Cabaret Voltaire
The Original Sound Of Sheffield '78/'82 CD

Straight from Mute's Grey Area archives comes this compilation on CD, featuring classic material of one of Sheffield's most influential bands, Cabaret Voltaire - recorded way before the band headed for a prototype House-/Techno-sound.

It's 1973, and Cabaret Voltaire come into being, when Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson start to record and manipulate sounds on tape recorders. Their monicker is borrowed from Hugo Ball's Swiss Dada-club, and, though the Dadaist and Situationist movements have a strong impact on the band, the "Cabs" also absorb anything related to radical ideas, from William S. Burroughs to Baader-Meinhof. Out of this pool they form a dire picture of the world we live in, embodied by harsh sound collages, cynical manipulations of recordings from news broadcasts on TV, and alienated vocals. The energy and attitude of Punk meet new electronic sounds and rhythms.

At that time, Cabaret Voltaire and like-minded artists such as Throbbing Gristle or 23 Skidoo were really far off most listeners' experience, and the term "Industrial" stood for going beyond any limitations and pathetic attitudes, thus unconsciously destroying the rigid and conservative structure of popular music. However, once the ideas had become commonplace, Cabaret Voltaire had to move forward as not to become trapped by repeating their own methods. And evolve they did, first by focusing on visual media, later by pioneering what was to become House and Techno music.

The recordings on "The Original Sound Of Sheffield" have originally been released on several singles and albums ("Mix Up", "Voice Of America" and "Red Mecca") during Cabaret Voltaire's years with Rough Trade Records. "Do The Mussolini (Headkick)" is there, and of course "Nag Nag Nag" - in all their monotony, warped and distorted beauty still good examples for bleak electronic "dance" music.


Label: The Grey Area (of Mute)

The original sound of "The Cabs" - 25 years ago