A Different Nature Presents: Strange Sounds From Sheffield: A Look at Cabaret Voltaire

August 4, 2010

A look at the Dada-infused group from Sheffield UK, Cabaret Voltaire.
Cabaret Voltaire formed in 1973, around Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson. Initially utilizing minimal electronics and tape to make their highly original sounds, they eventually incorporated Funk, dance and Dub in the mix and released numerous singles, EPs and albums.
Watson left the group in the early 80’s to pursue a career in television and has since gained acclaim as an environmental sound recordist.
Cabaret Voltaire’s output slowed to a crawl in the Nineties and there has yet to be a proper CV recording in this century.
Richard H. Kirk continues to put out releases under his own name, as Sandoz, Biochemical Dread and more.
He has lately said in interviews that the last three or four Cabaret Voltaire albums were the work of himself alone.


Artist-Title-Album (Label, year recorded)
Cabaret Voltaire – Voice of America – Voice of America (Rough Trade, ’80)
Cabaret Voltaire – Do the Mussolini Headkick – Living Legends (Mute, ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – Baader/Meinhof – Original Sounds of Sheffield (Mute, ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – The Dada Man – 1974-1976 (Industrial Records ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – No Escape – Original Sounds of Sheffield (Mute, ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag – Living Legends (Mute, ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – Do the Snake – 1974-1976 (Industrial Records ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – Seconds Too Late – Living Legends (Mute, ’78)
Cabaret Voltaire – This is Entertainment – Voice of America (Rough Trade, ’80)
Cabaret Voltaire – If Shadows Could March – Voice of America (Rough Trade, ’80)
Cabaret Voltaire – Stay Out Of It – Voice of America (Rough Trade, ’80)
Cabaret Voltaire – Red Mask – Red Mecca (Rough Trade, ’81)
Cabaret Voltaire – Split Second Feeling – Red Mecca (Rough Trade, ’81)
Cabaret Voltaire – Sluggin’ Fer Jesus – Eight Crepescule Tracks (Interior Music, ’87)
Cabaret Voltaire – Yashar – 2 X 45 (Rough Trade, ’81)
Cabaret Voltaire – Hallucination Sequence – Johnny Yesno OST (Doublevision, ’83)
Cabaret Voltaire – Do Right – Microphonies (Virgin, ’84)
Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria – Sensoria 12″ (Virgin/Some Bizarre, ’84)
Cabaret Voltaire – I Want You – Arm of the Lord (Virgin/Some Bizarre, ’85)
Cabaret Voltaire – Hell’s Home – Arm of the Lord (Virgin/Some Bizarre, ’85)
Cabaret Voltaire – James Brown – James Brown 12″ (Virgin/Some Bizarre, ’85)
Cabaret Voltaire – Shakedown – Drain Train (Doublevision, ’86)
Cabaret Voltaire – Taxi Mutant – International Language (Instinct, ’92)
Cabaret Voltaire – Soul Vine (70 Billion People) – Plasticity (Instinct, ’93)



  1. Good greetings . . . “Rich” is it?
    Can’t tell you what a Gods-send you broadcasting has been for me. Although, actually, I guess I can for I am doing so. ;-p First learnt about you from clicking your link from The Weatherman’s blog, and evah since I’ve been delving into your show, incessantly. I work a bureaucratic job and find your shows a true (dare I say it again) Gods-Send. Yours is the Pacific Northwest ambrosia, channeling down from the font that slaked me from where I would sip it via the Universal Media Netweb where I grew from in the Big 10-8 Place. Now, m’Lady is away on business and I am inebriated, so I am am free with my belated communication that KUR is so wonderful. I have been listening to show after show of late, and they have sustained me to no end. Thak you so much. I look forward to getting into more detail about how much I appreciate your effort, but, as I said, I am rather blotto, and am losing my wind now, but at least I’ve broken the membrane. Bye for now. But to give you a an idea of how much I have been exposed: Keep a Cybernetic level of actualisation going when making bacon for the Buffalo Gals lamenting for ET after responding to the State when asked “What’s wrong?” Peace, Rich. ~J~

  2. Thanks so much, Stellar!
    Much appreciated! It makes doing the shows (terrestrial, internet and extraterrestrial) worthwhile when I know folks are digging it.
    Stay tuned for more mayhem.
    Hoisting an IPA your way – CLINK!

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