Star Apps: Cabaret Voltaire

When electropunk trio Cabaret Voltaire performed its first show in Sheffield in 1975, Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder, and Chris Watson were assaulted by the mostly antagonistic crowd. The band fared better between 1978 and 1985, when they signed a deal with Virgin and developed a more commercial, club-friendly “pop” sound. Now down to single member, Richard H. Kirk, Cabaret Voltaire pays tribute to its golden, major-label era with the new 18-track compilation “#7885 (Electropunk to Technopop 1978-1985),” featuring boundary-pushing electronic gems “Nag Nag Nag,” “Do the Mussolini (Headkick),” “Sensoria,” “Landslide, I Want You,” and “Just Fascination.” I chatted with Kirk about the new compilation, his preferred recording software, whether he’ll tour the US anytime soon, and why he isn’t a fan of social media.

Cabaret Voltaire members Stephen Mallinder and Richard H. Kirk during the band’s early ’80s heyday.

(Credit: Mute Records)

Cabaret Voltaire hails from Sheffield, England, as do your contemporaries ABC, Human League, and Heaven 17. What was Sheffield’s music scene like in the ’70s? When we started in the mid-’70s, Sheffield was a grim place to be. There were no real bands playing ori… [Read more]

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