Track of the Day: 'Sensoria'

Past TracksWe're heading back to 1984 today for a music video that was so outré, so pretentious, and so grand that it was actually acquired by The Museum of Modern Art in New York as an example of video art. (Take that, Lady Gaga!) Sheffield's Cabaret Voltaire were Dadaist punks in the late 1970s, but in the early '80 they began embracing funk music and synthesizers in roughly equal measure. This track is quite possibly their masterpiece. The lyrics are High Cold War paranoia. As for the video, I can't explain the spooky preacher and his willing charge. Nor the ladies dancing near the cooling towers of a nuclear power plant. However, the groove is gigantic and undeniable.



On iTunes: Cabaret Voltaire / Sensoria (live) (there's no studio version available on iTunes)

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Brendan Hasenstab is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.

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