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Artist: CABARET VOLTAIRE
Title: Johnny YesNo Redux
Format: 2DVD/2CD
Label: Mute USA
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"Peter Cares controversial short film, Johnny YesNo, was made in 1979. Its original soundtrack, recorded and produced by Cabaret Voltaire, was released as an album two years later. This release is a box set of music and film, comprising the original Johnny Yesno film, a new re-imagining of the film alongside 140 minutes of bonus material and 2CDs including new mixes by Richard H. Kirk plus exclusive tracks. Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and the Normal, were at the forefront of the UK electronic movement of the late 70s and were, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last thirty years. Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire were prolific with blending dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental. Contents: 2 NTSC All-Region DVDs (180 minute running time), plus 2 CDs (135 minutes of music)." -Mute

Artist: CABARET VOLTAIRE
Title: Red Mecca
Format: LP
Label: Rough Trade
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
Original, sealed copies from 1981. "Red Mecca was produced at Western Works, Sheffield, and, although rioting at this time hadnt reached Cabaret Voltaires hometown, it was a particularly incendiary time across Britain and the tension was explicit through the news media. Explains Kirk, “that insurrection on the streets found its way into the music” and the album was seen by many as the alternative soundtrack to the unrest on the streets.

With Middle Eastern musical influences and a title that reflected the beginnings of long running tensions stemming from the Islamic Revolution and the resulting Afghanistan conflict and rise in fundamentalism, the buried vocals and large instrumental passages are a wonderful bridge between the punkier ethos of earlier releases, Mix Up and The Voice Of America and the more dance minded 2X45 andYashar EPs that followed.

Inspirations on the album were varied, but these tensions were particularly highlighted by “A Touch Of Evil”, which bookends the album and was itself was inspired by the Orson Welles film Touch of Evil (1958) and the soundtrack by Henry Mancini. For “Spread The Virus”, the inspiration came from William Burroughs and northern soul while CB became another, initially unlikely sounding, inspiration. CB radio was important at the time as an alternative method of communication. Says Richard, “we were thinking about doing a pirate radio at that time, which never happened, but buried in the sounds before “Red Mask”, are clips of CB radio transmissions.”

Red Mecca is an intriguing snapshot of a band continuing to experiment and evolve, different enough to anything of theirs before or after, and very different to whatever the rest of the planet was producing at the time (or since).” - Mute.

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