Thursday, June 11

Cabaret Voltaire - #7885 (Electropunk to Technopop 1978-1985)

"No story of the Sheffield music scene is complete without mention of Cabaret Voltaire, the post-punk outfit whose approach to electronic music was so feral it felt like you could hear it degrading in real time. The band formed in 1973, a time when one of their formative influences, Roxy Music, were in their Eno-inspired pomp. Fired up on a diet of J.G. Ballard, William S. Burroughs, and Brion Gysin, Cabaret Voltaire borrowed their name from a Zurich nightclub that was a gathering spot for pivotal figures in the Dada movement, and by 1974 settled into a steady lineup of Richard Kirk, Stephen Mallinder, and Chris Watson. Some of their abstract work from that period was gathered together on a three-disc collection, Methodology ‘74/’78, released by Mute in 2002. But their story really starts in 1978, with the band recording out of their own Western Works headquarters, where they adhered to a do-it-yourself ethos that would link them to the bracket of groups loosely banded under the post-punk banner."
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