Cabaret Voltaire were a Sheffield industrial/electro band formed in the ’70s, who had their peak in the ’80s. These guys should be requisite reading for anybody interested in the history of electronic music. Inspired by Dada and the grimness of Yorkshire at the time, they fused together industrial, post-punk and dance music.
Here’s their most successful single, Sensoria, from 1984:
As is the case with a lot of pioneering groups, the Cabs never made it big, as in Depeche Mode-big, but their influence can still be felt, with many emerging groups today citing them as an inspiration. One of these is MNDR, and up-and-coming New York electro band. Despite the lack of vowels, it’s pronounced ‘manda’ (no, not ‘minder’, for those of you who love ’80s TV shows). They’ve opened for Massive Attack, and have worked with the high priest of coolness himself, Mr Mark Ronson.
Their singer Amanda Warner appears in the current issue of POP magazine, wearing several pieces from the new collection:
Autumn/Winter 2010 – Punk Nouveau – Jade & Skull Necklace £378
Autumn/Winter 2010 – Punk Rajah Collection – Rajah Crown Ring £243
Autumn/Winter 2010 – Punk Rajah Collection – Hooped Spike Earrings £216
Written by Ria Pal