IN THE SHADOWS: CABARET VOLTAIRE, LIVE AT THE HACIENDA, 1983.
The Haçienda opened its doors on May 21, 1982, and the very next day Cabaret Voltaire played its first gig there.
A year later, in August 1983, Cabaret Voltaire released The Crackdown, which is arguably their strongest LP (either that or Red Mecca), and the band did a brief series of gigs in the U.K. to support the album.
The Haçienda show took place on August 11, 1983, and it was documented on video.
In 1982 Cabaret Voltaire had left Rough Trade, only to end up on Stevo Pearce’s industrial-friendly Some Bizzare Records label. That connection led Cabaret Voltaire to work with Mark Ellis, the prolific postpunk producer/engineer known as “Flood,” on The Crackdown. In the years to come, Flood would experience considerable successes with U2 and Nine Inch Nails, among many others.
I’ve seldom seen concert footage which is as bathed in darkness as this one, but the nearly hour of playing is no less mesmerizing for that.
In The Shadows
Gut Level (Version)
Over and Over