Peel Sessions : Cabaret Voltaire

Another in the occasional series made possible due to the wonderful exploits by some wonderful YouTube Up-loaders. I want to highlight some of those bands that John Peel had recorded sessions for his show over the years.

Cabaret Voltaire were one of my most influential electronic bands in shaping my music tastes. Even today their music still enthrals me. Initially they were less commercial than other Sheffield bands of the time. Though gradually they moved towards a very dance orientated output that caught the imagination a new audience around the world. Their music catalogue is vast and most has recently been overhauled by various labels so please go check what albums you’re missing. Even today the voice of the Cabs, Stephen Mallinder is releasing exciting material under various guises – with new material due in 2014. Whereas Chris Watson went on to have a successful career as a sound man with the BBC. According to the ‘Official’ Facebook page Richard H. Kirk is still recording under the name, though I have yet to hear any of this material.

25 June 1981 – Black Mask, Greensborough, Walls Of Jericho, Jazz The Glass

14 October 1984 – Sleep Walking, Big Funk,The Operative

About Stevo Music Man

Music fan (Worked in music 79-92, gigs, collector, Indie DJ) Football (LCFC Season ticket), Travel, Read, Swim, Cycle & Internet.
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2 Responses to Peel Sessions : Cabaret Voltaire

  1. Jake T. says:

    yeh great band Mal’s voice so distinct, so how can CV be CV without him in the band?

  2. beelzebomb says:

    Thanks for this, Cabs were the first band I saw live (The Venue in London about 1982 I think) & my teen years were built around their music. I think they peaked during the Voice of America & Red Mecca albums which have dated less than the more dance stuff. I met Mal a couple of times & was initially pleasantly surprised that someone with such a distorted vocal style in the Industrial scene was such a charming, polite and friendly man! Still love them & those Peel sessions are a big part of my memories.

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