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Baker's Dozen

The Death Of Dissent: Richard H Kirk's Baker's Dozen
Kiran Acharya , December 5th, 2016 10:43

With the release of the Richard H Kirk and Sandoz box sets, the Cabaret Voltaire lynchpin takes us through thirteen of his favourite and most enduring albums


David Bowie – Low
I was a Bowie fan from about 15. I went to see the Ziggy Stardust tour in Sheffield and was kind of blown away as much by the way he looked. The music was fantastic and Low was a really good turning point for him. Station To Station was a fantastic album but to see Bowie embrace electronic music? He did Cabaret Voltaire and a lot of people like us a favour because after Bowie doing that a lot of so-called trendy people got into electronic music. People were getting into Kraftwerk when Trans Europe Express came out in 1977 as well. There was a bubbling under of people embracing electronic stuff. Bowie did it really well. It was cool that he'd split the two sides – one was more rhythmic and 'normal' with rock & roll components, and the b-side was almost choral, using loads of Mellotrons and weird chants. It's a special album. I never met him but he was aware of Cabaret Voltaire. One of my ex-colleagues, Stephen Mallinder, met him somewhere in London in the mid-80s and he said, "Oh yeah, you've got 'Drinking Gasoline' coming out." That kind of feels good.

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