Cabaret Voltaire (band)  

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Cabaret Voltaire were an English music group known for such musical compositions as "Nag Nag Nag" (1979). The group was named after the Cabaret Voltaire, the nightclub that served as a center for the early Dada movement.



Formed in Sheffield in 1973 and initially composed of Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk, and Chris Watson. The group was named after the Cabaret Voltaire, the Zürich nightclub that served as a centre for the early Dada movement.

The early work of Cabaret Voltaire consisted primarily of experimentation with DIY electronics and tape machines, as well as Dada-influenced performance art, helping to pioneer industrial music in the mid-1970s. Finding an audience during the post-punk era, they integrated their experimental sensibilities with dance and pop styles. They are often characterized as among the most innovative and influential electronic groups of their era.


  • Richard H. Kirk – guitars, keyboards, clarinet, saxophone, tapes, sampling, drum machines, sequencer programming (1973–1994, 2009–2021; died 2021)
  • Stephen Mallinder – vocals, bass, keyboards (1973–1994)
  • Chris Watson – keyboards, tapes (1973– October 1981)


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