Saturday, April 14, 2007

Cabaret Voltaire - Red Mecca

You know, I've been sitting on the new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club record for a couple of weeks now, but I just can't bring myself to upload it. I love the BRMC but the new record is some straight up U2 loving, overproduced, glossy, radio ready bullshit. I almost caved in and uploaded it today, but I decided it would be better to give you something old and awesome instead of something new and shitty. Maybe I should actually talk about what I've posted. As far as being cutting edge and generally not giving a fuck goes, Cabaret Voltaire reigns supreme. They started out in the mid-70's making noise and industrial music while the majority of the world was listening to Steely Dan. By the time the 1980's hit, they were one-upping their post punk peers by infusing funk, jazz, and tape loops into their music. In the early 90's when techno was just a tiny blip on the radar, Cabaret Voltaire were incorporating house and electronic into their records. Red Mecca is probably my favorite CB album, but really their entire body of work is pretty interesting. This album was a transition period for the band between their noise rock past and the more commercial friendly new wave sound they would adopt on later releases like The Crackdown. The result is pretty much a perfect median between artsy experimentation and infectious grooves.

- Steve


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