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Cabaret Voltaire: Pioneers of the Electro-Punk Scene

Formed in Sheffield, England in 1973, Cabaret Voltaire were one of the pioneering acts of the electro-punk scene. The band's founders, Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk, and Chris Watson, were inspired by the Dadaist movement and the emerging world of electronic music, and sought to create a unique sound that would challenge the norms of popular music.

In the early days of the band, they were heavily influenced by the avant-garde noise music of artists like Throbbing Gristle and Kraftwerk, and incorporated elements of industrial, funk, and electronic music into their sound. As the band progressed, they began to experiment with more electronic and dance-oriented sounds, incorporating elements of techno, house, and other genres.

One of Cabaret Voltaire's most notable achievements was their influence on the development of the British electro-punk scene. They were among the first acts to incorporate electronic elements into punk rock, paving the way for bands like The Human League, Depeche Mode, and Gary Numan. Their music was also a key influence on the development of the post-punk and alternative dance scenes, inspiring acts like Joy Division and New Order.

Cabaret Voltaire released a number of albums and EPs throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including their debut LP "Mix-Up" in 1979 and their seminal release "The Voice of America" in 1980. They also released a number of singles and tracks that became underground hits, including "Nag Nag Nag" and "Don't Argue."

Despite their influence on the music world, Cabaret Voltaire were never able to achieve mainstream success. The band went through several line-up changes over the years, with Mallinder and Kirk being the only constant members. They officially disbanded in 1994, with Mallinder and Kirk going on to pursue solo careers.

Despite their limited commercial success, Cabaret Voltaire's impact on the world of music cannot be denied. They were trailblazers in the world of electronic music, and their unique blend of punk, industrial, and dance sounds continues to inspire artists today.