Some classic house from an unlikely source – Cabaret Voltaire. Although best known for their industrial and metal-bashing post-punk sounds, they were strongly influenced at the end of the 1980’s by the new sounds from Detroit.


Though they’re one of the most important groups in the history of industrial and electronic music, Cabaret Voltaire are sometimes forgotten in the style’s timeline perhaps because they continued recording long after other luminaries (Throbbing Gristle, Suicide, Chrome) called it quits. Also related to the fact is that they rarely stayed in one place for long, instead moving quickly from free-form experimentalism through arty white-boy funk and on to house music in the late ’80s and electronica the following decade.


The band, formed by guitarist Richard H. Kirk, bassist Stephen Mallinder and tape manipulator Chris Watson, were influenced by the Dadaist movement (whence came their name) and as such, came closer to performance art than music during many of their early performances. After several years of recording with no contract, the group signed to the newly formed Rough Trade label in 1978 and began releasing records that alternated punk-influenced chargers with more experimental pieces incorporating tape loops and sampled effects.


In 1988, after seemingly having become irrelevant to contemporary music, the band traveled to Chicago to record Groovy, Laidback & Nasty with Marshall Jefferson, one of the mavericks of the new house sound. This is the first single from that period, with Ten City on backing vocals (its recorded from the vinyl, and vinyl was poor in that time):


Cabaret Voltaire – Hypnotised (A Guy Called Gerald Mix)


Cabaret Voltaire – Hypnotised (The Fon Force Mix)
Don’t forget, the competition to win the Detroit legends T-shirt is still open.

~ by acidted on September 6, 2008.

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