Cabaret Voltaire ‎– Doublevision Present; Cabaret Voltaire

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Originally released on VHS in 1982 by Doublevision.

Liner Notes: Doublevision was a communication company founded by Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Smith in 1982 initially as a vehicle for this programme, and also with a view to releasing affordable music based video (video releases were generally between 40 and 70 pounds back then) for around 15 pounds. Material released by Throbbing Gristle, Derek Jarman, The Residents, Einsturzende Neubauten, Chris and Cosey (cti), 23 Skidoo, Tuxedomoon and many others,. To help finance / and compliment the video releases, records by Cabaret Voltaire, Chakk, Lydia Lunch, Arto Lindsay, Clock dva, The Hafler Trio, Eric Random helped to turn it also into a forward thinking record label which organised various audio visual events and club nights around England. The label continued throughout most of the 80s and left behind an interesting legacy of experimental visual arts and music.
RHKirk, Oct 2002

All videos by Cabaret Voltaire except "Obsession", "Nag Nag Nag", "Photophobia" and "Seconds Too Late" by St. John Walker of Plan 9 with special thanks to Roger Bush (Communication Dept. Sheffield Polytechnic). "Extract From Johnny YesNo" courtesy Peter Care.

Special Thanks to; Phil Barnes, Lyn Clark, John Lake, Steve Nall, Psychic Television, Jon Savage, Paul Smith-Boden, Christopher Watson, Tony Wilson, Tim Owen.

"Double Vision Presents Cabaret Voltaire" was one of the first independent long form videos ever made. As such it is a collectors item. The audio and visual quality of this programme may be of a slightly lower standard than is usual today.

℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd.
© 2004 Mute Records Ltd.
Distributed by Vital.
Printed in the EU.

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  • Barcode: 5016025070183
  • Matrix / Runout: MEDIAMOTION 2507018-0 NTSC @1
  • Matrix / Runout: MEDIAMOTION 2507018-1 NTSC @ 3
  • Other (Distribution Code): PM 908
  • Label Code: LC5834
  • Rights Society: bel BIEM
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L046
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 157C

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June 3, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

Warp Records's recent anthology of videos proves how quickly music videos can date - with techonolgy and trend moving so fast, even Chris Cunningham's efforts are starting to look worn.
Props to Cabaret Voltaire then - 'Double Vision' is a salvo of noise, hiss and distortion. No tacky 80's art-films like the ones Jarvis Cocker directed for Warp - Cabaret Voltaire not only had their unique sound down, but were also ahead of their time, using TV interference, and strange David Lynch-style visuals to accompany their uncompromising music, alongside more conventional videos for classics such as 'Nag Nag Nag', which give the 70s pop video an industrial twist.

Then they started making house. What the hell happened there?