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Sheffield, United Kingdom (1973 – 1994)

Cabaret Voltaire were an experimental music band which formed in Sheffield, UK in 1973. They originally consisted of Stephen Mallinder (vocals, bass), Richard H. Kirk (guitar, keyboards, sound manipulation) and Chris Watson (sound manipulation, tapes, keyboards).

Over the years Cabaret Voltaire’s music continued to evolve, from its experimental, Velvet Underground-inspired beginnings in the mid 1970s to the pop-oriented dance music in the early 1990s. Each consequent phase saw the band pushing the boundaries of its time, proving highly influential for the many electronic artists that followed in its footsteps. The band pioneered many techniques that for years fuelled music and consequent electronic genres such as house and techno. Among these were the cut-up techniques of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, using snippets of spoken word (pre-dating sampling), and incorporating experimental video in their live shows (pre-dating VJ-ing).

The band first came to public attention in the late 1970s, during the era of and industrial music, with their debut album Mix-Up (1979) and the EP Nag Nag Nag with its seminal title track. They honed their style with the follow-up albums Voice Of America (1980) and Red Mecca (1981).

The early 1980s was an important transitional phase for the band, as it shifted towards more structured dance music. In late 1981, halfway during the recording of the album 2x45 (released in 1982), Watson left the group, which continued as a duo until their (de facto) disbandment in 1994.


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  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine))

    25 Jun 9:08am Reply
  • Daigo-Sama

    The covenant sword and the arm of the lord and the crackdown, which one is better

    7 Jun 8:40am Reply
  • CodeDVA

    I swear I keep hearing the skype notification sound during Nag Nag Nag

    28 May 9:16am Reply
  • mydesperateicon

    so hot

    4 Jan 3:24am Reply
  • versionfiv

    too bad, I don't approve. and why did you save 20 different versions, weirdo. it went from version 14 to version 34 just with your edits, all on the same day. stop abusing the wiki.

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • chewtoy

    I just did a major (and much-needed) improvement of the bio. Hope everyone approves.

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kajuga

    Stephen Mallinder released with his new band Wrangler album earlier this year. It's (in my opinion) as good as best albums from cabaret voltaire. So it's really worth to give it a try.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • feelingsreal

    Please bitch, they started industrial!

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • etaketak

    заебись просто

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • stealththought

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

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • zmstevens

    Boring synth-pop. Not industrial.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
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    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Zombak39

    Сыну такую трубу подарил. Пусть дудит.

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • RivetHeart

    HaHaHaYoureDead, ребятам по 60 лет уже :-D

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

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

    20 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Musilov

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

    17 Jul 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Musilov

    Were, unfortunately, WERE

    18 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AngelOfDARK666x

    These guys are amazing.

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • Razielek

    @ketamineface it was rereleased last year on DVD by CV

    4 May 2014 Reply
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