Cabaret Voltaire

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just heard that they have remixed NZ band Koras.

this is now available in shops.
for those that remember, Fon Records bloke, Amrik Rai is behind the release, and getting RHK back in line with the use of the CV name.
the use of cut-up vocals and synths is very much in line with mid-80s CV, but the overall production is a lot more current sounding.
naturally, i love it.

mark e, Monday, 16 March 2009 14:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

billy ray martin covers the cabs : here

didn't expect this to work as well as it does.

mark e, Thursday, 4 February 2010 13:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Sorry, that's the Billie Ray Martin cover btw.

Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Farting in Space (NickB), Tuesday, 23 March 2010 13:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

the roman polanski referencing video for the other version is also great :

mark e, Tuesday, 23 March 2010 14:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

Can anyone really cover Cabaret Voltaire successfully? I mean that Billy Ray Martin cover bears little relation to the original. Which in an of itself isn't a bad thing, of course, but are there any truly inspired Cabaret Voltaire covers?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 23 March 2010 17:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

3 glasses of red wine + headphones = ordered the virgin/emi era box set.

whoo hoo.

v. excited.

this band needs more love.

simple as that.

mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 21:50 (five years ago) Permalink


I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:04 (five years ago) Permalink

well, just ordered the emi/virgin era boxset from vice friendly hipster based charity shop.

f*ckers better be on board with their 'nearly new description.

back on track : how massive is the 12" version of 'crackdown' ?

for years now, people have loved/sampled human league/mode et al for their 80s thing, but no-one seems to have picked up on the brilliance of this era

xpost : u know for years my all time jim'll fix it wish was to visit 'western works', whereas now, i suspect its just some laptop in RHKs kitchen.

which means that i guess its too late for RHK to get his payday, which is a real shame as this is easily my fave era of CV.


mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Are the early lps getting a remaster at any point? Or have I missed that happening over the last couple of years. Love the music but wish I could hear it better.
Think I kind of cut off somewhere around '83. But love the earlier 3 piece stuff. Not so fond of them when they went primarily dancey though I did enjoy some of the later solo stuff.

Stevolende, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:07 (five years ago) Permalink

me and stevolende walk a different path.

as (s)he leaves, i enter the picture

i love all that early doors drum machine, synth + bass thing they had going on.

oh and re the early days material - as far as i know, mute have re-released it all on cd.

go a hunting ...

mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:11 (five years ago) Permalink

I was in a band called Sensoria, that's how much credence we gave to it. Fkn love the Cabs.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:12 (five years ago) Permalink

But dancing to NAG NAG NAG at another ILXor's wedding.. damn.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:13 (five years ago) Permalink


the first 12" i truly went 'oh my f*ckin' god, what is that ... ' to.

never heard it prior to buying it

.. just read the nme review while walking around, at the same time i bumped into record store guy as i read the review who asked if i wanted anything, i pointed to the review and said 'get me that in asap'

the rest is history.

if ever one review changed a life forever, then this was it.

no more indie loving c86 styled shyte for me .. twas all funked up juddering machine noise.

the fact that very little has ever come close to that 12" version of 'sensoria' means little, as the quest continues ..

mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:18 (five years ago) Permalink

f*ck. xpost.

mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:19 (five years ago) Permalink

just to clarify : my crappy diatribe relates to the sensoria 12", not nag nag nag.

mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:20 (five years ago) Permalink

man does anybody know where the dialogue sample in "Gut Level" comes from? Have wondered for years.

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Agreed. What a record. xpost

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:26 (five years ago) Permalink

ha, Sensoria for me & my friends was this HUGE embarrassment. We thought the Cabs were total genius, wrote that interlinking CV logo on desks & walls, and the guys at the record store weren't having it & then the new import single comes in and they condescend to playing it in the store for us. We got clowned. "Oh, yeah, you guys, this is fantastic, really deep shit." I like disco-era Cabs better now than I did then but to us at the time the rhythmic quasi-melodic non-ugly vocal style, the movement away from tight dubby atmospheres, was a betrayal of promise

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:29 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm assuming 'gut level' is pre-virgn era ?

in which case, you're going to have to go deep and ask the mailing list nerds ..

actually, i can do that for you ... was just trying to add some euro-styled drama to the proceedings ..

xpopst : sensoria = embarrassmet.

the mind is well and truly boggled. i have put headphones on, and blast that mofo. its shits all over the lo-fi shit that ilm underlines as the 'proper' CV era.

'ok, tis time for me to cut out as the 12" version of 'i want you' has hit the 'phones, and its quite clear this stuff rules my world and i no longer care about my kids.

mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:41 (five years ago) Permalink

the mind is well and truly boggled. i have put headphones on, and blast that mofo. its shits all over the lo-fi shit that ilm underlines as the 'proper' CV era.

I don't think it's ilm that does that, just saddo Cabs fans like me - there are maybe 4 of us. General consensus on pre-Some Bizaree Cabs is that it hasn't aged well, I think, and that seems true some days and less true on others. I'm listening to the Nottingham live '82 tape that circulates now's much better than the banging dance tracks they ended up making. Which are fine, and banging, and if they hadn't made them, somebody else would have, because they're just not that distinctive, at least not next to the weird electro-dub stuff they got going around Red Mecca.

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Wait - "Sensoria" was later. That seemed a little better. I'm thinking of the first single from the Some Bizarre era - Crackdown backed with This Fascination. There was a story in either NME or Melody Maker at the time that I read after that let's-listen in the record store, and the first line of it was "The Cabs fan was horrified." It was accurate in our small circle of 2.

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:50 (five years ago) Permalink

fair enough.

u see i think in the mid-80s and onwards, richard-n-mal had a cool groove going on with their machines that i genuinely think no-one else had.

i listen to the early days stuff and to be honest, it does nothing for me.

i drop the 12" of 'crackdown' era and all becomes clear

mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 23:00 (five years ago) Permalink

1st single from virgin era = crackdown/fascination 12" in '83

and its rather good.

not sensoria 12" good, of course, but nothing is ....

mark e, Saturday, 5 May 2012 23:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Wait... what Virgin/EMI box set?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, do you mean "Conform To Deform"?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:29 (five years ago) Permalink

All three of the Virgin albums and Code are supposed to be remastered and reissued this year though, right? So that pricing on the Covenant CD is probably nothing much to worry about...?

Sean Carruthers, Sunday, 6 May 2012 03:41 (five years ago) Permalink

John Robie is the main man to blame/praise for CV going dance in '83, btw. Although, I'm sure he would think the dance era of CV would be crap too.

Code was my intro to Cabaret Voltaire, so the '84-'87 CV is distinctive to me. But nobody was doing the '74-'83 CV at all. It was the transitional "2 X 45" that's the best CV in retrospect.

ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Sunday, 6 May 2012 07:19 (five years ago) Permalink

boxset = conform to deform

and yes, i've heard that they are to remaster the whole virgin set this year as well.

mark e, Sunday, 6 May 2012 09:55 (five years ago) Permalink

But what of the Rough Trade material? Surely the truly classic stuff, the more other the better. Think the Mute cds are early 90s aren't they?

Stevolende, Sunday, 6 May 2012 10:07 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I don't know whether I'm grooving hard to this because I'm pinin' for them days ov my youth or w/e, it's not like these are really the freshest beats in the whole world, in fact they sound quite dated to me but anyway if you love Stephen Mallinder you might get something out of this. BTW old dudes wtf with the clown costumes.

Inconceivable (to the entire world) (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 5 November 2012 22:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I played a show last week with Mal's other band Wrangler..Much more musically in common with CV than Hey Rube..

They played Crackdown and Sensoria as well as this version of Nag Nag Nag.

We played a cover of Seconds Too Late..

Talcum Mucker, Monday, 5 November 2012 22:33 (five years ago) Permalink

that was ace.
ta for the pointer.

mark e, Monday, 5 November 2012 22:50 (five years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

So the details on the Virgin years boxset are finally available. Gotta say, I'm a bit disappointed that the video-only Gasoline In Your Eye tracks aren't included on the CD itself. Also missing is "Empty Walls", the b-side of "Just Fascination".

1. Micro-Phonies
Do Right
The Operative
Digital Rasta
Spies In The Wires
Theme From Earthshaker
James Brown
Blue Heat

2. Drinking Gasoline
Big Funk
Ghost Talk

3. The Crackdown + EP
In The Shadows
Talking Time
Over And Over
Just Fascination
Why Kill Time (When You Can Kill Yourself)
Theme From Doublevision
Badge Of Evil

4. The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord
I Want You
Hells Home
The Arm Of The Lord
Golden Halos
Motion Rotation
Whip Blow
The Web

5. Cabaret Voltaire 83-85 12" As and Bs
Just Fascination (12'' Version)
Crackdown (12)
The Dream Ticket (12'' Version)
Sensoria (12'' Version)
James Brown (12'' Version)
I Want You (12'' Version)
Safety Zone (12'' Version)
Cut The Damn Camera (12'' Version)
Bad Self Pt.1 (12'' Version)
Drink Your Poison (12'' Version)
COMA (12'' Version)

6. Earthshaker
Earthshaker 5
Earthshaker 1
Theme From Earthshaker (Sheffield Mix)
Digital Rasta (Dub Version)
Earthshaker 3
Whip Blow (Instrumental Dub)
James Brown (Instrumental)
Golden Halos (Instrumental Dub)
Earthshaker 2
Cut The Damn Camera (Sheffield Mix)
Do Right (Cut Up Mix)
Earthshaker 4

7. DVD1
Bedford Boys Club 18.08.84
Just Fascination
Safety Zone
Ghost Talk
Digital Rasta
Do right
Hammersmith Palais 02.12.84
Mao Intro
Big Funk
Digital Rasta
Ghost Talk
Do Right

8. DVD2.
Gasoline In Your Eye
Slow Boat To Thassos
Big Funk

DVD Extras
Just Fascination 7” Mix
Sensoria 7” Mix
I Want You 7” Mix
I Want You 12” Mix

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 13:36 (four years ago) Permalink

think i may skip this.

i have the cds (and vinyl) , the original sound of sheffield comp, the deform boxset (which i have yet to dive into actually !)

which just about covers the virgin era.

ok, there is matter of the remastering, but to be honest, i have no problem with the virgin era cds.

there is of course 'earthshaker' and 'gasoline' ep, lets just hope that gets a separate release at some point.

mark e, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:24 (four years ago) Permalink

You haven't spun the Conform box you ordered over a year ago? Get to it, man!

You're also missing the "Listen Up" odds and sods comp of the Virgin years. Definitely the least of the material but the high points are excellent.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:46 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

playing live again

nonobody, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Still no news on the early material getting a similar treatment to Red Mecca or at least a remaster of some kind?

Stevolende, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 18:50 (two years ago) Permalink

can't get behind the notion that Kirk solo = CV personally.

anthony braxton diamond geezer (anagram), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 20:01 (two years ago) Permalink

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