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Das Kabinette

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PURE 80s EPITOME… e·pit·o·me/iˈpitəmē/Noun 1. A person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type: “she is the epitome of elegance and taste”. 2. A summary of a written work; an abstract.”While students at Blackpool Art College in 1981, Dave, Craig & myself (Mick), quickly discovered our shared interest in music and old English pubs. In no time, our shared student accommodation became a clutter of instruments beneath a nest of wires and recording equipment. Later, armed with our hard-earned student grant cheques, we booked recording time at the local Sunset Sound Studios. Blending synthesizers & drum machine with guitars, DAS KABINETTE was born.

Our second visit to the studio in 1983 produced The Cabinet and the remixed Fudge It (a college term meaning to cheat). We all have a fascination for ‘The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari’ with its twisted tale of madness and unforgettable imagery and this was the theme we borrowed for our demo. Dave created the sleeve artwork (Dave’s wife, Sara, is ‘Jane’ on the cover and I am Cesare) and Craig organised the pressing of 500 vinyl singles on our own Klosette Records label. Over many months, we touted The Cabinet to club and radio DJs and sent copies to largely unreceptive A&R departments, yet found a friend in BBC Radio 1’s Janice Long who aired it on several occasions.

Over the intervening years, countless stories have reached us of the fabled popularity of The Cabinet which has mysteriously migrated around Europe in a way that none of us could have suspected.

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