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Studio album by
Released23 October 1979
RecordedJuly–August 1979
StudioWestern Works, Sheffield
LabelRough Trade
ProducerCabaret Voltaire
Cabaret Voltaire chronology
Extended Play
Live at the Y.M.C.A.

Mix-Up is the debut studio album by English band Cabaret Voltaire. It was released on 23 October 1979, through record label Rough Trade.


The album contains a cover of The Seeds' song "No Escape", from their 1966 eponymous debut album.

Critical reception[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Blender3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[3]
Smash Hits5/10[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[5]

Writing in Smash Hits in 1979, Red Starr said the album was an "intriguing but only occasionally attractive array of verbal and musical images". Starr went on to say that it sounded like "pointless backroom self indulgence".[4]

In a retrospective review, Head Heritage described Mix-Up as "a great snapshot of a brief period in post-punk UK when there was a sudden urge to grapple with a bizarre, homemade, hamfisted white dub landscape."[6] AllMusic writer Andy Kellman was less favourable, writing that "Cabaret Voltaire's first two proper studio albums hardly match the greatness of later works like Red Mecca, 2 X 45 and even 3 Crepuscule Tracks", while noting that Mix-Up "only helped solidify Cabaret Voltaire's status as an integral part of the extended frisson of 1978–1982 post-punk".[1]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Cabaret Voltaire (Chris Watson, Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder), except as noted.

Side A
1."Kirlian Photograph"5:32
2."No Escape" (written by Sky Saxon)3:34
3."Fourth Shot"3:57
4."Heaven and Hell"5:45
5."Eyeless Sight" (live)3:12
Side B
1."Photophobia" (lyrics by "Victor")5:49
2."On Every Other Street"4:01
3."Expect Nothing"6:05


Cabaret Voltaire
Additional personnel


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c Kellman, Andy. "Mix-Up – Cabaret Voltaire". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  2. ^ Howe, Rupert (April–May 2002). "Cabaret Voltaire: (Various)". Blender. No. 6. Archived from the original on 10 February 2003. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  3. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Cabaret Voltaire". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 128–29. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Starr, Red (15–28 November 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits. Vol. 1 no. 25. p. 31.
  5. ^ Sinker, Mark (1995). "Cabaret Voltaire". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 67–68. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  6. ^ mare-C (22 April 2002). "Cabaret Voltaire – Mix-Up". Head Heritage. Retrieved 3 September 2016.

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