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Richard H Kirk RIP

Discussion in 'music' started by Jono_13, Sep 21, 2021.

  1. Jono_13

    Jono_13 Duffer

    Just announced by Mute.

    Great musician, great gigs and a real pioneer of electronic music
  2. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob Champagne fascia aficionado

    Just announced that he has died, he was only 65.

    One of three founder members of Cabaret Voltaire. For me they did all their best work on their first few LPs, when Chris Watson was still a member, but I know many people like their later, more danceable, stuff.

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  3. Jono_13

    Jono_13 Duffer

    I saw them in both 1981 and 1982 when the original lineup were together. Loud and visceral music experience, with the added joy of a slowly rotating back projection to unsettle even more. Excellent.
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  4. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob Champagne fascia aficionado

    I saw them first around that time too, more than any other they were the group who opened me to electronic music.
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  5. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Sad news. Cabs were brilliant and I have some of his solo work which was damn good too.
  6. Jono_13

    Jono_13 Duffer

    @Tony L feel free to remove this thread
  7. Gerard124

    Gerard124 Not my King

    Far too young . . .

    I saw Cabaret Voltaire live at the Hacienda back in the day.
  8. kensalriser

    kensalriser pfm Member

    Oh man, that's much too young.
  9. guey

    guey pfm Member

    Kinnell, that's a bit of a shocker. RIP RHK.
  10. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    That is very sad news. I have the usual vinyl (Red Mecca, 2x45 etc) plus saw them pretty early on (Plato’s Ballroom Liverpool in 81 I think). I have a couple of Richard H Kirk’s later Warp albums too. Far too young. RIP.
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  11. mikechadwick

    mikechadwick pfm Member

    Wow, I’m shocked! I had a few dealings with Richard and distributed a couple of albums on Plastex. 65 is too young! RIP Richard.
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  12. mentalp

    mentalp pfm Member

    sad news

  13. Paul Gravett

    Paul Gravett Good Bot Gone Bad

    Very sad news. Though rarely talked about nowadays, Cabaret Voltaire were one of the most influential bands of the late 70s/80s. I first came to them through their 1980 album, Red Mecca. They were big favourites of the NME, which I read avidly. I was lucky enough to see them play twice, in 1983 touring The Crackdown - one of their best albums - and three years later just after they'd released The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord. Some of their best moments, I would argue, are to be found on 12" singles, especially Sensoria (1985), one of the greatest songs and music videos of all time.
    Cabaret voltaire- sensoria ( long version) - YouTube
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  14. Jono_13

    Jono_13 Duffer

    Spinning now...

    [​IMG]Untitled by Jonathan Roberts, on Flickr
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  15. John C

    John C pfm Member

    In the late seventies I amassed a great collection through Rough Trade mail order to Northern Ireland, all lost now. For the life of me I can’t remember how that happened or even how I sent the orders. The single* most influential record on all my listening since then in my admittedly hazy memory is of the b side of Nag Nag Nag single. I still marvel occasionally at the greatness of Red Mecca. RIP to a true great.

    *Even including Grotesque after the Gramme
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  16. chiily

    chiily PFM Special Builder

    Very sad news.
  17. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    Yes, sad news indeed. R.I.P.
  18. irons1965

    irons1965 pfm Member

    Did a double take when I saw this. RIP.
  19. zygote23

    zygote23 pfm Member

    There is rarely a week goes by that I am not blaring Cabaret Voltaire or more often Sandoz & RHK. Sadly missed. I had bought most of his output on vinyl during the 90' sadly lost in many moves or sales!
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  20. Orbe Chaser

    Orbe Chaser pfm Member

    Very sad & no age at all. I got to know Richard (& Stephen & Chris to a lesser extent) from the start as I was a DJ & small time promoter in Sheffield at the time. I had never heard music like that, it was a breath of fresh air & pretty revolutionary really. I was invited in to their studio & to their gigs many times & I treasure those memories, & their records.
    R.I.P. Richard.

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