Johnny Yesno

Cabaret Voltaire

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Johnny Yesno Review

by David Jeffries

Strange when a small sliver of a band's career gets blown up into super size, but that's just what this box set does, and it's revisionist blowing-up at that. Johnny Yesno Redux is a two-CD/two-DVD set that focuses on director Peter Care's Johnny Yesno film and the industrial music that went with it, but you won't find Cabaret Voltaire's original soundtrack here. Instead, paranoid, trippy remixes of the originals from Cabs member Richard H. Kirk are included, along with unreleased material, most of it skeletal and strange. Why the video portion gets the original film along with the remix while the audio portion gets shortchanged is a frustrating question, but Cabaret Voltaire fans always appreciate any unheard music. Plus, with new material showing Kirk to be in fine form, this set's target audience should go from intrigued to satisfied.

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