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Music: Cabaret Voltaire

Cabaret Voltaire is one of the Trope Makers and Trope Codifiers of Industrial music. Formed in 1973 and named after the famous Dada nightclub in Zurich, the band combined harsh Suicide-influenced Post-Punk rock, instrument-and-voice effects processing, tape manipulation, and eventually such influences as Funk, Dub, Dance, and House to become one of the most prolific and respected artists of 70s and 80s electronic music. The band officially disbanded in 1994, though guitarist Richard H. Kirk resurrected the name in 2009 for collaborative purposes.

Band members included:
  • Richard H. Kirk: guitars, keyboards, tapes (1973-1994, 2009-Present)
  • Stephen Mallinder: vocals, bass, keyboards (1973-1994)
  • Chris Watson: keyboards, tapes (1973-1982)

Key Discography:

  • Extended Play (1978, EP)
  • Mix-Up (1979)
  • The Voice of America (1980)
  • Three Mantras (1980, EP)
  • Red Mecca (1981)
  • 2x45 (1982)
  • The Crackdown (1983)
  • Johnny Yesno (1983)
  • Micro-Phonies (1984)
  • Drinking Gasoline (1985, EP)
  • The Covenant, The Sword, and The Arm of the Lord (1985)
  • Code (1987)
  • Eight Crepescule Tracks (1988, compilation)
  • Groovy, Laidback and Nasty (1990)
  • Body and Soul (1991)
  • Plasticity (1992)
  • International Language (1993)
  • The Conversation (1994)
  • The Original Sound of Sheffield '83/'87 (2001, compilation)
  • Conform to Deform '82/'90 (2001, compilation)
  • The Original Sound of Sheffield '78/'82 (2002, compilation)
  • Methodology '74/'78: The Attic Tapes (2002, demos compilation)


This band provides examples of the following tropes:


BuzzcocksCreator/Parlophone RecordsThe Chemical Brothers
C 418Musicians/Electronic IndustrialCalvin Harris
The Birthday PartyPost-PunkChrome

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