу.

    20 Jul 1:14pm Reply
  • Musilov

    Well,it decidedly IS Cabaret Voltaire if he's not looking to the past. Go Kirkie go!

    17 Jul 6:37am Reply
  • chewtoy

    With all respect, Richard H. Kirk on his own =/= C.V.

    7 Jul 4:14pm Reply
  • Musilov

    @ketamineface: well there is a 'Drinking gasoline cd/Gasoline in your eye' package available - I've just bought it a few weeks ago.

    18 Jun 2:16pm Reply
  • Musilov

    Were, unfortunately, WERE

    18 Jun 2:13pm Reply
  • AngelOfDARK666x

    These guys are amazing.

    16 May 6:24pm Reply
  • Razielek

    @ketamineface it was rereleased last year on DVD by CV

    4 May 7:55pm Reply
  • Anastaxia_Xylf

    Why Kill Time (When You Can Kill Yourself) > Yes, great quote

    7 Apr 10:11pm Reply
  • unrein777

    why the fuck I started enjoying them so late?? such a great band [2]

    6 Apr 12:45pm Reply
  • Faigh


    29 Mar 7:48pm Reply
  • ketamineface

    Why won't you release GIYE on DVD CV? I'm afraid I'm going slightly mental here!

    21 Mar 10:08am Reply
  • Asatre

    That's Great

    14 Mar 12:49pm Reply
  • ketamineface

    Gasoline in your eye needs a DVD release already.

    16 Feb 6:43am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    olddddd schoooooool.

    27 Jan 6:49pm Reply
  • prosto_danya

    Русская аннотация очень в духе группы.

    24 Jan 2:54am Reply
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